The future of democracy in the face of climate change

FDSD’s work on the future of democracy in the face of climate change is grounded in two hypotheses:
- First, that climate change will impact on democracy, when democracy is understood as a political system (see Paper Two). Democracy itself could even be threatened by climate disruption and related emergencies in some parts of the world if suitable mitigation and adaptation strategies are not adopted as soon as possible (as discussed later in this paper).

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SwissRe - Building a sustainable energy future - Risks and opportunities

With an expanding population and world
economy powered by oil, coal and gas,
fossil fuels have become a large part
of our daily lives. But this has come at
a price: greenhouse gas emissions,
which adversely affect our climate.
How much higher will this price rise
before we achieve a more sustainable
energy system? The Scenarios for
Climate Change project, a research
collaboration by Swiss Re and partners
from the public and private sectors,
gives insights into what tomorrow

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Energy to 2050 - Scenarios for a sustainable future

With this book, the IEA explores a longer time horizon using two types of
long-term scenarios: "exploratory scenarios" and "normative scenarios".
Exploratory scenarios are based on the correct identification of a few
critical uncertainty factors and are designed to explore several plausible
Energy to 2050: Scenarios for a Sustainable Future
Energy to 2050: Scenarios for a Sustainable Future
future configurations of the world, based on different expectations of

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Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 - Pathways to a Clean Energy System

Technologies can and must play an integral role in transforming the energy
system. The 2012 edition of Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP 2012) shows clearly
that a technological transformation of the energy system is still possible, despite current
trends. The integrated use of key existing technologies would make it possible to reduce
dependency on imported fossil fuels or on limited domestic resources, decarbonise
electricity, enhance energy effi ciency and reduce emissions in the industry, transport

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Global Scenarios to 2025

This economic growth was mainly driven by a two-speed world economy in which
populous emerging markets, such as China and India, were growing at more than 10%
and 8%, respectively. As a result, an economic shift in gravity away from OECD
countries to Asia is already on its way. This high economic growth has resulted in an
unprecedented demand for ultimately depletable natural resources. With population levels
rising from the current 6.6 billion people to an estimated 8.0 billion people by 2025, it is

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Great Transition - The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead

The global transition has begun—a planetary society will
take shape over the coming decades. But its outcome is in
question. Current trends set the direction of departure for the journey,
not its destination. Depending on how environmental and social
conflicts are resolved, global development can branch into dramatically
different pathways. On the dark side, it is all too easy to envision
a dismal future of impoverished people, cultures and nature.
Indeed, to many, this ominous possibility seems the most likely. But

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Globio - Global Methodology for mapping human impacts on the biosphere - the arctic 2050 scenario and global application

GLOBIO is a pioneering attempt to meet the needs of decision-makers and the public for
scientifically-based information about the consequences of their choices today for the future of
biodiversity, sustainable development, and local cultures.
Scenarios such as those used in the GLOBIO study are not predictions of the future. Instead, they
are tools that decision-makers can use to explore possible outcomes of choices they make today.
GLOBIO examines the potential consequences of different scenarios of infrastructure development

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Scenarios for 2040

There are, perhaps, three fundamental questions which we believe that we have addressed:
Will the international community address what we have called "systems
issues", and if so how will they do this? By this, we mean all of those concerns that
arise when hitherto isolated populations and commercial systems come into intimate
contact with each other: issues connected with security, law and policing, with
environmental and resource balances, with public health and related issues.

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What if? Future Seas Scenario Planning and the Establishment of a Marine Reserve Network

WWF-New Zealand initiated the Future Seas scenario planning project to look beyond the current real or perceived costs and benefits of marine reserves and explore what this protection tool could offer New Zealand in the dynamic future ahead.

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