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Role of Rising Powers in climate change and climate policy, the political economy of policies, low carbon growth, carbon emissions, the green economy, and energy provision and security.

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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Developing the institutional capacity of China, India, Brazil and South Africa for international climate change policy
F. Yamin / Institute of Development Studies UK 2007
The role of large developing countries in combating climate change will become increasingly important as the world negotiates a post-2012 agreement on climate change. This report summarises the activities undertaken by the BASIC Proje...
Provides practical tools for achieving poverty reduction through mitigation and adaptation to climate change
South South North 2006
The South South North network adopts a pragmatic approach to tackling climate change and sustainable development. This module incorporates the main approaches and provides a toolkit for practitioners wishing to implement mitigation an...
Local financing for energy efficiency in China, India and Brazil urgently needed to reduce climate change?
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Minsk 2006
Without gains from energy efficiency efforts, China, India and Brazil are projected to more than double their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in a single generation, resulting in major impacts on the global energy system and c...
Strengthening the representation of Asian interests in the post-Kyoto climate regime
T.Y. JUNG / Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan 2005
This publication details a series of stakeholder consultations focussing on the post-Kyoto climate regime in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Viet Nam, as well as the broader Asia-Pacific Region. The aim of th...
Perspectives on climate change adaptation and development
K. Chatterjee / Development Alternatives Group 2004
This special issue of the Development Alternatives newsletter addresses the tenth conference of parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in a series of short articles offering various perspectives on issues of adaptati...
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