Climate Finance: Regulatory and Funding Strategies for Climate Change and Global Development

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Richard B. Stewart, Benedict Kingsbury, Bryce Rudyk
NYU Press, Nov 1, 2009 - Law - 352 pages
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Preventing risks of severe damage from climate change not only requires deep cuts in developed country greenhouse gas emissions, but enormous amounts of public and private investment to limit emissions while promoting green growth in developing countries. While attention has focused on emissions limitations commitments and architectures, the crucial issue of what must be done to mobilize and govern the necessary financial resources has received too little consideration. In Climate Finance, a leading group of policy experts and scholars shows how effective mitigation of climate change will depend on a complex mix of public funds, private investment through carbon markets, and structured incentives that leave room for developing country innovations. This requires sophisticated national and global regulation of cap-and-trade and offset markets, forest and energy policy, international development funding, international trade law, and coordinated tax policy.

Thirty-six targeted policy essays present a succinct overview of the emerging field of climate finance, defining the issues, setting the stakes, and making new and comprehensive proposals for financial, regulatory, and governance mechanisms that will enrich political and policy debate for many years to come. The complex challenges of climate finance will continue to demand fresh insights and creative approaches. The ideas in this volume mark out starting points for essential institutional and policy innovations.

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About the author (2009)

Richard B. Stewart is a professor of environmental and administrative law at NYU School of Law, where he directs the Hauser Global Law School Program and the Center for Environmental and Land Use Law.

Benedict Kingsbury is a professor of international law at NYU School of Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and Justice.

Bryce Rudyk is a research fellow in international environmental law at the Center for Environmental and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law.

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