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The atlas of climate change : mapping the world's greatest challenge

Author: Kirstin Dow; Thomas E Downing
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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"The new edition of this highly acclaimed atlas distills the vast science of climate change, providing a reliable and insightful guide to this rapidly growing field. Rigorous in its science and insightful in its message, it examines the latest developments in research and in the impacts climate change is having around the globe. It focuses on the growing efforts to adapt to changes in the world's weather, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Charts, diagrams, etc
Maps
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kirstin Dow; Thomas E Downing
ISBN: 9780520268234 0520268237
OCLC Number: 714725896
Description: 128 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Voices & visions of our future / Wangari Maathai, Philippe Cousteau --
Signs of Change. Warning signs ; Polar changes ; Shrinking glaciers ; Ocean changes ; Everyday extremes --
The Changing Climate. The greenhouse effect ; The climate system ; Interpreting past climates ; Forecasting future climates ; Climate & social crises --
Driving Climate Change. Emissions past & present ; Fossil fuels ; Methane & other gases ; Transport ; Agriculture ; The carbon balance --
Expected Consequences. Disrupted ecosystems ; Water security ; Food security ; Threats to health ; Rising sea levels ; Cities at risk ; Cultural losses --
Responding to Change. Urgent action to adapt ; Building capacity to adapt ; City responses ; Renewable energy ; Low carbon futures ; Counting carbon --
International Policy & Action. International action ; Meeting Kyoto targets ; Looking beyond Kyoto ; Trading carbon credits ; Financing the response --
Committing to Solutions. Personal action ; Public action --
Climate Change Data. Voices & visions of our future / Wangari Maathai, Philippe Cousteau --
Signs of Change. Warning signs : the array of extreme events in 2010 stand out among thousands of signs of climate change ; Polar changes : warming in the polar regions is driving large-scale melting of ice that will have both local and global consequences ; Shrinking glaciers : glaciers are losing mass and are in retreat ; Ocean changes : oceans are getting warmer and more acidic, affecting marine life ; Everyday extremes : the frequency of some extreme events is increasing --
The Changing Climate. The greenhouse effect : the intensification of the greenhouse effect is driving changes in the Earth's climate ; The climate system : the entire climate system is adjusting to an increase in the heat trapped in the Earth's atmosphere ; Interpreting past climates : concentrations of CO₂ and CH₄ are higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years ; Forecasting future climates : global temperatures are predicted to continue rising ; Climate & social crises : climate change results from complex interactions in the natural environment, coupled with social and economic changes --
Driving Climate Change. Emissions past & present : most greenhouse gases have been, and are, emitted to meet the needs of modern industrial societies ; Fossil fuels : the emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels is the major cause of climate change ; Methane & other gases : a range of greenhouse gases contribute to climate change ; Transport : international trade and travel, and dependence on motor vehicles make transport a major source of greenhouse gas emissions ; Agriculture : agriculture is a major source of emissions, and vital for economic welfare in many countries ; The carbon balance : changes in stored carbon are contributing to climate change --
Expected Consequences. Disrupted ecosystems : many species and ecosystems may not be able to adapt to new climatic conditions and stresses ; Water security : water scarcity has already become a major stress in some regions : climate change may raise the stress level ; Food Security : climate change threatens future agricultural development in some regions, and is benefiting others ; Threats to health : the recent increase in the number of victims, and the economic costs of weather-related health effects may be a sign of the future ; Rising sea levels : thermal expansion of oceans and melting ice will lead to a substantial rise in sea level, threatening many coastal communities ; Cities at risk : the combined impact of changes in the climate is falling particularly hard on rapidly growing cities ; Cultural losses : climate change is threatening sites that represent the world's cultural and historical heritage --
Responding to Change. Urgent action to adapt : as climate change becomes more marked, the need for adaptation will be ever greater, and more difficult ; Building capacity to adapt : there is a need to develop effective strategies and actions, and to support efforts being made at all levels ; City responses : cities around the world are taking action to reduce their emissions ; Renewable energy : renewable energy sources could be the key to economically and socially sustainable societies ; Low carbon futures : economic growth needs to be achieved with lower greenhouse gas emissions, especially in developing countries ; Counting carbon : accurate accounting of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions is essential --
International Policy & Action. International action : most countries have acknowledged the problem of climate change by signing the Convention on Climate Change ; Meeting Kyoto targets : not quite half of Annex I countries are close to meeting their Kyoto commitments, and the agreed targets fall short of what is needed ; Looking beyond Kyoto : negotiations are continuing in the search for a suitable international response in a post-Kyoto world ; Trading carbon credits : trading carbon credits encourages investment and shares the burden of reducing emissions ; Financing the response : finance for responding to climate change has improved dramatically but is still far from what is required --
Committing to Solutions. Personal action : people all over the world are taking measures to reduce the greenhouse gases emitted as a result of the way they live ; Public action : the policies, practices, and investments of governments, businesses, and civic organizations will have the greatest impact on our future --
Climate Change Data.
Other Titles: Mapping the world's greatest challenge
Responsibility: Kirstin Dow and Thomas E. Downing.

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"The new edition of this highly acclaimed atlas distills the vast science of climate change, providing a reliable and insightful guide to this rapidly growing field. Rigorous in its science and insightful in its message, it examines the latest developments in research and in the impacts climate change is having around the globe. It focuses on the growing efforts to adapt to changes in the world's weather, and stresses the advantages to be gained by individuals, communities, and business from reducing their greenhouse gas emissions"--Back cover.

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