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Climate change and development are closely intertwined. Poor people in developing countries will feel the impacts first and worst (and already are) because of vulnerable geography and lesser ability to cope with damage from severe weather and rising sea levels. In short, climate change will be awful for everyone but catastrophic for the poor.
Preventing dangerous climate change is critical for promoting global development. And saving tropical forests is essential to doing both. Frances Seymour and Jonah Busch's new book, Why Forests? Why Now?, illustrates how today—more than ever—saving forests is more feasible, affordable, and urgent.
Historically, the responsibility for climate change, though, rested with the rich countries that emitted greenhouse gases unimpeded from the Industrial Revolution on — and become rich by doing so. Now, some of the most quickly developing countries have become major emitter themselves just as all countries are compelled by the common good to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A major challenge of reaching a global deal on climate change was to find a way for poor countries to continue developing under the planetary carbon limits that rich countries have already pushed too far. That will involve scaling up finance to deploy clean technologies, to adapt to the effects of climate change, and to compensate countries that provide the global public good of reducing emissions, especially by reducing tropical deforestation.
CGD’s research and policy engagement on climate and development has had two aims: to strengthen the intellectual foundation for a viable international accord to come out of the COP 21 in Paris and to provide data, research, and analysis that policymakers and others can act upon even in the absence of an international agreement.
In the wake of December's UN Climate Change Conference in Indonesia, our panel will consider the next stages of international climate negotiations, discuss current efforts in both the developed and developing world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and assess the prospects and potential for a successful response to global warming. Specific topics will include the state of global, U.S., and Chinese climate policy, trends in renewable energy, and the role of energy efficiency. Following brief presentations by each of the panelists, the floor will be opened for an informal Q&A session.
On Monday, January 28th, President Bush will deliver his final State of the Union address to Congress, the American people – and to a global audience seeking to understand American's priorities in the world. Find out what global issues are on the president's mind in his last year as president and the legacy he hopes to leave behind. Will he mention malaria, trade, poverty, climate change? Join us for an evening of State of the Union CGD Bingo—serious fun in an undisclosed location!
Reservations are required and seating is extremely limited. Dinner and drinks are on you--large screen television, lively discussion, CGD Bingo cards and prizes are on us!
Please join us in honoring Global Witness, the 2007 winner of the Commitment to Development Ideas in Action Award, sponsored jointly by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and Foreign Policy magazine. Global Witness, a British NGO, has crusaded to stop the plunder of rain forests in Cambodia and Burma, driven the call for greater transparency within the extractive industries and helped to bring the problem of conflict diamonds in Africa to the world's attention. We hope you can join us in celebrating the achievements and tireless work of our 2007 award winner Global Witness.
This post originally appeared on the "Carbon Monitoring for Action" blog.
CGD's CARMA website (Carbon Monitoring for Action) uses information on planned construction of power plants to project increases in carbon emissions during the coming decade. In India, for example, CARMA projects that new facilities will increase CO2 emissions by about 150%, and much of the increase will come from enormous coal-fired plants. CARMA's ranking of Indian power plants on their future emissions shows that Tata Power Corporation's planned Mundra plant in Gujarat will rank third nationally, with projected annual CO2 emissions of 27.8 million tons when it is fully operational. Mundra will be bigger than Georgia's Scherer plant, the largest emitter in the US, which annually spews about 25 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Curious about the buzz surrounding climate change talk? Just can't get away from it, can you? Wondering what all the talk on climate change impact, mitigation,and adaptation means?
If you have pondered over these issues then you are invited to come hear Professor Robert Mendelsohn from Yale University, who will share his thoughts on climate change impacts and adaptation. He is a leading authority on the economics of climate change and policy. Over the last decade, he has developed insightful techniques for measuring the impacts from climate change that capture adaptation. Results of his research have been used to calibrate global impact models that predict the consequences of various climate scenarios. This research finds that climate change will hit low latitude countries especially hard but the net harmful effects of climate change will only become evident in the second half of this century.