Exploding the Population Myth: Consumption versus Population Which is the Climate Bomb? edited by A. Atiq Rahman, Nick Robbins and Annie Roncerel ISBN 984 05 1426 1 1998 144pp 240x180mm Tk.330.00 US$23.00
Global Climate Change is emerging as one of the most important environmental threats facing mankind. There is an increasing consensus amongst scientists worldwide that the threat is real. The Climate Convention and the more recent Kyoto Protocol demonstrate seriousness of the global community towards addressing the causes and consequences of global climate change.
This report is a pioneering contribution and brings together expertise from both developed and developing countries to place population control in its correct context in relation to climate change response strategy.
The report concludes that it is not population numbers in developing countries but the consumption pattern particularly in the north that are of importance as far as greenhouse gas emission is, concerned. Technology can play a vital role. The per-capita concept in greenhouse gas emission will continue to remain a central issue in the debate on global climate change policy and mitigation as we enter the post-Kyoto Protocol world.
A. Atiq Rahman is the Director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). He taught and researched for over 14 years in British Universities including Oxford and Aberdeen. He also coordinates the Global Forum on Environment and Poverty (GFEP) and the Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA). He has been a leading actor at the UNCED, global climate change negotiations, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Kyoto Climate Summit. He is also the Chairman, Steering Committee of Asia-Pacific National Councils for Sustainable Development.
Nick Robins is presently the Director of European Programme of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK His recent work has been on consumption and production processes in the North and the South.
Annie Roncerel is presently the Programme Advisor to the Energy and Atmosphere Programme within the Bureau for Policy Development at UNDP, New York. Her recent activities included the editing of the UNDP publication “Energy after Rio: Prospect and Challenges”.