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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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
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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

"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

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Meet the Author

Joseph F. C. DiMento is Professor in the School of Law and former Director of the
Newkirk Center for Science and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He is coeditor of Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our
Grandchildren
(MIT Press).

Pamela Doughman is an Energy Specialist with the California Energy
Commission.

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Table of Contents


Series Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Making Climate Change Understandable   Joseph F. C. DiMento   Pamela Doughman     1
A Primer on Global Climate Change and Its Likely Impacts   John Abatzoglou   Joseph F. C. DiMento   Pamela Doughman   Stefano Nespor     11
Climate-Change Effects: Global and Local Views   John Abatzoglou   Joseph F. C. DiMento   Pamela Doughman   Stefano Nespor     45
The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change: How Do We Know We're Not Wrong?   Naomi Oreskes     65
Climate Change: How the World Is Responding   Joseph F. C. DiMento   Pamela Doughman     101
Climate Change as News: Challenges in Communicating Environmental Science   Andrew C. Revkin     139
Climate Change and Human Security   Richard A. Matthew     161
Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren   Joseph F. C. DiMento   Pamela Doughman     181
Glossary     197
List of Contributors     207
Index     209
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