Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren

Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren

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by Joseph F.C. DiMento
     
 

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Most of us are familiar with the term climate change
but few of us understand the science behind it. We don't fully comprehend how climate change will affect us, and for that reason we might not consider it as pressing a concern as, say, housing prices or unemployment. This book explains the scientific knowledge about global climate change clearly and

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Most of us are familiar with the term climate change
but few of us understand the science behind it. We don't fully comprehend how climate change will affect us, and for that reason we might not consider it as pressing a concern as, say, housing prices or unemployment. This book explains the scientific knowledge about global climate change clearly and concisely in engaging,
nontechnical language, describes how it will affect all of us, and suggests how government, business, and citizens can take action against it. This completely revised and updated edition incorporates the latest scientific research and policy initiatives on climate change. It describes recent major legislative actions,
analyzes alternative regulatory tools including new uses of taxes and markets,
offers increased coverage of China and other developing nations, discusses the role of social media in communicating about climate change, and provides updated assessments of the effects of climate change. The book first explains the basic scientific facts about climate change and its global impact. It discusses the nature of scientific consensus and the strong consensus of mainstream science on climate change. It then explores policy responses and corporate actions in the United States and the rest of the world, discusses how the communication of climate change information by journalists and others can be improved, and addresses issues of environmental justice -- how climate change affects the most vulnerable populations and regions. We can better tackle climate change, this book shows us, if we understand it.

The MIT Press

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Editorial Reviews

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"A lucid argument for the importance of small, individual steps in the effort to combat global warming, as well as global policy changes." Deborah Donovan Booklist
Elizabeth Desombre
"A lucid argument for the importance of small, individual steps in the effort to combat global warming, as well as global policy changes." Deborah Donovan Booklist

"This book gives a great overview of the science and politics of climate change,from the causes and effects of climate change, to what we know and do not know about the science and how that knowledge has become politicized, to the many political efforts at all levels of governance to address the issue. Climate Change is written by acknowledged experts and yet reads with one voice; written in a way that will be accessible to novices and also appreciated by scholars. It gives both accurate information and hope. If you're only going to read one book on climate change,this one would certainly be a good candidate."—Elizabeth R. DeSombre, Frost AssociateProfessor of Environmental Studiesand Associate Professor of Political Science, WellesleyCollege

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262525879
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/31/2014
Series:
American and Comparative Environmental Policy
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,357,976
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Elizabeth Desombre
"This book gives a great overview of the science and politics of climate change, from the causes and effects of climate change, to what we know and do not know about the science and how that knowledge has become politicized, to the many political efforts at all levels of governance to address the issue. Climate Change is written by acknowledged experts and yet reads with one voice; written in a way that will be accessible to novices and also appreciated by scholars. It gives both accurate information and hope. If you're only going to read one book on climate change, this one would certainly be a good candidate."—Elizabeth R. DeSombre,Frost Associate Professor of Environmental Studiesand Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College

Henrik Selin

The thoroughly updated second edition of this edited volume offers readers a valuable and lucid introduction to human-induced climate change and the plethora of policy responses that have emerged over the past decades. The distinguished chapter authors bring their wide-ranging experiences and considerable expertise to the analysis of critical and multifaceted issues surrounding the science and politics of climate change.

From the Publisher
"This ambitious book presents an accessible and engaging analysis of the multi-faceted issue of climate change. I recommend the book for anyone seeking to understand the process by which scientific consensus has been reached on the reality of human-caused climate change. I also recommend the book for those wishing to understand the societal and environmental threat posed by climate change, the challenges journalists face in conveying that threat, the political obstacles in dealing with it, and the ethical considerations that surround it."Michael Mann , Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center, and co-founder of the website "RealClimate.org"

"This book gives a great overview of the science and politics of climate change, from the causes and effects of climate change, to what we know and do not know about the science and how that knowledge has become politicized, to the many political efforts at all levels of governance to address the issue. Climate Change is written by acknowledged experts and yet reads with one voice; written in a way that will be accessible to novices and also appreciated by scholars. It gives both accurate information and hope. If you"re only going to read one book on climate change, this one would certainly be a good candidate."Elizabeth R. DeSombre , Frost Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College

Elizabeth Desombre

"This book gives a great overview of the science and politics of climate change, from the causes and effects of climate change, to what we know and do not know about the science and how that knowledge has become politicized, to the many political efforts at all levels of governance to address the issue. Climate Change is written by acknowledged experts and yet reads with one voice; written in a way that will be accessible to novices and also appreciated by scholars. It gives both accurate information and hope. If you're only going to read one book on climate change, this one would certainly be a good candidate."--Elizabeth R. DeSombre,
Frost Associate Professor of Environmental Studiesand Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College

Elizabeth Desombre, Dept. of Political Science

Bill McKibben

Humans have never faced an issue as overwhelming as climate change.
Sometimes its sheer size seems overwhelming. That's why it's good to have a volume that cuts it down to understandable size--helps us understand what we can (and at this point can't) do to affect the future.

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