The geopolitics of climate change

Authored by: Nitin Desai

Handbook of Climate Change and India

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781849713580
eBook ISBN: 9780203153284
Adobe ISBN: 9781136521584


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The essential problem with the current threat of climate change is that it is man-made and that the pace of change will challenge the adaptive capacities of all societies. 1 Humans can mitigate the threat by containing their contribution to the accumulation of greenhouse gases. But this requires a global framework as emissions in one part of the globe affect every other part. The geopolitics of climate change is about how these efforts to mitigate the threat and adapt to it impinge on the relationships of power between political jurisdictions, which, in today’s world, are basically the states that constitute the international system.

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