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What Next Volume III: Climate, Development and Equity

Climate change already affects all of us, but those most vulnerable to its impacts have done the least to cause the problem. Unless radical cuts in emissions take place soon, the world is set for dangerous climate change, with all of humanity at peril.

This 360-page new What Next Volume includes more than 20 articles by some of the world's most far-sighted commentators, researchers and activists.

It presents voices from across the North and South, addressing the combined challenges of climate, development and equity. It highlights the urgency of taking action, but also shows why any attempt to tackle climate change must be grounded in equity. How will humanity fairly divide the rapidly diminishing global carbon budget, while allowing billions of people in the global South (and North) the means for economic, social and environmental well-being? How can United Nations negotiations move forward, and what are real and false solutions?

The publication covers the scientific and equity context of climate change, the UN negotiations, real and false solutions and discussions on movement towards change and the role of civil society.

The publication is free of charge and intended to stimulate far-reaching debate, discussion and action! Please help spread and provide your thoughts and comments!

/Niclas Hällström, editor
These contributions from some of the world’s most far-sighted commentators should be required reading for heads of state, policymakers, journalists, activists and the concerned public. Together they make the loudest call for political and individual action and give governments the legitimacy to act.
John Vidal, Environment Editor, The Guardian


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Cover & table of contents
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– John Vidal
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– Niclas Hällström

Part I: Setting the Context

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Climate change going beyond dangerous – Brutal numbers and tenuous hope – Kevin Anderson
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Climate debt - A primer
– Matthew Stilwell
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The North-South divide, equity and development – The need for trust-building for emergency mobilization
– Sivan Kartha, Tom Athanasiou, Paul Baer

Part II: The Climate Negotiations

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A clash of paradigms – UN climate negotiations at a crossroads
– Martin Khor
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Why Bolivia stood alone in opposing the Cancun climate agreement
– Pablo Solon
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The Great Escape III
– Pablo Solon
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What happened in Durban? A civil society assessment
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Weak ambitions and loopholes
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India and Africa at COP 17 – The false dichotomy of 'survival vs. development' – Sivan Kartha
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Climate finance – How much is needed?
– Matthew Stilwell
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China and climate change – Spin, facts and realpolitik
– Dale Wen
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Climate change, equity and development – Indias dilemmas
– Praful Bidwai

Part III: What Next? On real and false solutions

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Climate as investment – Dead and living solutions
Larry Lohmann
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What goes up must come down – Carbon trading, industrial subsidies and capital market governance Oscar Reyes
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Darken the sky and whiten the earth – The dangers of geoengineering Pat Mooney, Kathy Jo Wetter, Diana Bronson
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Ecological agriculture, climate resilience and adaptation – a roadmap Doreen Stabinsky and Lim Li Ching
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A global programme to tackle energy access and climate change
Tariq Banuri and Niclas Hällström
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Reclaiming power – An energy model for people and the planet
Pascoe Sabido and Niclas Hällström

Part IV: Movement towards change

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Beyond patzers and clients – Strategic reflections on climate change and the 'Green economy' Larry Lohmann
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Civil society strategies and the Stockholm syndrome
Pat Mooney
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Leaving the oil in the ground – Communities connecting to resist oil extraction and climate change Nnimmo Bassey
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Riding the wave – How Transition Towns are changing the world and having fun Teresa Anderson
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Contributions and Glossary

Printed copies of the volume (Development Dialogue cover) can be ordered from the Dag Hammarsköljd Foundation ( Version with What Next cover can be obtained from What Next Forum (