Title: A new approach to climate change: ideas beyond carbon emissions

Authors: Leonardo Silveira Conke

Addresses: Faculdade de CienciasSociais e Aplicadasdo Parana (FACET), Av. Mal. Floriano Peixoto, 470, Centro, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil; Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Av. Prof. Lothario Meissner, 632, 2 andar, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

Abstract: Climate change is considered one of the greatest challenges in the relationship between humans and nature. One general belief is that this latest process of climate change is being accelerated (or even caused) by human greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. Based on that, almost all suggested actions to cope with the problem are about reducing GHG emissions. Therefore, on this essay, the purpose is to show why this current approach chosen by most groups of society to deal with climate change may not be accurate, as well as not sufficient. Also, the motivations for a new approach are presented, suggesting what sort of activities could (should) be done in order for society to successfully cope with climate change.

Keywords: climate change; global warming; greenhouse gases; GHG emissions; carbon emissions.

DOI: 10.1504/IER.2010.037905

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 2010 Vol.11 No.2/3, pp.178 - 190

Published online: 05 Jan 2011 *

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