“Controlling Climate Change” by Dr. Bert Metz, first published by Cambridge University Press in 2010, is now also available for download free of charge at www.controllingclimatechange.info.
Dr. Metz is the former co-chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III on mitigation on climate change for the third and fourth assessment report of the IPCC. Dr. Metz is currently a fellow at the European Climate Foundation and actively involved in work to promote the concept of low-carbon and climate resilient development.
Dr. Metz describes his publication as a book that tries to provide an unbiased, comprehensive discussion on what we can do to solve the problem of man-made climate change. It addresses key questions, such as:
- What will happen if climate change is not controlled?
- What is the magnitude of the challenge to keep climate change impacts to manageable proportions?
- How can that be done while pursuing vital social and economic growth and development?
- What is the role of mitigation and adaptation in doing so?
- What measures can we take, in the main economic sectors, with currently known technologies and what do they cost?
- What policies are needed to make economically and technically feasible measures a reality? What policies work and do not work?
- What is the role of international agreements in controlling climate change? And how do international climate negotiations work?
While providing an in-depth overview of the issues, useful for students and those who are professionally involved in climate change and climate change policy, the book uses a minimum of technical jargon, making it accessible to non-specialised readers dealing with the issue and lay persons wanting to know more.
Looking through a development lens in finding solutions to climate change, the book will appeal to experts from developing countries because mainstreaming climate change into development policies is vital for an effective approach in these countries.
The book is also available in hard copy for purchase from Cambridge UK.