Books

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Upcoming April 2021

Alan's most recent work is a book with Durwood Zaelke and Stephen O. Andersen, Cut Super Climate Pollutants Now!, to be published in the first quarter of 2021 by Changemakers Books.

The authors describe the urgent need to reduce several climate pollutants including methane and HFCs (widely used as refrigerants) with short atmospheric lifetimes (unlike carbon dioxide). Slowing the rate of warming is critical to avoid feed backs and tipping points, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes in climate. Because of their short atmospheric lifetimes, these super pollutants can be reduced much more quickly — a “climate sprint” — to complement the more widely understood “marathon”, the more gradual reduction in CO2 emissions from burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. This marathon will require several decades to slow the rate of warming as reducing CO2 will also cut sulfates, pollutants which fall out of the atmosphere relatively quickly but offset some warming. The authors outline the actions needed and describe how this can be accomplished with the necessary speed based on lessons from the successful Montreal Protocol, the international agreement to protect the ozone layer.

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BOOK CHAPTERS

Business and Financial Implications of Climate Change – A Growing Reality, chapter in Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications, forthcoming from World Scientific (2021)

Climate Information for Climate Change Adaptation, with Johannes Hoedjes and Jeremy Usher, in Private-Sector Action in Adaptation: Perspectives on the Role of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (published by UNEP DTU, April 2018)

International Trade and Development, in Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, M. Gerrard, ed. (2007, publication of the American Bar Association)

Financing Clean Energy for Development, in The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development, R. Ottinger, ed. (2005, Cambridge U. Press)

Energy, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development, in Energy Market Restructuring and the Environment, M. Harriss, ed. (2002, University Press)

Legal, Environmental, and Labor Issues Arising from the Use of Solar Heating Technologies, in Implementation of Solar Thermal Technology, Ronal Larson and Ronald West, eds., (1996, MIT Press)

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