This book outlines current thinking and evidence on climate change, uses case studies to look at issues ranging from natural disasters to biofuels, and addresses what future there might be for Africa in a carbon-constrained world.

Climate change is a major challenge for us all, but for African countries it represents a particular threat and will hit the poorest hardest. In this accessible and authoritative introduction to climate change in Africa, Camilla Toulmin looks at a range of threats and opportunities from natural disasters to biofuels, from conflict to the oil industry, and asks what future there might be for Africa in a carbon-constrained world.

Camilla Toulmin is Director of the International Institute for Environment & Development. An economist by training, she has worked mainly in Africa on social, economic, and environmental development. This has combined field research, policy analysis, capacity building and advocacy. Her work has aimed to understand how societies evolve to cope with changed circumstances, and to demonstrate the links between global and local levels.

"Climate change is already having profound effects in Africa, from devastating floods to wars which are breaking out over land and water. Of all the continents, Africa is least responsible for these changes. This is a clear, reasoned and thoughtful book which will be of great importance in the crucial discussions which lie ahead." Lord Nicholas Stern

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