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Handbook of Climate Change and India

Development, Politics and Governance

Edited by: Navroz K. Dubash

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781849713580
eBook ISBN: 9780203153284
Adobe ISBN: 9781136521584

10.4324/9780203153284
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How do policymakers, businesses and civil society in India approach the challenge of climate change? What do they believe global climate negotiations will achieve and how? And how are Indian political and policy debates internalizing climate change? Relatively little is known globally about internal climate debate in emerging industrializing countries, but what happens in rapidly growing economies like India’s will increasingly shape global climate change outcomes.

This Handbook brings together prominent voices from India, including policymakers, politicians, business leaders, civil society activists and academics, to build a composite picture of contemporary Indian climate politics and policy. One section lays out the range of positions and substantive issues that shape Indian views on global climate negotiations. Another delves into national politics around climate change. A third looks at how climate change is beginning to be internalized in sectoral policy discussions over energy, urbanization, water, and forests. The volume is introduced by an essay that lays out the critical issues shaping climate politics in India, and its implications for global politics.

The papers show that, within India, climate change is approached primarily as a developmental challenge and is marked by efforts to explore how multiple objectives of development, equity and climate mitigation can simultaneously be met. In addition, Indian perspectives on climate negotiations are in a state of flux. Considerations of equity across countries and a focus on the primary responsibility for action of wealthy countries continue to be central, but there are growing voices of concern on the impacts of climate change on India. How domestic debates over climate governance are resolved in the coming years, and the evolution of India’s global negotiation stance are likely to be important inputs toward creating shared understandings across countries in the years ahead, and identify ways forward. This volume on the Indian experience with climate change and development is a valuable contribution to both purposes. 

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Impacts of climate change on India Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Sea level rise: impact on major infrastructure, ecosystems and land along the Tamil Nadu coast  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The impact of climate change on a shift of the apple belt in Himachal Pradesh  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  India in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Global warming in an unequal world: a case of environmental colonialism (selected excerpts) Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Present at the creation: the making of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Download PDF
Chapter  7:  International climate negotiations and India’s role  Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The reach and limits of the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities in the climate change regime  Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Equity and burden sharing in emission scenarios: a carbon budget approach Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Equity in climate change: the range of metrics and views Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Climate change debate: the rationale of India’s position  Download PDF
Chapter  12:  India’s official position: a critical view based on science Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Views from outside: international perspectives on India’s climate positions Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Climate politics in India: three narratives  Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Climate change and the Indianenvironmental movement Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Hiding Behind the Poor debate: a synthetic overview Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Climate change and parliament Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Climate change and the private sector Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Corporate responses to climate change in India Download PDF
Chapter  20:  A change in climate? Trends in climate change reportage in the Indian print media Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Energy, development and climate change Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Climate change and urbanization in India  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Agriculture in the environment: Are sustainable climate friendly systems possible in India? Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Framework for India’s strategic water resource management under a changing climate Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Mitigation or exploitation? The climate talks, REDD and forest areas Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The technology agenda Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Mainstreaming climate change Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The geopolitics of climate change Download PDF
cover Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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