Changing by Degrees

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It is now accepted that the world's climate has warmed by about 0.5øC over the past one hundred years and will continue to warm by as much as 6øC by the end of the current century. What, however, do such fundamental changes actually mean for life and the economy at the local and regional scales for the industrialized nations? This extensive study represents a state-of-the-art regional assessment of the impacts of climate change in an industrialized European nation. Providing a comprehensive set of tools, techniques and strategies, it explores the potential impacts of climate change upon key landscapes, economic and social sectors. Contents: What is the purpose of the study?; What is the climate change?, Jim Kersey; Characterisation of the East Midlands, Jim Kersey; Regional climate change scenarios for the east Midlands, Rob Wilby; Potential impacts of climate change in the East Midlands, Simon Shackley and Dorian Speakman; East Midlands' stakeholder perceptions of climate change, Simon Shackley, Sarah Mander and Dorian Speakman; Greenhouse gas inventory, Paul Fleeming, Peter Webber, Helen Chadwick and Patrick Devine-Wright; Responding to climate change and conclusions, Simon Shackley and Jim Kersey; Appendices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754611400
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Ashgate Studies in Environmental Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Executive Summary
1 What is the Purpose of the Study 1
2 What is Climate Change 3
Climate Change - An Introduction 3
Progress with Climate Change at the International Level 4
Progress with Climate Change at the National Level 5
3 Characterisation of the East Midlands 9
Overview 9
Economy 12
Social Conditions 18
Natural Environment 20
4 Regional Climate Change Scenarios for the East Midlands 37
Observed Trends in Environmental Parameters 42
Future Climate Scenarios for the East Midlands 53
5 Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the East Midlands 81
Classification of Impact Domains 82
Sectors/Systems 82
6 East Midland's Stakeholder Perceptions of Climate Change 151
Results of the Postal Questionnaire and Analysis 151
Results from a Set of Five Workshops 175
7 Greenhouse Gas Inventory 185
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data 187
Emissions Estimation Methods 188
Data Used in Determining Emissions 189
Uncertainty 190
Monitoring Future Emissions 190
Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Source 191
East Midlands Initiatives to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 212
Future Activities and Opportunities 215
Conclusions and Recommendations 215
8 Responding to Climate Change and Conclusions 220
Organisational and Company Responses to Climate Change Impacts 220
The Concept of Climate Change Headroom 228
What are the Key Strategic Processes in the East Midlands that Should be Considering the Potential Impacts of Climate Change? 231
What Indicators Should be Used for Climate Change? 232
Climate Change Targets 234
Future Research Requirements 235
App. 1 Questionnaire: The Impacts of Climate Change in the East Midlands 240
App. 2 Notes on Buxton Stakeholder Workshop 247
App. 3 Notes on Nottingham Stakeholder Workshop 257
App. 4 Notes on Skegness Stakeholder Workshop 265
App. 5 Notes on Northampton Stakeholder Workshop 275
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