Climate Change as a Driver of Global Change

Seminar, SS 2011
Universität Duisburg-Essen
LC 140

Dirk Messner
Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Tel.: 49 (0)228 94927-110 (-111)

April 11, 2011, 10.00 – 11.30 h
Messner, Dirk (2010); The three waves of global change, Discussion Paper, Bonn/ Beijing

May 2, 2011, 10.00 – 13.00 h
Dynamics of climate change
Archer, David (2009): The long thaw. How humans are changing the next 100.000 years of Earth`s climate, Princeton

Broecker, Wallace/ Kunzig, Robert (2008): Fixing climate, New York

Rahmstorf, Stefan/ David Archer (2009): The climate crisis, Cambridge 2010

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Earth system change and planetary boundaries
Rockström, Johan et al. (2009): A safe operating space for humanity. The planetary boundaries, Nature, Vol. 461, 24. September, 472-476
Special Issue of Nature, September 2009: Tipping points and climate change

May 9, 2011, 10.00 – 13.00 h
Who defines what “dangerous climate change” is about?
Crutzen, Paul/ Christian Schwägerle (2010): Living in the Anthropocene: Towards a New Global Ethos, in: Yale Environment, No. 360

Jäger, Carlo/ Julia Jäger (2011): Three views on two degrees, in: Regional Environmental Change, 11 (Suppl. 1), 15-26

May 23, 2011, 10.00 – 14.00 h
Climate politics
Giddens, Anthony (2009): The politics of climate change, London 2009 (Einleitung; außerdem ersch. als Policy Network Paper)

Halden, Peter (2007): The geopolitics of climate change, Stockholm

Newell, Peter (2007); Climate for change, Cambridge

Leggewie, Claus/ Dirk Messner (2011): The chronicle of a disaster foretold. How climate change is communicated, KWI/ DIE, MS

The economics of climate change
Stern, Nicholas (2007): The economics of climate change, London

Wissenschaftlicher Beirat beim Bundesministerium der Finanzen (2010): Klimapolitik zwischen Emissionsvermeidung und Anpassung. Gutachten, Berlin

Climate Negotiations – possible climate regimes
Dröge, Susanne (2010): International climate policy, Research Paper SWP, Berlin

E3G (2010): EU must learn lessons from Copenhagen and lead by example, Discussion Paper, London (

Ostrom, Elinor (2009): A policentric approach for coping with climate change, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, Washington

WBGU (2010): Klimadiplomatie nach Kopenhagen, WBGU Policy Paper, Berlin (

Frankel, Jeffrey (2009): An eleborated proposal for a global climate policy architecture, in: Aldy, Joe/ Rob Stavins (Hrsg.): Post-Kyoto international climate policy, Cambridge (auißerdem ersch. als Belfercenter Discussion Paper 08-08)

Pan, Jiahua/ Ying Chen (2009): The carbon budget proposal, Research Centre for Sustainable Development. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing

WBGU (2009): Solving the Climate Dilemma. The Budget Approach, Berlin

June 6, 2011, 10.00 – 13.00 h
Climate change – impacts on development
Hare, William et al. (2011): Key vulnerable regions, climate change and limits to warming, in: Regional Environmental Change, 11 (Suppl. 1), 1-13

UNDP (2008): Fighting climate change, Human Development Report, New York (kompletter Bericht als PDF)

World Bank (2009): Climate change and development, World Development Report, Washington (kompletter Bericht als PDF)

Climate change as a security risk
EU (2009): Climate and Security Action Plan, Brussels

Royal Society (2011): Four degrees and beyond: the potential for a global temperature increase of four degrees and its implications, in: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (2011), 369

WBGU (2008): Climate change as a security risk, London

June 27, 2011, 10.00 – 13.00
Mitigating dangerous climate change: How might a low carbon economy look like?
Edenhofer, Ottmar et al. (2009): The economics of decarbonization, Potsdam/ Cambridge

McKinsey (2009): Pathways to a low-carbon economy. Version 2 of the global greenhouse gas abatement cost curve, McKinsey & Company, London

Messner, Dirk/ John Schellnhuber/ Stefan Rahmstorf/ Daniel Klingenfeld (2010): The budget approach. A framework for a global transformation towards a low carbon economy, in: Journal for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, special issue on Low Carbon Development

UNEP (2011): Towards a green economy, Nairobi

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2009): A Global green New Deal for climate, energy, and development, New York

How to cool the planet? Is geoengineering a solution? Strategies and risk (Geoengineering: a climate change Manhattan project)

Barrett, Scott (2008): The incredible economics of geoengineering, in: Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 39, No. 8, 45-54 (Artikel als PDF-Dokument)

Steffen, Will/ Paul Crutzen/ Mc Neill, John (2007): Are humans now overwhelming the great forces of nature?, in: Journal of the Human Environment, Vol. 36, No. 8, 614-621 (Artikel als PDF-Dokument)

July 4, 2011, 10.00 – 13.00 h
The Great Transformation - Global low carbon society?

Grin, John/ Jan Rotmans/ Schot, Johan (2010): Transitions to a sustainable development, New York

Meadows, Donella (2004): Limits to growth – The 30year update, London

WBGU (German Advisory Council on Global Change) (2011): World in transition. A social contract for sustainability, Berlin