|•||the risks of climate change from a socioeconomic as well as a scientific perspective;|
|•||the nature of public concern about climate change risks;|
|•||the trade-offs between adaptation and emissions control, and the importance of different forms of infrastructure (especially in developing countries) for enhancing the capacity for adaptation;|
|•||the costs of GHG control in an international context, accounting for trade and financial flows under different patterns of participation in international abatement efforts;|
|•||how large the "energy efficiency gap" is in practice, and the consequences for assessing the cost of GHG abatement;|
|•||the incentives for technical progress created by different climate policies, and the opportunity costs of inducing innovation toward GHG control versus other applications;|
|•||the processes of international negotiation and coalition formation as they apply to climate agreements, in theory and practice; and|
|•||the distributional impacts of different policy regimes.|
Most of these questions will persist well beyond a third edition of this book. Starting to address them now can only increase the economic soundness and ultimately the reliability of climate change policy into the future.
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Publication information: Book title: Public Policies for Environmental Protection. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: Paul R. Portney - Editor, Robert N. Stavins - Editor. Publisher: Resources for the Future. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 158.
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