Dear Colleagues,

Climate Change in its more general definition refers to a change in the state of the climate that can be identified by changes in the mean and/or variability of its properties and, that persists for extended periods of time. Climate change can be caused by natural internal processes or an external factor, such as variations in the solar cycles or, human activities that drive permanent changes in the composition of the atmosphere and, consequently, in the natural resource management. The impacts of climate change, in some cases already visible and in others foreseeable, are manifold, for example, increase in global average temperature, droughts, erosion of biodiversity, proliferations of extreme weather events, etc. All of these impacts already cause and will continue to cause negative consequences on the living conditions of humanity. One of the spheres which results to be more interrelated and connected with climate change is the economic sector: on the one hand, some of our economic activities contribute to aggravate climate change, but on the other hand, climate change affects negatively our economic activities. For instance, food production keeps an intense cause/effect relationship with climate change. Agriculture and animal breeding, especially in their industrial forms, are two of the activities that contribute the most to the greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, these activities can be highly affected by the effects of climate change, which in many cases can be translated into the reduction of agricultural productivity, deterioration of livelihoods and drop in food security and nutrition levels. Last but not least, the far-reaching effects of climate changes on the agroecosystems are visible in the evolution of migration flows since migrations can be often an adaptation strategy to climate change that can generate both increase in livelihoods or increase in pressure on scarce natural resources, and thus, exacerbate tensions between migrants and host communities on resource rights and land tenure.

The climate change and global economy entry collection will cover the mentioned above topics and many other interesting aspects written by specialists, scientists, researchers, professionals and environmental activists.

  • Climate Change and Agriculture
  • Climate Change and Circular Economy
  • Climate Change and Ecological Economics
  • Climate Change and Migration
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change and Poverty
  • Climate Change and Economic Inequality
  • Climate Change and Rural Communities
  • Climate Change and Natural Resources
  • Climate Change and Economic Growth
  • Climate Change and Gender

Dr. Daniel Durán Sandoval
Prof. Dr. Gemma Durán Romero
Dr. Francesca Uleri
Dr. Ana M. López
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Daniel Durán Sandoval

Institution: Faculty of Engineering and Business, Universidad de las Américas, Av. República 71, Santiago, Chile

Interests: development economics; sustainable development; circular economy; ecological economics; political ecology; climate change; environmental studies; food security; history of economic thought; philosophy of economics

Gemma Durán-Romero

Institution: Estructura Económica, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Interests: international economics; sustainable development; environmental economics; circular economy and innovation; climate change

Francesca Uleri

Institution: Faculty of Education, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bressanone, Italy

Interests: sustainable agriculture; food security; rural sociology; climate change; migration studies; political ecology

Ana López

Institution: Instituto L.R. Klein, UUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain

Interests: economic activity; economic indicators; regional modelling; digital economy; digitisation; circular economy and innovation; climate change; globalisation; development economics

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