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Distributional Impacts of Climate Change and Disasters : Concepts and Cases

Distributional Impacts of Climate Change and Disasters : Concepts and Cases


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Climate change tends to increase the frequency and intensity of weather-related disasters, which puts many people at risk. Economic, social and environmental impacts further increase vulnerability to disasters and tend to set back development, destroy livelihoods, and increase disparity nationally and worldwide. This book addresses the differential vulnerability of people and places, introducing concepts and methods for analysis and illustrating the impact on local, regional, national, and global scales.

The chapters in the first section set the stage by focusing on the relationship between climate change and disasters and by broadly exploring their economic and social aftermaths. Further chapters explore particular impacts of climate change, including the social, political and even military conflicts that may arise over scarce natural resources, as well as the effects on biodiversity and thus the natural environment. Chapters in the last section discuss responses to climate change in terms of information sharing and preparedness, adaptation and mitigation – particularly the relevance of improving the role of markets, through investment and insurance, to face these challenges.

Researchers and policymakers involved in the study of climate change and disaster prevention will find this comprehensive volume of great interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848440371
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: New Horizons in Environmental Economics Series
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Edited by Matthias Ruth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of York, UK and María E. Ibarrarán, former Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Business, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Mexico

Table of Contents



Mario Molina


1. Introduction: Distributional Effects of Climate Change – Social and Economic Implications

Matthias Ruth and María E. Ibarrarán

2. Vulnerability, Sensitivity and Coping/Adapting Capacity Worldwide

Elizabeth Malone and Antoinette Brenkert

3. Climate Change and Natural Disasters: Economic and Distributional Impacts

María E. Ibarrarán and Matthias Ruth


4. Health Impact of Heat: Present Realities and Potential Impacts of a Climate Change

Laurence Kalkstein, Christina Koppe, Simone Orlandini, Scott Sheridan, and Karen Smoyer-Tomic

5. Gender and Climate Change Vulnerability: What’s the Problem, What’s the Solution?

Anthony G. Patt, Angie Dazé and Pablo Suarez

6. Income Distribution Effects of Policies to Mitigate Greenhouse Gases: The Case of Mexico

Roy Boyd and María E. Ibarrarán

7. Climate Change and Cities: Differential Impacts and Adaptation Options in Industrialized Countries

Matthias Ruth, Paul H. Kirshen and Dana Coelho

8. Climate Information, Equity and Vulnerability Reduction

Pablo Suarez, Jesse C. Ribot and Anthony G. Patt

9. The Security Challenges of Climate Change: Who is at Risk and Why?

Timothy Gulden

10. Distributional Effects and Change of Risk Management Regimes: Explaining Different Types of Adaptation in Germany and Indonesia

Hellmuth Lange, Heiko Garrelts, Winfried Osthorst and Farid Selmi

11. Conclusions

María E. Ibarrarán and Matthias Ruth


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