This is the most comprehensive and current reference resource on climate change available today. It features forty-nine individual chapters by some of the world's leading climate scientists. Its five sections address climate change in five dimensions: ecological impacts, policy analysis, international considerations, United States considerations, and mitigation options to reduce carbon emissions. In many ways, this volume supersedes the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Many important developments too recent to be treated in the 2007 IPCC documents are covered here. Overall, Climate Change Science and Policy paints a direr picture of the effects of climate change than do the IPCC reports. It reveals that climate change has progressed faster than the IPCC reports anticipated and that the outlook for the future is bleaker than the IPCC reported.
ContentsIntroduction / John P. Holdren
Impacts of climate change. Climate change science overview / Michael D. Mastrandrea and Stephen H. Schneider ; Detection and attribution / Ben D. Santer and Tom M.L. Wigley ; Wild species and extinction / Terry L. Root and Elizabeth S. Goldsmith ; Ecosystems / Rik Leemans ; Marine ecosystems / Carol Turley ; Water / Peter H. Gleick ; Hurricanes / Judith A. Curry and Peter J. Webster ; Wildfires / Anthony L. Westerling ; Tropical forests of Amazonia / Philip M. Fearnside ; Global crop production and food security / David B. Lobell ; Human health / Kristie L. Ebi ; Unique and valued places / W. Neil Adger, Jon Barnett, and Heidi Ellemor
Policy analysis. Assessing economic impacts / Stéphane Hallegatte and Philippe Ambrosi ; Integrated assessment modeling / Hans-Martin Füssel and Michael D. Mastrandrea ; Risk, uncertainty, and assessing dangerous climate change / Stephen H. Schneider and Michael D. Mastrandrea ; Risk perceptions and behavior / Anthony Leiserowitz ; What is the economic cost of climate change? / Michael Hanemann ; Cost-efficiency and political feasibility / Christian Azar ; Carbon taxes, trading, and offsets / Danny Cullenward ; The cost of reducing CO₂ emissions / Christian Azar
International considerations. International treaties / M.J. Mace ; EU climate policy / Tom R. Burns in collaboration with Mikael Roman ; Population / Frederick A.B. Meyerson ; Inequalities and imbalances / Ambuj Sagar and Paul Baer ; Ethics, rights, and responsibilities / Paul Baer and Ambuj Sagar ; Developing country perspectives / Jayant Sathaye ; CDM and mitigation in developing countries / David Wolfowitz ; Measuring the clean development mechanism's performance and potential / Michael Wara ; Understanding the climate challenge in China / Joanna I. Lewis, Jeffrey Logan, and Michael B. Cummings ; Climate change and the new China / Paul G. Harris ; India / Ashok Gadgil and Sharachchandra Lélé ; Australia / Chris Hotham
United States. National policy / Armin Rosencranz and Russell Conklin ; Policy in California / Jason Mark and Amy Lynd Luers ; California's battle for clean cars / Fran Pavley ; U.S. state climate action / Joshua Bushinsky ; Policies to stimulate corporate action / Eileen Claussen, Vicki Arroyo, and Truman Semans ; Corporate initiatives / Paul Dickinson, James P. Hawley, and Andrew T. Williams ; Carbonundrums : the role of the media / Maxwell T. Boykoff ; Newspaper and television coverage / Aaron M. McCright and Rachael L. Shwom ; Media and public education / Dale Willman
Mitigation options to reduce carbon emissions. The road forward / Robert T. Watson and André R. Aquino ; Energy efficiency / Audrey B. Chang, Arthur H. Rosenfeld, and Patrick K. McAuliffe ; Renewable energy / Daniel M. Kammen ; Designing energy supply chains based on hydrogen / Whitney G. Colella ; Nuclear energy / Burton Richter ; Coal capture and storage / David Hawkins ; Tropical forests / Philip M. Fearnside ; Engineering the planet / David W. Keith.
-- Government policy.
Greenhouse gases -- Environmental aspects.
Environmental policy -- International cooperation.
Science and state.
|Publisher|| Washington :Island Press,2010
Schneider, Stephen Henry.
xx, 522 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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