Book Launch

Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Climate Change and Natural Disasters sends three messages. First human made factors exert a powerful role in natural calamities. Second, because of the link to human made actions, there is a pressing need to take preventive and mitigating actions.  Third, prevention in disaster risk reduction ought not to be viewed as a cost but rather an investment. Consensus and action on disaster management is the strongest reason to take on climate change within development strategies. Most essentially that calls on countries to switch to a low carbon growth path, which often faces opposition from special interest groups. Policy responses therefore are not only economic but political and social as well.

“A highly authoritative, lucid and timely analysis of the implications of climate change and disasters for sustainable development—the universally accepted path for humanity in the 21st century.” —Mohan Munasinghe, Chairman, Munasinghe Institute for Development

“A thought-provoking examination of the links between climate change and natural disasters, and how to tackle both. Its call for greater investments in natural capital, “nature’s infrastructure”—in addition to physical and human capital—to meet these critical 21st century challenges is particularly timely and welcome.” —Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature

“Recent extreme climate impacts in Asia and across the world underscore the urgent need to act on climate change. Policymakers need every resource available to put in place effective policies and incentives to achieve the vision outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement, and this book holds great potential to secure the practical pathways that can turn the Paris vision into reality.” —Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

“This is a timely and engagingly written book on an important topic of increasing international concern.” —Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University

“A compelling evidence-based call to action on the climate-natural disaster link. A must-read for development economists and advocates in rich and poor countries alike.” —Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development

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Oei Tiong Ham Building,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772
Mon 27 February 2017
05:15 PM - 06:30 PM

Dr Vinod Thomas

Dr Vinod Thomas

Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Dr Joo Yu-Min

Dr Joo Yu-Min

Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Mr Damon P. Coppola, MEM, ARM

Mr Damon P. Coppola, MEM, ARM

Principal and Founder, Shoreline Risk

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Prof Kishore Mahbubani

Prof Kishore Mahbubani

Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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