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This is the most comprehensive and current reference resource on climate change available today. It features forty-nine individual chapters by some of the world’s leading climate scientists. Its five sections address climate change in five dimensions: ecological impacts, policy analysis, international considerations, United States considerations, and mitigation options to ...
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Overview

This is the most comprehensive and current reference resource on climate change available today. It features forty-nine individual chapters by some of the world’s leading climate scientists. Its five sections address climate change in five dimensions: ecological impacts, policy analysis, international considerations, United States considerations, and mitigation options to reduce carbon emissions.



In many ways, this volume supersedes the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Many important developments too recent to be treated in the 2007 IPCC documents are covered here. Overall, Climate Change Science and Policy paints a direr picture of the effects of climate change than do the IPCC reports. It reveals that climate change has progressed faster than the IPCC reports anticipated and that the outlook for the future is bleaker than the IPCC reported.
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Climate Change Science and Policy is the first book to successfully combine a discussion of the current state of climate science with ideas for climate mitigation in a comprehensive, yet surprisingly readable, collection of papers by authors working in both the physical and social sciences....This book presents the information needed to understand the myriad issues that define this effort...Highly recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610911276
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,238,297
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen H. Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, professor of biology, and a senior fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, at Stanford University. Armin Rosencranz is the founder and former president of Pacific Environment. Michael D. Mastrandrea is a consulting assistant professor at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti is managing editor at Climatic Change .
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Table of Contents

List of Figures xiii

List of Tables xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction John P. Holdren 1

Impacts of Climate Change

Chapter 1 Climate Change Science Overview Michael D. Mastrandrea Stephen H. Schneider 11

Chapter 2 Detection and Attribution Ben D. Santer Tom M. L. Wigley 28

Chapter 3 Wild Species and Extinction Terry L. Root Elizabeth S. Goldsmith 44

Chapter 4 Ecosystems Rik Leemans 56

Chapter 5 Marine Ecosystems Carol Turley 66

Chapter 6 Water Peter H. Gleick 74

Chapter 7 Hurricanes Judith A. Curry Peter J. Webster 82

Chapter 8 Wildfires Anthony L. Westerling 92

Chapter 9 Tropical Forests of Amazonia Philip M. Fearnside 104

Chapter 10 Global Crop Production and Food Security David B. Lobell 113

Chapter 11 Human Health Kristie L. Ebi 124

Chapter 12 Unique and Valued Places W. Neil Adger Jon Barnett Heidi Ellemor 131

Policy Analysis

Chapter 13 Assessing Economic Impacts St?phane Hallegatte Philippe Ambrosi 141

Chapter 14 Integrated Assessment Modeling Hans-Martin F?ssel Michael D. Mastrandrea 150

Chapter 15 Risk, Uncertainty, and Assessing Dangerous Climate Change Stephen H. Schneider Michael D. Mastrandrea 162

Chapter 16 Risk Perceptions and Behavior Anthony Leiserowitz 175

Chapter 17 What Is the Economic Cost of Climate Change? Michael Hanemann 185

Chapter 18 Cost-Efficiency and Political Feasibility Christian Azar 194

Chapter 19 Carbon Taxes, Trading, and Offsets Danny Cullenward 204

Chapter 20 The Cost of Reducing CO2 Emissions Christian Azar 211

International Considerations

Chapter 21 International Treaties M. J. Mace 221

Chapter 22 EU Climate Policy Tom R. Burns Mikael Roman 235

Chapter 23 Population Frederick A. B. Meyerson 241

Chapter 24 Inequities and Imbalances Ambuj Sagar Paul Baer 251

Chapter 25 Ethics, Rights, and Responsibilities Paul Baer Ambuj Sagar 262

Chapter 26 Developing Country Perspectives Jayant Sathaye 270

Chapter 27 CDM and Mitigation in Developing Countries David Wolfowitz 277

Chapter 28 Measuring the Clean Development Mechanism's Performance and Potential Michael Wara 287

Chapter 29 Understanding the Climate Challenge in China Joanna I. Lewis Jeffrey Logan Michael B. Cummings 296

Chapter 30 Climate Change and the New China Paul G. Harris 317

Chapter 31 India Ashok Gadgil Sharachchandra L?l? 323

Chapter 32 Australia Chris Hotham 332

United States

Chapter 33 National Policy Armin Rosencranz Russell Conklin 343

Chapter 34 Policy in California Jason Mark Amy Lynd Luers 356

Chapter 35 California's Battle for Clean Cars Fran Pavley 364

Chapter 36 U.S. State Climate Action Joshua Bushinsky 371

Chapter 37 Policies to Stimulate Corporate Action Eileen Claussen Vicki Arroyo Truman Semans 377

Chapter 38 Corporate Initiatives Paul Dickinson James P. Hawley Andrew T. Williams 389

Chapter 39 Carbonundrums: The Role of the Media Maxwell T. Boykoff 397

Chapter 40 Newspaper and Television Coverage Aaron M. McCright Rachael L. Shwom 405

Chapter 41 Media and Public Education Dale Willman 414

Mitigation Options to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Chapter 42 The Road Forward Robert T. Watson Andr? R. Aquino 423

Chapter 43 Energy Efficiency Audrey B. Chang Arthur H. Rosenfeld Patrick K. McAuliffe 433

Chapter 44 Renewable Energy Daniel M. Kammen 446

Chapter 45 Designing Energy Supply Chains Based on Hydrogen Whitney G. Colella 456

Chapter 46 Nuclear Energy Burton Richter 467

Chapter 47 Coal Capture and Storage David Hawkins 476

Chapter 48 Tropical Forests Philip M. Fearnside 484

Chapter 49 Engineering the Planet David W. Keith 494

Contributors 503

Index 507

About the Authors 521

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