The pressing issue of climate change & global warning is discussed in this article. Even with massive policy changes aimed to reverse global warming, the author argues that it may already be too late to preserve the planet from a man-made crisis. C. Goger
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The Pacific region - a diverse array of 7,500 islands of varying topographies, cultures, and economies - is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with significant economic costs. This study provides fine-scale climate-economic information that is critical for making development and adaptation planning decisions in Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Pacific developing member countries (DMCs). Economic assessment associated with climate information helps identify priority sectors, estimate funding needs, and prepare for economy-wide climate change impacts. Projections of total economic damage to the Pacific due to climate change are provided in various scenarios. Current and future plans for economic advancement must factor in climate change and its potential consequences. Local climate-economic information is essential for effective planning at all levels, ranging from public infrastructure investment to household and community adaptation programs.
The goal of this paper is to examine climate change through the lens of distributive justice. In doing so, it will attempt to answer how three important questions of distributive justice apply to climate change policy. These questions, what is the object of distribution, how should this object be distributed, and among whom should this distribution take place, will be the topics of the topics of the first, second, and third sections respectively. Through this examination, it is the hope of this paper that certain policy recommendations and climate change strategies can be developed which adequately take into account both the goods that contribute to the well-being or capabilities of people, as well as the negative impacts climate change has on them. It will be argued that when we view climate change in this way, it can be seen as a capability depriving force that limits development, and that climate change policies that focus on technology transfer and energy innovation are most equipped to deal with these problems.
Despite mounting evidence of the seriousness of climate change, the problem remains a low policy priority for most countries. Yet action is urgently needed. Emissions-trading regimes, which do too little to cap pollution, must be revised. And any new strategies must be customized to the particular needs and means of those states, developed and developing alike, that will have to implement them.