Climate Change, Preparedness, Reponse, and Mitgation

Monday, 11 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 5A G (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

Dramatic climate variability is already threatening the lives, livelihoods, and health of millions, especially the poor and vulnerable. The failure of mainstream global governance in providing political and financial steering towards adaptation and mitigation is continuously being exposed to public judgment after the fiascos of Copenhagen 2009, Rio 2012, and Lima 2014, among others. Future changes in precipitation, sea level, glacial cover, and incidence of extreme events are expected to affect food security, nutrition, and availability of water, sanitation, shelter, health, labor productivity, productive sectors, and household incomes. Thus, the issues of risk governance and justice should be high on the global agenda. 
Because climate change is influenced by social factors, such as models of living, population growth, urbanization, and inequalities between and within countries, its challenges cannot be tackled without the full participation of societies. Understanding climate change impacts, taking the appropriate measures to address this global crisis, and turning these challenges into opportunities will be the focus of this session. 
Papers addressing coping capacity, adaptation strategies that promote learning and innovation, and reduce inequality, and changes in health, education, and social protection policies are encouraged.
Session Organizer:
Sudha ARLIKATTI, Rabdan Academy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Social Capital in Social Work Disaster Preparedness Plans: The Case of Finland
Merja RAPELI, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
Forgotten Fever. How Municipalities (do not) Adapt to Heat Waves.
Adam CHORYNSKI, Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland; Dariusz GRACZYK, Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland; Iwona PINSKWAR, Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Global Climate Change Risk and Millennium Development Goals Achievement: A Cross-National Comparative Study
Lisa ZOTTARELLI, San Antonio College, USA; Thankam SUNIL, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Individuals' Responses to Tornado Warning Polygons
Shih-Kai HUANG, Jacksonville State University, USA; Hao-Che WU, Okahoma State University, USA; Michael LINDELL, University of Washington, USA; Charles D. SAMUELSON, Texas A&M University, USA