World Bank Research E-Newsletter [September-October 2007]
The global climate change agenda is increasingly in the news in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali this December. In a timely brief, Craig Meisner and Uwe Deichmann describe research that provides insights on the attitudes that countries are likely to display on international treaties regulating carbon emissions. The analysis classifies countries in terms of their vulnerability along two dimensions. The first dimension is “source vulnerability”, which looks at access to fossil fuels and renewable energy, and the potential size of employment and income shocks following the introduction of some form of carbon tax. The second is “impact ulnerability”, or susceptibility to climate-related hazards and sea-level rise. The research uses composite measures drawn from a geo-referenced database of indicators related to global change and energy.
17 Feb 2010