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India and Global Climate Change

Book Description

Though the impact of climate change will most likely be greatest with the already poor and vulnerable populations in the developing world, much of the writing about the costs and benefits of different policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is by Western scholars, working in advanced industrialized economies. Drawing the majority of its contributions from authors based at Indian universities and other research centers, India and Global Climate Change provides a developing world perspective on the debate. With a population of over one billion, and an economy that is undergoing substantial restructuring and greatly increased economic growth after a number of years of stagnation, India has an exceptional stake in the debate about climate change policy. Using the Indian example, this volume looks at such policy issues as the energy economy relationships that drive GHG emissions; the options and costs for restricting GHG emissions while promoting sustainable development; and the design of innovative mechanisms for expanded international cooperation with GHG mitigation.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. About Resources for the Future and RFF Press
  5. Contents
  6. Contributors
  7. Preface
  8. 1. Introduction
  9. PART I Economic Drivers of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    1. 2. Future Energy Trends and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    2. 3. Developmental Sustainability Implications of the Economic Reforms in the Energy Sector
    3. 4. Economic Policy Reforms: Implications for Energy Consumption
    4. 5. Some Issues in Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Informal Energy-Using Sector
    5. 6. Endogenous Substitution of Energy Resources:Theory and Application to the Energy Sector
  10. PART II Options for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
    1. 7. Policies for Carbon Abatement in the Presence of Regulatory Distortions:The Electricity Generating Sector
    2. 8. Carbon Sequestration in Forests: Potential and Incremental Costs
    3. 9. Evaluating Greenhouse Gas Control Strategies Using Multicriteria Approaches
    4. 10. Energy Economy Model Applications: Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trends and Mitigation Costs
    5. 11. Incentive-Based Approaches for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Issues and Prospects
  11. PART III International Climate Policy
    1. 12. A Noncooperative Theory of Emissions-Cap Determination
    2. 13. The Kyoto Protocol and Developing Countries: Strategy and Equity Issues
    3. 14. Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions:An Example of Short-Term and Long-Term Criteria
    4. 15. The Clean Development Mechanism: Issues and Options
  12. PART IV Conclusions
    1. 16. India’s Efforts to Minimize Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Policies, Measures, and Institutions
    2. 17. Global Climate Change: Indian Perspective Revisited and Restated
  13. Afterword
    1. Climate Change Impacts on India
  14. Index