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Overview

The Global Viewpoints series provides students and other readers with the information they need to explore global connections and think critically about the worldwide implications of global issues. Each volume focuses on a controversial topic of worldwide importance and offers a panoramic view of opinions selected from a diverse range of international sources, including journals, magazines, newspapers, nonfiction books, speeches, government documents, organization newsletters, and position papers. Each volume contains an annotated table of contents; a world map, to help readers locate countries or areas covered in the essays; "for further discussion" questions; a worldwide list of organizations to contact; bibliographies of books and periodicals; and a subject index. By illuminating the complexities and interrelations of the global community, this excellent resource helps students and other researchers enhance their global awareness.

Discusses controversies surrounding global warming such as whether the threat actually exists, how our climate is changing, what can be done to reduce the greenhouse effect, and how our lives will change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737741575
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 3/13/2009
  • Series: Global Viewpoints Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 14

World Map 18

Chapter 1 Debating Global Climate Change

1 International Science Societies Concur That Climate Change Is Happening Royal Society.org 20

2 Nobel Committee Recognizes Climate Change Scientists and Advocates R. K. Pachauri 26

3 World's Scientists Acknowledge Uncertainties and Disagreements, but Most Agree Climate Change Is a Real Threat Fred Pearce 41

4 Climate Change Skeptics Do Not Receive Equal Funding Jeff Mason 51

5 European Union Nations Assert That Policies of the United States Fail to Address Climate Change Markus Becker Holger Dambeck 55

6 United Kingdom Research Group Asserts That Climate Change May Benefit Humans Antony Barnett Mark Townsend 62

7 United States Congress Alleges Federal Interference with Climate Change Science United States House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Responding to allegations in the international media, the U.S. House Oversight Committee investigated federal executive and agency policies on climate change science, asserting that federal staff censored and deliberately disregarded scientific work on climate change issues 67

Periodical Bibliography 73

Chapter 2 The Impact of Global Climate Change

1 The International Economic Impacts of Climate Change: An Overview Nicholas Stern 75

2 Malawi's Food Security Is Threatened by Climate Change Singy Hanyona 83

3 The Middle East Faces Water Shortages and Food Scarcity Due to Climate Change United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Climate change threatens food security throughout the region, but Yemen-already struggling with water shortages-will likely be the nation most severelyaffected. Observers worry that scarcity of food, water, and farming land could trigger political and social unrest in the region 90

4 Bangladeshis Fear Climate Change Will Bring Stronger Storms, Flooding, and Famine Fred de Sam Lazaro 96

5 Small Island States Face Substantial Challenges from Rising Sea Levels Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Working Group II 103

6 South America's Amazon Basin Faces Loss of Animal Species and Habitats Michael Case 109

7 Canada's Inuit Peoples Are Affected by Arctic Melting Emily Gertz 135

8 Italy's Canal City of Venice Must Cope with Rising Sea Levels Eric Jaffe 144

Periodical Bibliography 150

Chapter 3 Developing Nations and Climate Change

1 Climate Change Disproportionately Affects the Inhabitants of Developing Nations Rachel Oliver 152

2 Poor Nations Must Also Work to Cut Carbon Emissions Haider Rizvi 159

3 International Emissions Restrictions May Harm Developing Regions Hans Martin Seip Sigbjorn Gronas 165

4 China's Rapid Development Raises Global Levels of Greenhouse Gas Emissions The Economist Rapid development in China is causing the nation's greenhouse gas emissions to soar above scientific estimates as the nation constructs new coal-burning power plants to meet its increased energy needs 170

Periodical Bibliography 181

Chapter 4 Combating Global Climate Change

1 Worldwide Tree Planting Project Aims to Offset Some Emissions United Nations Environment Programme The United Nations Environment Programme launches a successful campaign to plant a billion trees in an effort to fight climate change. The project is intended to alleviate desertification and deforestation as well as offset carbon emissions 183

2 Information Technology Companies Can Take Action Against Climate Change Michael Dell 193

3 Australia's Government Bans Traditional Light Bulbs Wendy Frew Linton Besser 199

4 Philippine Activists Protest Construction of a Coal-Fired Power Plant Greenpeace 204

Periodical Bibliography 208

For Further Discussion 209

Glossary 211

Organizations to Contact 216

Bibliography of Books 219

Index 223

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