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Strategies for Managing Global Environmental Risks

Annual Report 1998

  • German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

Part of the World in Transition book series (3377, volume 1998)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. Executive summary: Strategies for Managing Global Environmental Risks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 3-5
    3. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 6-9
    4. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 10-12
    5. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 13-20
    6. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 21-25
  3. Introduction

    1. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 27-31
  4. Concepts of risk and their applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 35-45
    3. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 46-51
    4. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 52-55
    5. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 56-64
  5. The environmentally mediated risk potentials of global change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 67-67
    3. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 68-80
    4. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 81-92
    5. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 93-110
    6. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 111-125
    7. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 126-139
    8. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 140-148
    9. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 149-151
  6. Integrated risk analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 155-175
    3. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 176-185
    4. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 186-193
    5. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 194-211
  7. Risk policy

    1. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 215-220
    2. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 221-230
    3. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 231-233
    4. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 234-236
    5. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 237-241
    6. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 242-250
    7. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 251-257
    8. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 258-262
  8. Strategies for dealing with unknown risks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 265-269
    3. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 270-278
    4. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 279-283
    5. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 284-292
    6. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 293-294
  9. Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 297-302
    3. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 303-313
  10. References

    1. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
      Pages 315-339
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 341-359

About this book

Introduction

Global risk potentials and their interplay with economic, social and ecological processes of change have emerged as a challenge to the international community. Never before has human intervention in nature assumed global dimensions. This has been driven on the one hand by a growing global population, particularly in developing countries, and on the other hand by rising human aspirations in conjunction with specific patterns of production and consumption, above all in industrialized countries. By presenting this report, the Council hopes to contribute constructively to an effective, efficient and objective management of the risks of global change. The approach taken by the Council is first to classify globally relevant risks and then to assign to these classes of risk both established and innovative risk assessment strategies and risk management tools. On this basis, management priorities can be set. However, the Council notes that it is impossible to safeguard against all global risks, particularly as exploiting opportunities will always entail taking risks.
To keep the risks to the international community posed by global change as small as possible, the Council recommends a number of cross-cutting strategies for international policies. These include worldwide alignment of liability law, creation of environmental liability funds, establishment of a United Nations Risk Assessment Panel and implementation of strategies aimed at reducing vulnerability to risk. The scientists further put the case for improving research promotion and maintaining basic research that is free of vested interests.

Keywords

Naturkatastrophen Risiko Risikomanagement Umweltpolitik Umweltrecht environment environmental law environmental policy natural disasters risk risk analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
    • 1
  1. 1.Secretariat at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine ResearchBremerhavenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-56958-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-52377-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-56958-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1666
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