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Author Harris, Samantha L
Title Climate Change and Small Island Developing States: Arguments for Accelerating Action
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Descript 97 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 49-06, page: 3739
Adviser: Ann B. Rappaport
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011
Small island developing states (SIDS) are some of the most vulnerable nations to the future effects of climate change; some are even experiencing climate change effects already. Increased intensity of tropical storms, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, and other effects all challenge the physical, economic and social viability of these nations. Why is it that the developed nations have not rallied to mitigate climate change or help small nations adapt to its effects? This thesis examines this relationship between developed and developing nations and what motivates action by developed nations. It then explores arguments that the SIDS can make to defend their importance and accelerate action by developed nations in order to protect the SIDS from damage associated with climate change. Data on SIDS economies informs the assessment. An analysis of five arguments, economic, tourism, human rights, diversity and resiliency, reveals that all are compelling except economic. SIDS have exceptionally diverse biological and cultural resources that are far more valuable than the countries' contributions to the global economy. Anticipatory action on the part of developed countries is needed to protect this rich heritage for our collective wellbeing
School code: 0234
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 49-06
Subject African Studies
Asian Studies
Baltic Studies
Climate Change
Caribbean Studies
European Studies
Pacific Rim Studies
Political Science, International Relations
Alt Author Tufts University. Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
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