Climate Change and Small Island States: Power, Knowledge and by Jon Barnett

By Jon Barnett

Small Island constructing States are usually depicted as being one of the so much susceptible of all areas to the results of weather switch, and they're a reason c?l?bre of many all for weather technology, politics and the media. but whereas small island constructing states are a lot said, the creation of either medical wisdom and regulations to guard the rights of those countries and their humans has been remarkably gradual. This publication is the 1st to use a serious method of weather switch technological know-how and coverage techniques within the South Pacific zone. It indicates how teams inside of politically and scientifically strong international locations acceptable the problem of island vulnerability in ways in which don't do justice to the lives of island humans. It argues that the ways that islands and their population are represented in weather technology and politics seldom results in significant responses to aid them to evolve to weather switch. all through, the authors concentrate on the hitherto principally missed social affects of weather swap, and show that version and mitigation regulations can't be potent with out knowing the social structures and values of island societies.

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These are widely reported in media representations of the region and are often supported by concerned groups such as international environmental organizations. We argue that these representations have portrayed the Pacific Islands in ways that render the possibility of Kerrypress Ltd – Typeset in XML A Division: chap01 F Sequential 18 JOBNAME: Earthscan−Climate PAGE: 19 SESS: 39 OUTPUT: Tue Mar 9 16:34:35 2010 SUM: 0E467BB6 /production/earthscan/books/climate/chap01 THE TROUBLE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE 19 responding to global warming seemingly pointless, and deny the resilience and agency that Pacific Island communities have and which could be useful elements of an adaptation response.

Freshwater limitations may lead to health problems. Coral reefs are exposed to bleaching events. All settlements are highly exposed to sea-level rise. Raised limestone islands Steep outer slopes Concave inner basin Sharp karst topography Narrow coastal plains No surface water No or minimal soil Depending on height may be exposed to storm surges and wave damage during cyclones and storms. Exposed to fresh water shortages and drought. Fresh water problems may lead to health problems. Flooding is extremely rare.

Nevertheless, understanding existing capacity to adapt to present environmental changes represents a sound basis for starting to think about adaptation. The second implication of the dynamism of island environments is that it complicates attribution of environmental changes to a single driver. Climate sceptics seize upon this dynamism to deny that environmental changes in islands are Kerrypress Ltd – Typeset in XML A Division: chap02 F Sequential 6 JOBNAME: Earthscan−Climate PAGE: 7 SESS: 37 OUTPUT: Tue Mar 9 16:48:42 2010 SUM: 547359F6 /production/earthscan/books/climate/chap02 ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN PACIFIC ISLANDS 27 the product of anything other than natural processes, with some also attributing observed local changes to other (non-climatic) human activities.

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