Climate Change and Global Poverty

A Billion Lives in the Balance?

Climate change will inflict damage on every continent, but it will hit the world's poor disproportionately hard. Whatever hard-fought human development gains have been made may be impeded or reversed by climate change as new threats emerge to water and food security, agricultural production and access, and nutrition and public health.

Climate Change and Global Poverty: A Billion Lives in the Balance? draws on expertise from the climate change and development communities to ask how the public and private sectors can help the world's poor manage the global climate crisis. Increasingly, climate change and development are two sides of the same coin. Effective climate solutions must empower global development by improving livelihoods, health, and economic prospects, while poverty alleviation itself must become a central strategy for both mitigating emissions and reducing global vulnerability to adverse climate impacts.

Contributors include Jessica Ayers (London School of Economics), Manish Bapna (World Resources Institute), Ian Burton (University of Toronto), Joshua Busby (University of Texas), Thea Dickinson (Clean Air Partnership), Elliot Diringer (Pew Center on Global Climate Change), Kristie Ebi (ESS, LLC), Ned Helme (Center for Clean Air Policy), Saleemul Huq (International Institute for Environment and Development), Michael Jenkins (Forest Trends), Heather Kaplan (Oxfam America), Vinca LaFleur(WestWingWriters), Heather McGray (World Resources Institute), Robert Mendelsohn (Yale), Jane Nelson (Harvard), Anthony Nyong (African Development Bank), Raymond Offenheiser (Oxfam America), Atiq Rahman (Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies), and DavidWaskow (Oxfam America).

A Brookings-Blum Roundtable Project