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Surviving Climate Change


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Introduction: Survival Means Renewal, Mark Levene and David Cromwell - Both University of Southampton
Part I The Big Picture
1. The Case for Contraction and Convergence, Aubrey Meyer
Part II The State and its Apparatus
2. Thinking the Worst: The Pentagon Report, Dave Webb - Leeds Metropolitan University
3. Preparing for Mass Refugee Flows: The Corporate Military Sector, Steve Wright - Leeds Metropolitan University
4. Britain, Political Process and the Consequences for Government Action on Climate Change, James Humphreys
Part III Critical Players
5. First they Blocked, Now do they Bluff? Corporations respond to Climate Change, Melanie Jarman
6. Mostly Missing the Point: Business Responses to Climate Change, David Ballard - University of Bath
7. The Mass Media, Climate Change and how things might be, John Theobald and Marianne McKiggan
8. Having the Information but what do you then do with it? The Scientific and Academic Communities, Jonathan Ward - University of Bristol
9. Asleep on their Watch: Where were the NGOs?, George Marshall
Part IV The Challenge Ahead
10.Clearing the Pathways to Transformation, Susan Ballard and David Ballard
11. Averting Climate Change: By Force, Persuasion or Enlightened Self-Interest ? Jim Scott
Afterword: Where Do We Go From Here? Mayer Hillman - Policy Studies Institute, London
Appendix 1: A Layperson's Glossary of the Global Politics of Climate Change, Tim Helweg-Larsen (Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynelleth, Wales) and Jo Abbess
Appendix 2: Climate Change campaigns and other relevant links
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

David Cromwell is the author of Private Planet (2001) and is co-author, with David Edwards, of Guardians of Power (2006). He is a researcher at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and the co-founder of the Crisis Forum with Mark Levene. Mark Levene is an environmental activist and a historican at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Genocide in the Age of the Nation-State (2005). He is also founder of Rescue! History, a network seeking to understand the historical origins of climate change.


"An insightful and inspiring collection from some of the foremost thinkers on climate change. Not to be missed." Mark Lynas, author of High Tide (Flamingo/HarperCollins, 2004)"Surviving Climate Change makes a clear and compelling case that we cannot head off climate disaster except by radically rethinking the social, cultural, economic and political ground rules which govern our lives. From their different perspectives, the authors together eloquently argue that global equity must be at the heart of any global climate agreement, and therefore that the contraction and convergence model is the only serious framework currently available as an equitable global tool for climate change mitigation. Such a framework will depend on genuine grassroots action to secure its success. This book will become a vital point of reference for anyone who believes that neighbourhood and community initiatives will be essential in rising to the challenge that is climate change. This is a visionary and hopeful book - an essential Survival Guide in turbulent times."Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP for South East England

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