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The challenge of climate change : which way now?

Author: Daniel D Perlmutter; Robert L Rothstein
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
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This book fills a previously unfilled niche on the popular subjects of climate change and global warming. Rather than evaluating whether or not the problem exists, Challenging Climate Change takes the stance that global warming is an ever-present reality in today's environment and systematically outlines a course of action for moving forward. The book addresses the interlocking issues of policy, negotiations, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel D Perlmutter; Robert L Rothstein
ISBN: 9780470654989 0470654988 9780470654972 047065497X
OCLC Number: 640510907
Description: xiii, 230 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. In the beginning --
The viewpoint taken --
What is your problem --
The challenges we face. 2. A view of geopolitics --
Are there limits to growth? --
Public goods and public "bads" --
Policymaking and negotiations. 3. Surveying the field --
A history of change --
Measuring energy --
Supply: where do we get it? --
Demand: how do we use it? --
Will we run out of oil? Or gas? --
Forms of energy. 4. Global warming --
Temperature of the planet --
Greenhouse gases --
Is global warming our fault? --
The RF Index --
Air pollution revisited --
Immediate or short-term remedies --
Limits to growth and the commons revisited --
Sequestration. 5. Renewable energy --
Hydroelectric power --
Biofuels --
Wind power --
Power from tides and waves --
Direct use of solar energy --
Nuclear energy --
Geothermal energy --
Indirect emissions and hidden costs. 6. Energy storage --
Batteries and fuel cells --
Syngas and liquid fuels --
Hydrogen gas --
Pumped water or compressed air --
Hot water or molten salt --
Flywheels. 7. The negotiating process --
A period of transition --
Our worst fears --
Guidance from a theory of bargaining --
Useful lessons from the past --
What should a treaty accomplish? --
Where we are heading. 8. From theory to practice --
Different regimes and perspectives --
Improving prospects --
The debate on venues --
Bargaining strategies: domestic and international --
Big Bang or Accelerated Incrementalism? --
Choices in the context of risk. 9. Where do we go from here? --
Is the feasible insufficient? --
Fiscal measures --
A complicated question --
An overall assessment --
Choices and priorities --
Caveats --
A to-do list. 10. A list of priorities --
Short-term gains: less than 10 years --
Medium-term improvements 10-20 years --
Long-term solutions : more than 20 years --
Plan A and Plan B, simultaneously. 11. Prospects after Copenhagen --
Costly failure or small success? --
Reframing the debate --
The good news and the bad news --
The China problem --
Third World dilemmas --
Polarized politics.
Responsibility: by Daniel D. Perlmutter and Robert L. Rothstein.
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* Rather than debating the existence of the problem, this book presupposes that a climate change issue exists and develops a strategic and thoughtful action plan for how it should be handled by the  Read more...

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"However, I would recommend this book to all persons involved with policy matters pertaining to anthropogenic climate change. (Geology Today, 1 May 2013)

 
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