Climate Change, Science, and The Politics of Shared SacrificeAutor Todd Eisenstadt, Stephen MacAvoy
en Limba Engleză Paperback – aug 2021
well as their political implications. It reflects the recent changes in US climate policy under President Biden, as well as by other international actors, and covers recent technological advances, including carbon capture, storage and solar energy efficiency. This text presents the questions students need to address in an interdisciplinary approach to perhaps the most encompassing and wicked threat to our well-being in the 21st Century. It addresses the impacts of climate change, the history of international negotiations leading to the Paris Agreement
and its possible ambition gap, approaches to decarbonization by nations and economic sectors, efforts to construct post-fossil fuel energy systems, implications of recent technological advancements in energy and its distribution, the debate about the social cost of carbon, the economic costs of
adapting to climate change, and consideration of the proper roles of individuals versus governments, corporations, and environmental groups. Over a dozen applied exercises and case studies at the conclusion of each chapter to further illustrate timeliness of subject matter and give students hands on experience with role-playing exercises as United Nations negotiators, or Peruvian peasants suing a German utility company. The text addresses collective action problem early in the text, discussing the strength of the scientific evidence, the failure to come to terms with related social and political problems, and the scope of the problem and why so little has been done. Classes between theories of collective action
and interest group theories and the increasingly prevalent view of climate change as a security threat affecting some groups and countries more than others are also addressed. The second part of the book discusses that while there is no single magical solution, there are many solutions underway which could contain global climate change within plausible and prescribed limits. We also discuss forms of solving the associated political problems but note that different
solutions produce different winners and losers. Changes to how we produce and consume energy will be driven by market forces, thoughtful policy, and by steady efforts to inform the public.
Todd A. Eisenstadt is professor of political science at American University, where he serves as research director of the Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) in the School of Public Affairs. He has published ten books and dozens of articles on development issues and environmental politics. Part of his work on this text was conducted at The World Bank, where he spent 2018-19 as a recipient of the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured Professors. Stephen MacAvoy joined the faculty of American University in 2003 and has been Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Science since that time. He became Chair of the Department of Environmental Science in 2016. Recent publications have appeared in Applied Geochemistry, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Ecological Engineering and Marine Mammal Science.