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Climate Change Policy: Facts, Issues and Analyses

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Overview

There is increasing scientific evidence to suggest that humans are gradually but certainly changing the Earth's climate. In an effort to prevent further damage to the fragile atmosphere, and with the belief that action is required now, the scientific community has been prolific in its dissemination of information on climate change. Inspired by the results of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Second Assessment Report, Jepma and Munasinghe set out to create a concise, practical and compelling approach to climate change issues. They deftly explain the implications of global warming, and the risks involved in attempting to mitigate climate change. They look at how and where to start action, and what organization is needed to be able to implement the changes. This book represents a much needed synopsis of climate change and its real impacts on society. It will be an essential text for climate change researchers, policy analysts, university students studying the environment, and anyone with an interest in climate change issues.

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"For the interested general reader, this volume will be a valuable and authoritative place to start in exploring the many complexities of the issues surrounding human impacts on the global climate system." James P. Bruce and Hoesung Lee, Co-Chairs, IPCC, Working Group IIIā€”from the foreword.

"...this well-written synthesis volume by Professors Jepma and Munasinghe...is most welcome. They are eminently qualified to write on the subject...and the book...is lucid, stimulating and up-to-date...It will be very useful and convenient for decisionmakers, policy analysts, climate change researchers, students, and the concerned public." Bert Bolin, Chairman, IPCC, Robert Watson, Chairman-elect, IPCC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521596886
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Scope and implications of climate change; 2. Methodological and conceptual issues; 3. Decisionmaking framework; 4. Decision criteria and tools; 5. Greenhouse damage and adaptation; 6. Assessment of technology options; 7. Costs of implementation; 8. Summary of conclusions.

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