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Book Reviews Climate Law 1 (2010) 443–466 DOI 10.3233/CL-2010-021 IOS Press Climate Change Policy in the European Union: Confronting the Dilemmas of Mitigation and Adaptation? Edited by Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt, Tim Rayner and Frans Berkhout Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 284 pp., ISBN 978-0-52119612-3, £60. As the authors note in the preface to this notable book, climate change is shaping up to be one of the defining issues of this century. They are probably being modest in making this claim, for climate change might well become one of the defining issues in human history so far. If climate change mitigation policies are successful, humankind will have had to radically alter its developmental paths to make them sustainable. If, on the other hand, climate change mitigation fails and global average temperatures increase dramatically above pre-industrial levels, the world that will result will be an unimaginable one. In designing, adopting, and implementing climate mitigation and adaptation policies, policy makers face extremely serious decision dilemmas, knowing in advance that any choice made— including avoiding making choices—will have very serious and long-lasting consequences which will affect different peoples in different ways. Moreover, since climate change is a particularly wicked problem, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Climate Law IOS Press

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Climate Law , Volume 1 (3) – Jan 1, 2010

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Publisher
IOS Press
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Copyright © 2010 by IOS Press, Inc
ISSN
1878-6553
eISSN
1878-6561
DOI
10.3233/CL-2010-021
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Climate Law 1 (2010) 443–466 DOI 10.3233/CL-2010-021 IOS Press Climate Change Policy in the European Union: Confronting the Dilemmas of Mitigation and Adaptation? Edited by Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt, Tim Rayner and Frans Berkhout Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 284 pp., ISBN 978-0-52119612-3, £60. As the authors note in the preface to this notable book, climate change is shaping up to be one of the defining issues of this century. They are probably being modest in making this claim, for climate change might well become one of the defining issues in human history so far. If climate change mitigation policies are successful, humankind will have had to radically alter its developmental paths to make them sustainable. If, on the other hand, climate change mitigation fails and global average temperatures increase dramatically above pre-industrial levels, the world that will result will be an unimaginable one. In designing, adopting, and implementing climate mitigation and adaptation policies, policy makers face extremely serious decision dilemmas, knowing in advance that any choice made— including avoiding making choices—will have very serious and long-lasting consequences which will affect different peoples in different ways. Moreover, since climate change is a particularly wicked problem,

Journal

Climate LawIOS Press

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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