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About rising powers and climate change

The Rising Powers are now major emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs). While economic growth in India and China slowed in 2012, the Rising Powers remain the fastest growing countries in the global economy. Energy security is a major concern, particularly given the large energy requirements of these fast-growing economies. Whilst there are concerns regarding the position taken by some emerging countries at international fora discussing climate policy, there are contradictions where Rising Powers are also manufacturing and adopting green technologies. Public and private actors seeking to strengthen energy security, national competitiveness, economic growth, or job creation often have a major influence on the speed and way in which climate policy develops. The literature in this section examines the role and relationship of Rising Powers with climate change and climate policy, the political economy of the latter, low carbon growth, carbon emissions, the green economy, and energy.

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Climate change mitigation strategies in fast-growing countries: the benefits of early action
V. Bosetti; C. Carraro; M. Tavoni / CESifo 2009
Focusing on the climate problem, it is now clear that developing countries, especially fast-growing regions such as those in the so-called BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China), will have a major impact on future emission dynamics an...

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Raising the bar on sustainable development: Renewable energy and environmental standards in FOCAC VI
Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch 2016
The 6th Forum on China - Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is taking place at a time when Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are high on most international development agendas. Two important aspects of this age...
A greener dragon? Climate change lessons and opportunities for cooperation between China and Australia
N. Fox / Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies 2016
China’s commitment to climate change mitigation is an important economic issue for Australia. As China is Australia’s largest trading partner, any adjustments China makes to its economy will impact the Australian eco...
India’s energy and climate policy: can India meet the challenge of industrialization and climate change?
C.K. Ebinger / Brookings Institution 2016
Within the energy and climate debate perhaps no issue is more contentious than the degree to which emerging economies should rely only on non-fossil fuel resources and energy efficiency to meet their growing energy demand. Perhaps the...
Integrating mitigation and adaptation in climate and land use policies in Brazil: a policy document analysis
Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy 2016
Brazil has taken the lead in climate policy design and implementation in Latin America with the adoption of the National Plan on Climate Change (PNMC) in 2008 and its climate change law, the National Policy on Climate Change, in 2009....
Climate change, food, water and population health in China
Bulletin of the World Health Organization : the International Journal of Public Health 2016
Anthropogenic climate change appears to be increasing the frequency, duration and intensity of extreme weather events. Such events have already had substantial impacts on socioeconomic development and population health. Climat...
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