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Climate Change : Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions

Author: Katherine Richardson
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Providing an up-to-date synthesis of all knowledge relevant to the climate change issue, this book ranges from the basic science documenting the need for policy action to the technologies, economic instruments and political strategies that can be employed in response to climate change. Ethical and cultural issues constraining the societal response to climate change are also discussed. This book provides a handbook  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Richardson
ISBN: 9780521198363 0521198364
OCLC Number: 665137574
Description: xxi, 501 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Part I. Climatic trends: 1. Identifying, monitoring and predicting change in the climate system; 2. The oceans and the climate system; 3. Sea-level rise and ice-sheet dynamics; 4. Carbon cycle trends and vulnerabilities --
Part II. Defining 'dangerous climate change': 5. The impact of climate change on human societies; 6. Impacts of climate change on the biotic fabric of the planet; 7. Tipping elements: jokers in the pack; 8. Linking science and action: targets, timetables and emission budgets --
Part III. Equity issues: 9. The equity challenge and climate policy: responsibilities, vulnerabilities and inequality in the response to climate change; 10. A long-term perspective on climate change: values and ethics --
Part IV. Mitigation and adaptation approaches: 11. Low-carbon energy technologies as mitigation approaches; 12. Economic approaches and instruments; 13. Geopolitics and governance; 14. Adapting to the unavoidable --
Part V. Meeting the challenge: 15. Integrating adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development; 16. Mobilising the population; 17. The human-Earth relationship: past, present and future.
Responsibility: Katherine Richardson, Will Steffen, Diana Liverman ; additional authors, Terry Barker [and ten others] ; with contributions to chapters by Myles R. Allen [and many others].
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