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Climate Change Politics & Policy:
ENVS 4100/3521

Course Reading Materials

There are three main texts for the course:

1) Hulme, M. (2009) Why we disagree about climate change: understanding controversy, inaction and opportunity, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK

2) Boykoff, M. (ed.) (2010) The Politics of Climate Change: A Survey Routledge/Europa: London.

3) Schneider, S.H., Rosencranz, A., Mastrandrea, M.D. and Kuntz-Duriseti, K. (eds.) (2010) Climate Change Science and Policy. Island Press: Washington, D.C.

These books are available at the campus bookstore, costing approx. $20, $40, $40 each (new condition).

In addition, we will read and discuss various academic journal articles and gray literature (newspaper and magazine reports etc.) throughout the term. These are/will be available through the course webpage (as some will be added as these issues develop during the term) and are listed below:

Anderson, A. (2009) ‘Media, politics and climate change: towards a new research agenda’ Sociology Compass 3(2), 166-182.

Betsill, M. and Bulkeley, H. (2006) ‘Cities and the multilevel governance of global climate change’ Global Governance 12, 141-159.

Bottrill, C., Lye, G., Boykoff, M. and Liverman, D. (2008) ‘First step: UK music industry greenhouse gas emissions for 2007’, report for Julie’s Bicycle & the UK Music Industry, 2007-2008.

Bryant, R.L. (2009) ‘Born to be wild? Non-governmental organisations, politics and the environment’ Geography Compass, 3(4), 1540-1558.

Carlarne, C. (2008) ‘Good climate governance: only a fragmented system of law anyway?’ Law & Policy 30(4), 450-480.

Corbera, E. and Schroeder, H. (2011) ‘Governing and implementing REDD+’ Environmental Science & Policy, forthcoming.

City of Boulder (2006) Climate Action Plan, released September 25.

Dilling, L. (2007) ‘Toward carbon governance: challenges across scales in the US’ Global Environmental Politics, 7(2), 28-44.

Doyle, J. (2009) ‘Climate action and environmental activism: the role of environmental NGOs and grassroots movements in the global politics of climate change’ in Climate Change and the Media (Boyce, T. & Lewis, J. [eds.]) Peter Lang Publishing: London, 103-116.

Fawcett, T. (2010) ‘Personal carbon trading in different national contexts’ Climate Policy 10(4), 339-352.

Furedi, F. (2007) ‘The changing meaning of disaster’ Area 39(4), 482-489.

Hobsen, K. (2008) ‘Reasons to be cheerful: Thinking sustainably in a climate changing world’ Geography Compass, 2, 1-16.

Klinsky, S. and Dowlatabadi, H. (2009) ‘Conceptualizations of justice in climate policy’ Climate Policy 9, 88-108.

Lovell, H., Bulkeley, H. and Liverman, D. (2009) ‘Carbon offsetting: sustaining consumption’ Environment and Planning A 41(10), 2357-2379.

Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C. and Leiserowitz, A. (2009) ‘Global warming’s six Americas: an audience segmentation analysis’ Yale Project on Climate Change and George Mason University.

Morgan, W., Kandlikar, M., Risbey, J. and Dowlatabadi, H. (1999) ‘Why conventional tools for policy analysis are often inadequate for problems of global change’ Climatic Change 41, 271- 281.

Moser, S. (2006) ‘Talk of the city: engaging urbanites on climate change’ Environmental Research Letters, 1(1).

Newell, P. (2008) ‘Civil society, corporate accountability & politics of climate change’ Global Environmental Politics, 8(3), 122.

Nisbet, M. (2011) Climate Shift: Clear Vision for the Next Decade of Public Debate www.climateshiftproject.org

Nisbet, M. and Kotcher, J. (2009) ‘A two-step flow of influence? Opinion-leader campaigns on climate change’ Science Communication 30(3), 328-354.

Prins, G. and Rayner, S. (2007) ‘Time to ditch Kyoto’ Nature 449, 973-975.

Prins, G. and Rayner, S. (2008) ‘The Wrong Trousers: Radically Rethinking Climate Policy’ Joint Discussion Paper of the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, University of Oxford.

Prins, G., Galiana, I., Green, C., Grundmann, R., Hulme, M., Korhola, A., Laird, F., Nordhaus, T., Pielke, Jr., R., Rayner, S., Sarewitz, D., Shellenberger, M., Stehr, N., and H. Tezuka (2010) ‘The Hartwell Paper: A new direction for climate policy after the crash of 2009’ Institute for Science, Innovation & Society, University of Oxford; LSE Mackinder Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Prudham, S. (2009) ‘Pimping climate:  Richard Branson and the performance of green capitalism’ Environment and Planning A, 41(8), 1594-1613.

Rabe, B. (2008) ‘States on steroids: the intergovernmental odyssey of American climate policy’ Review of Policy Research 25(2), 105-128.

Ritter, Jr. B. (2007) Colorado Climate Action Plan: A Strategy to Address Global Warming.

Townshend, T., Fankhauser, S., Matthews, A., Feger, C., Liu, J., and Narciso, T. (2011) ‘Legislating Climate Change on a National Level’ Environment September/October, 5-16.

Van Asselt, H., Sindico, F. and Mehling, M. (2008) ‘Global climate change and the fragmentation of international law’ Law & Policy 30(4), 423-449.