Climate and Development

Climatic Change and Variability and the Resulting Social, Economic and Technological Implications

  • H.-J. Karpe
  • D. Otten
  • Sergio C. Trinidade

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Overview: Report of the Hamburg Congress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H.-J. Karpe, D. Otten, Sergio C. Trinidade
      Pages 3-14
  3. The Larger Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. H.-J. Karpe, D. Otten, Sergio C. Trinidade
      Pages 17-18
    3. Henning Vorscherau
      Pages 19-21
    4. H. Riesenhuber
      Pages 30-39
    5. Wolfgang Gröbel
      Pages 40-42
  4. The Scientists’ Perceptions

  5. The Industry Point View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V.
      Pages 295-299
    3. Gunter Zimmermeyer
      Pages 300-331
  6. Views of Non-governmental Organisations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. H.-J. Karpe, D. Otten, Sergio C. Trinidade
      Pages 358-366
  7. Concerns of Developing Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. H.-J. Karpe, D. Otten, Sergio C. Trinidade
      Pages 385-388
  8. International Initiatives

  9. Where do we go from here?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-471
    2. M. Anandakrishnan
      Pages 473-475
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 476-477

About these proceedings


The Hamburg Congress on Climate and Development was conceived as a response to the worldwide interest on issues of climatic change and variability. It was intended as an interdisciplinary forum to bring together differing perceptions in a face to face dialogue. Even though concern over climate change has been on the international agenda of international interest became evident in the for over a decade, a new surge wake of two recent events. One was the widespread support received by the 1987 Brundtland Commission Report, Our Common Future, and the other was the 1988 Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. Although the problem of the ozone layer related to a single category of sub­ stances (CFCs), it took many years and a dramatk discovery of the ozone hole in Antarctica to allow for a breakthrough leading to an international agreement. The problems associated with climatic change and variability are much more com­ plex and pervasive than those of the ozone layer, and a much wider range of national and international issues are involved. The discussions in the 1988 session of the General Assembly of the United Nations revealed a surge of interest and growing awareness of the international community of the issues involved. Before that, the June 1988Toronto Conference on "The Changing Atmosphere: Implications for Global Security" was a signifi­ cant effort in forging a consensus on desirable targets for global action.


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Editors and affiliations

  • H.-J. Karpe
    • 1
  • D. Otten
    • 2
  • Sergio C. Trinidade
    • 3
  1. 1.INFU Institut für UmweltschutzUniversität DortmundDortmund 50Deutschland
  2. 2.DII, Deutsches Institut zur Erforschung der InformationsgesellschaftUniversität OsnabrückOsnabrückDeutschland
  3. 3.UNCSTD, United NationsNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-51269-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-45670-1
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