US socio-economic futures

O'Neill, B.C. (2005). US socio-economic futures. In: Options for Future Climate Policy: Transatlantic Perspectives. Eds. Mueller, F. & Riechel, A., Berlin: SWP - German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

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US socio-economic trends will be important determinants of future energy demand, land use, and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as determinants of the impacts of climate change. These trends include demographic changes, trends in economic growth and its distribution across different sectors of the economy, and shifts in consumption patterns associated with changing lifestyles. Here I focus on demographic and lifestyle factors, highlight plausible alternative outcomes, and comment on their potential significance for future emissions. The timescale of focus is the next 20-100 years. In general, there is little that can meaningfully be said about these trends more than a century into the future, and the literature that attempts to do so is extremely sparse. It is taken as understood that none of these trends by themselves, nor even socio-economic factors considered together, would completely determine future emissions or vulnerability to impacts. Changes in technology, as well as political and institutional factors, in combination with socio-economic factors will co-determine emissions and vulnerability outcomes.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Population and Climate Change (PCC)
Bibliographic Reference: In: F. Mueller, A. Riechel (Eds); Options for Future Climate Policy: Transatlantic Perspectives; SWP - German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany pp.46-55 (October 2005)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:17
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:37

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