The mean global temperature has been increasing for over a century. With growing frequency, extreme events such as hurricanes, torrential rains and protracted droughts have been inflicting their disastrous consequences onto our habitat. Along with unemployment and international monetary crises, climate change poses a major economic (and ethical) challenge for contemporary society. Can we manage it? The authors suggest that the answer lies in sustainable development, a path we can still follow as long as we act quickly. The Climate Change Conference in Paris (November 30-11 December 2015), a crucial event for reaching an international agreement, provides the perfect opportunity to read this book, which uses up-to-date scientific evidence to explain the origins, the effects and the possible solutions relating to this major issue. Immediate action towards management of climate change is in everyone’s interest.
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Carlo Carraro teaches Economics at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, is vice chair of Working Group III at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), presides over the advisory board of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (established by the OECD, the UNEP and the World Bank), sits on the board of directors and the executive committee at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate, and is science director at the ENI Enrico Mattei Foundation (FEEM).
Alessandra Mazzai is an expert in new media and environmental communication and is information and communication officer at the International Center for Climate Governance.