AdaptNet for 17 July 2007
- Victorian Local Government – Case Studies Report
- California – Actions to Reduce GHG Emissions
- Analysis of Vattenfall’s ‘Fair Climate Regime’
- Sectoral Agreements in a Post-2012 Climate Framework
- Enhancing Adaptation Capacity to Climate Change – Botswana
- Climate Change and Limits to Adaptation: Conference
1. Victorian Local Government – Case Studies Report
The report presents a detailed account of the level of Victorian local government activity in greenhouse mitigation and climate change adaptation. It provides an overview of the barriers to local government involvement across the state and proposes a number of recommendations to overcome them. The report contains 11 case studies to share knowledge and expertise within the sector.
Victorian Local Government Greenhouse and Climate Change – Case Studies Report 2007, Naree Atkinson, Pablo Brait, Luke Murphy and Nina Rogers, Municipal Association of Victoria, Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Program, Victorian Government, May 2007 [PDF]
2. California – Actions to Reduce GHG Emissions
The document describes the Air Resources Board (ARB) staff’s analysis and recommendations for discrete early action measures to reduce global warming emissions. These measures will become part of the State’s comprehensive, multi-year program with the overall goal of restoring emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.
Proposed Early Actions to Mitigate Climate Change in California, Air Resources Board, California Environmental Protection Agency, April 20, 2007 [PDF]
3. Analysis of Vattenfall’s ‘Fair Climate Regime’
The paper scrutinizes the Vattenfall’s proposal (the first major corporation to present a detailed and quantitative framework for a global climate regime) against the criteria of adequacy and equity. It examines the Vattenfall’s proposal in several different ways. Underlying all of them, however, is the question: “How effectively will the proposed framework protect what we call developmental equity?”
Curbing Climate Change? A Critical Appraisal of the Vattenfall Proposal for a Fair Climate Regime, Paul Baer and Tom Athanasiou, Global Issue Papers, No. 31, Heinrich Böll Foundation, June 2007 [PDF]
4. Sectoral Agreements in a Post-2012 Climate Framework
The paper examines the broader policy and structural questions relating to the development of sectoral approaches to climate change at the international level. Key issues include: different international sectoral approaches; the relative advantages of sectoral agreements; factors that make sectors more or less suitable for a sectoral agreement; and variables that must be addressed in developing these agreements.
International Sectoral Agreements in a Post-2012 Climate Framework – A Working Paper, Daniel Bodansky, Working Paper, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, May 2007 [PDF]
5. Enhancing Adaptation Capacity to Climate Change – Botswana
The paper focuses on how adaptation to climate variability can contribute towards building self-sustaining community adaptation capacity to climate change stresses in the Limpopo River Basin part of Botswana. It assesses the effectiveness of past strategies used by rural communities to reduce the negative impacts of climate variability.
Community Coping Strategies in Semiarid Limpopo Basin Part of Botswana: Enhancing Adaptation Capacity to Climate Change, Opha Pauline Dube and M. B.M. Sekhwela, Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change (AIACC) Working Paper No. 47, April 2007 [PDF]
6. Climate Change and Limits to Adaptation: Conference
The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the University of Oslo announce a two day international conference “Living with Climate Change: Are there Limits to Adaptation?” at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 07-08 February 2008. For further information, please visit the website given below.
Living with Climate Change: Are there Limits to Adaptation? The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the University of Oslo, The Royal Geographical Society, London, February 07-08, 2008
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