climate change

Climate adaptation: to transform or not transform. A salutary case study

There is increasing interest (perhaps even hype) in transformational adaptation to climate change in agriculture, i.e. adaptation that involves large-scale, novel responses to reduce vulnerability to climate risks.

Transformational adaptation is less well understood than incremental adaptation, since there are few studies of agricultural enterprises making transformative changes in response to climatic change.

Mobilising civil society: can the fossil fuel divestment movement achieve transformational social change?

The divestment movement is at the forefront of civil society initiatives to raise public consciousness about climate change. This paper shows how the movement has harnessed grassroots activists, engaged in innovative and disruptive forms of activism and invoked symbolic politics to persuade the public of the importance and legitimacy of its claims. It also shows how the interconnections between the divestment movement and a cluster of others within a ‘governance triangle’ have amplified its effectiveness.

The fight for king coal’s crown: Business actors in the us coal and utility industries

Over the last two decades business actors have received growing attention in global environmental politics. In the context of climate change, scholars have demonstrated the capacity of business actors to directly shape outcomes at the national, international and transnational level.

Yet very little work has focused exclusively on business actors in the coal industry and utility industry. This is surprising given that resistance from these industries could delay and even derail government attempts to address climate change.

Three shifts in US energy policy: Implications for the globe

The US is the world’s largest gas producer, the world’s largest oil producer and it has the largest coal reserves on the planet. This talk, given by Dr Christian Downie, considers three significant US policy shifts made during President Obama’s second term: (i) easing the restrictions on natural gas exports; (ii) ending the de facto ban on crude oil exports; and (iii) limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants.


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