Population and climate change

November 07, 2000

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Cambridge University Press are pleased to announce the publication of Population and Climate Change by Brian C. O'Neill, F. Landis MacKellar, and Wolfgang Lutz. Population and Climate Change provides the first systematic in-depth treatment of links between two major themes of the 21st century: population growth and associated demographic trends such as aging, and climate change. The multidisciplinary team of authors integrates both natural science and social science perspectives intended for members of both communities.

The book examines the role of demographic factors in greenhouse gas emissions and asks how population trends affect the ability of societies and institutions to respond to the potential impacts of climate change. Based on this review, it considers whether climate change strengthens the case for population policies.

The book will be of primary interest to researchers in the fields of climate change, demography, and economics. It will also be useful to policy-makers and NGO's dealing with issues of population dynamics and climate change, and to teachers and students on courses such as environmental studies, demography, climatology, economics, earth systems science, and international relations. It provides overview chapters aimed at non-specialists on climate change, population, and population-economy-environment interactions that provide sufficient context for understanding the interdisciplinary analysis also presented in the book.
According to Partha Dasgupta, renowned economist at Cambridge University, "This is the first systematic, quantitative work to be done on population, climate, and the environment. It is expert, thorough, and, what is most pertinent, believable. It will prove to be the starting point for anyone who wishes to understand and work on this most important of problem areas." Brian C. O'Neill is an assistant professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies and Center for Environmental Studies at Brown University. F. Landis MacKellar is leader of the Social Security Reform Project at IIASA, and Wolfgang Lutz is leader of the Population Project at IIASA and Secretary General of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.
For information on purchasing the book, Population and Climate Change ISBN 0-521-66242-7, for $49.95, please visit www.cambridge.org. For further information on IIASA's Population Project, please visit www.iiasa.ac.at/Research/POP/.

IIASA is an independent, non-governmental, interdisciplinary research institution, which specializes in natural and social scientific research methods and models valued by policy makers, the scientific community and the public worldwide. IIASA is an international institution, with sponsoring member organizations in 15 countries.
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