Humanity has so far failed to respect some essential compatibility limits to ensure sustainable development. Is it possible to cha...
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Humanity has so far failed to respect some essential compatibility limits to ensure sustainable development. Is it possible to change the course? This book revolves around this question, focusing on climate change.
Averting Climate Catastrophe Together addresses the necessity of meeting the Paris Agreement temperature target and explores what framework could enable climate action in an effective, efficient and equitable manner that is consistent with that goal. It also looks at the contribution of technological change within the economic system, including the feasibility of a global energy transition.
Whether humanity can avoid catastrophic climate change appears to depend not on the availability of technological solutions, but rather on international cooperation and coordination. Given the various sustainability issues, this book also discusses whether it is possible to derive a general approach to them. It argues that dealing with compatibility limits in complex systems requires a holistic change in the system structure. Therefore, systems science is discussed together with economics, technological change, and sustainable development.
This book targets scientists and experts from different disciplines due to the interdisciplinary topic, but especially from environmental economics and energy technology; policy makers, as policy recommendations are provided to address climate change; as well as the general public due to the pressing common challenge of addressing climate change and comprehensive efforts for sustainable development.
Provides evidence based on climate science research on the necessity of meeting the Paris Agreement temperature target
Highlights the feasibility of the global energy transition as one major option to mitigate climate change, also going into detail about the process of technological change
Brings together systems science with economics, technological change, and sustainable development
Derives a framework to meet the Paris Agreement temperature target, enabling coordinated climate action in an effective and efficient manner while pursuing distributive justice
Martin Zapf conducts interdisciplinary research on the energy transition. He examines it in the context of climate change mitigation, the urgent need of which is a key driver for him. While writing this book, he carried out a research project via the Bavarian Academic Forum (BayWISS) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts. In recent years, he has published several books and papers, including on carbon pricing, the storage needs in the course of the energy transition and on the holistic assessment of greenhouse gas emissions and total costs of various automotive technologies.
Averting Climate Catastrophe Together
Framework for Sustainable Development with a Cooperative and Systemic Approach