Paradigms of global climate change and sustainable development: Issues and related policies

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2013
Authors  Prabhat Kumar Rai; Prashant Kumar Rai
Journal Title  Environmental Skeptics and Critics
Volume  2
Issue  2
Pages  30-45
Journal Date  06/2013
Short Title  Paradigms of global climate change and sustainable development: Issues and related policies
Publisher  International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
ISSN Number  2224-4263
Key Words  sustainable development; global climate change; policies; indigenous technologies; civil conflict

Combating climate change is intimately linked with peace and resource equity. Therefore, critical link establishment between climate change and sustainable development is extremely relevant in global scenario. Following the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the international sustainable development agenda was taken up by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD); the climate change agenda was carried forward by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). International and local climate change mitigation policies need to be assessed based on sustainability criteria. The increasing concern over climate change drives towards the search of solutions enabling to combat climate change into broader context of sustainable development. The core element of sustainable development is the integration of economic, social and environmental concerns in policy-making. Therefore, article also analyzes post-Kyoto climate change mitigation regimes and their impact on sustainable development. Wide range of post- Kyoto climate change mitigation architectures has different impact on different groups of countries. Nevertheless, there are several reasons for optimism that sustainable consumption patterns might develop. One is the diversity of current consumption patterns and the growing minority concerned with ethical consumption. Another is the growing understanding of innovation processes, developed to address technological change, but applicable to social innovation. A third reason is the growing reflexivity of communities and institutions.

DOI  DOI 10.0000/issn-2224-4263-environsc-2013-v2-0003
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