Climate change and variability, energy and disaster management: produced risks without produced solutions – rethinking the approach

O'Brien, Geoff, O'Keefe, Phil, Rose, Joanne and Wilson, Leanne (2008) Climate change and variability, energy and disaster management: produced risks without produced solutions – rethinking the approach. In: Climate Change and Disaster Impact Reduction. Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pp. 8-17.

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Abstract

Accelerated climate change and increasing climate variability is the single largest threat to the international goals of sustainable development, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and disaster risk reduction. Global discourses recognise the need for effective and sustainable responses tso produced climate risks. The risk types likely to occur are known, but only in broad terms - their scale, severity, longevity and frequency are not known. The challenge for policymakers is developing an effective framework within which sustainable responses can be formulated. To address the problems of produced risks a comprehensive approach to risk management is necessary. The mechanisms within the climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction discourses are not sufficiently effective or integrated to respond to this challenge. Fundamental reform to current modes of risk reduction is needed, but this can only be achieved through a shift in the dominant perspective on formulating sustainable responses. This requires a shift to an enabling policy framework that encourages bottom-up resilient responses. Resilience is argued as a tool for policy development that can enhance adaptive capacity to current climate risks and shape energy policy to respond to mitigate future climate risks.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: Geoffrey O'Brien
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 11:00
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 10:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9442

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