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The climate casino : risk, uncertainty, and economics for a warming world

Author: William D Nordhaus
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Climate change is profoundly altering our world in ways that pose major risks to human societies and natural systems. We have entered the climate casino and are rolling the global-warming dice, warns the author. But there is still time to turn around and walk back out of the casino, and in this book he explains how. Bringing together all the important issues surrounding the climate debate, he describes the science,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William D Nordhaus
ISBN: 9780300189773 030018977X
OCLC Number: 835116763
Description: xiii, 378 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The Genesis of Climate Change. First encounters in the climate casino --
A tale of two lakes --
The economic origins of climate change --
Future climate change --
Tipping points in the climate casino. --
Impacts of Climate Change on Human and Other Living Systems. From climate change to impacts --
The fate of farming --
The impact on human health --
Perils for the oceans --
Intensification of hurricanes --
Wildlife and species loss --
Adding up the damages from climate change. --
Slowing Climate Change: Strategies and Costs. Dealing with climate change: adaptation and geoengineering --
Slowing climate change by reducing emissions: mitigation --
The costs of slowing climate change --
Discounting and the value of time. --
Policies and Institutions for Slowing Climate Change. Historical perspectives on climate policy --
Climate policy by balancing costs and benefits --
The central role of carbon prices --
Climate-change policies at the national level --
From national to harmonized international policies --
Second best and beyond --
New technologies for a low-carbon economy. --
Climate Politics. Climate science and its critics --
Public opinion on climate change --
Obstacles to climate-change policies.
Responsibility: William Nordhaus.

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The world's leading economic thinker on climate change analyzes the economics and politics of the central environmental issue of today and points the way to real solutions  Read more...

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