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Climate Change, Economic Development, and Global Equity

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  • J. Mohan Rao

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Climate change involves fundamental international asymmetries in terms of its sources and impacts. The World Development Report 2010 presents an optimistic picture of the possibilities for tackling global warming, its optimism rather at odds with the gloomy prospects that may well be in store for the world, and which the Report itself documents with a wealth of findings and projections from climatology and social-scientific studies. Its central message is the need for climate-smart policies i.e. those that enhance development, reduce vulnerability, and finance transition to low-carbon growth paths. While it may be readily conceded that climate- smart choices can enhance development, there is no warrant for the claim that growth per se, particularly when it is inequitable, is not part of the problem.

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  • J. Mohan Rao, 2011. "Climate Change, Economic Development, and Global Equity," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 1, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0209
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    Keywords

    Sustainable development; Global warming; Environment and development; Environmental equity;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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