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Sudden and disruptive climate change : exploring the real risks and how we can avoid them

Author: Michael C MacCracken; Frances Moore; John C Topping
Publisher: London ; Sterling, VA : Earthscan, 2008.
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While changes in emissions and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are projected to be slow and smooth the intensity and impacts of climate change on the environment and society could be abrupt and erratic. Surprising and nonlinear responses are likely to occur as warming exceeds certain thresholds inducing relatively rapid and disruptive changes in the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Sudden and disruptive climate change.
London ; Sterling, VA : Earthscan, 2008
(DLC) 2007034786
(OCoLC)154754148
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael C MacCracken; Frances Moore; John C Topping
ISBN: 9781849772679 1849772673 9781435616318 1435616316 1281191086 9781281191083
OCLC Number: 190867467
Description: 1 online resource (326 pages)
Contents: Part 1. The Potential for Rapid Changes to the Weather and Climate --
Introduction to Part 1 / Michael C. MacCracken --
Ten Reasons Why Climate Change May be More Severe than Projected / A. Barrie Pittock --
Potential Increased Hurricane Activity in a Greenhouse Warmed World / Judith A. Curry --
Potential Effects of Weather Extremes and Climate Change on Human Health / Devra Lee Davis and John C. Topping, Jr --
Part 2. The Potential for Rapid Melting of Ice and Amplification of Sea Level Rise --
Introduction to Part 2 / Robert W Corell --
Changes in Polar Sea Ice Coverage / Claire L. Parkinson --
Changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet and Implications for Global Sea Level Rise / Eric Rignot --
Why Predicting West Antarctic Ice Sheet Behavior is So Hard: What We Know, What We Don't Know and How We Will Find Out / Robert Bindschadler --
Part 3. The Potential for Dramatic Changes in Coastal Regions --
Introduction to Part 3 / The Honorable Tom Roper --
The Potential for Significant Impacts on Chesapeake Bay from Global Warming / Michael S. Kearney --
The Northern Gulf of Mexico Coast: Human Development Patterns, Declining Ecosystems and Escalating Vulnerability to Storms and Sea Level Rise / Virginia Burkett --
Threats and Responses Associated with Rapid Climate Change in Metropolitan New York / Malcolm Bowman, Douglas Hill, Frank Buonaiuto, Brian Colle, Roger Flood, Robert Wilson, Robert Hunter and Jindong Wang --
Increasing the Resilience of Our Coasts: Coastal Collision Course of Rising Sea Level, Storms, Coastal Erosion and Development / Bruce C. Douglas and Stephen P Leatherman --
Preparing and Protecting American Families from the Onslaught of Catastrophe / Admiral James M. Loy --
Part 4. The End of Evolution? The Potential for Rapid Changes in Ecosystems --
Introduction to Part 4 / Paul C Pritchard --
Where Will Ecosystems Go? / Anthony C Janetos --
Increasing Vulnerability of Alaska's Boreal Forest as a Result of Climate Warming and the Changing Fire Regime / Eric S. Kasischke and F. Stuart Chapin III --
Polar Bears in a Warming Arctic / Andrew E. Derocher --
Part 5. The Potential for Accelerating Action to Limit Climate Change --
Introduction to Part 5 / William A. Nitze --
International Action to Buffer Against the Rapid Onset of Climate Change / Sir Crispin Tickell --
A Moral and Profitable Path to Climate Stabilization / John C. Topping, Jr and Erin Frey --
Moving Toward Climate Stabilization: Iceland's Example / President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson --
Climate Impacts in the Developing World: A Case Study of the Small Island States / Nasir Khattak --
Stimulating a Clean Energy Revolution / Christopher Flavin --
Recycling Energy to Reduce Costs and Mitigate Climate Change / Thomas R. Casten --
Addressing Climate Change: Religious Perspectives and Initiatives / Denis Hayes and panelists --
Climate Solutions on Today's Campuses: How Today's Students Must Drive a Modern Industrial Revolution / Dan Worth --
Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: The Role of Greenhouse Gas Offsets / Alexia Kelly.
Responsibility: edited by Michael C. MacCracken, Frances Moore and John C. Topping, Jr.

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