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Social Implications of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Climate change is the defining development challenge of our time. More than a global environmental issue, climate change is also a threat to poverty reduction and economic growth and may unravel many of the development gains made in recent decades. Latin America and the Caribbean account for a relatively modest 12 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,1 but communities across the region are already suffering adverse consequences from climate change and variability (De la Torre, Fajnzylber, and Nash 2009). As highlighted in “Reducing Poverty, Protecting Livelihoods, and Building Assets in a Changing Climate” (Verner 2010), climate change is likely to have unprecedented social, economic, environmental, and political repercussions.

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  • Verner, Dorte, 2011. "Social Implications of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 61, pages 1-5, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep61
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    1. Dorte Verner & Jakob Kronik, 2010. "Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2472.
    2. Undp, 2007. "HDR 2007/2008 - Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world," Human Development Report (1990 to present), Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), number hdr2007-2008, December.
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    2. Paulo Bastos & Sebastian Miller, 2013. "Politics under the Weather: Droughts, Parties and Electoral Outcomes," Research Department Publications IDB-WP-455, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    3. Goh, Amelia H. X., 2012. "A literature review of the gender-differentiated impacts of climate change on women's and men's assets and well-being in developing countries:," CAPRi working papers 106, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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    Keywords

    climate change; latin america; weather; mitigation; adaptation; climate policy; developing countries; world bank; flood; drought; temperature;

    JEL classification:

    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • 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
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations

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