Global Environmental Change: Interactions of Science, Policy, and Politics in the United States

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Global Environmental Change reviews the facts and the uncertainties relating to some of the major environmental issues facing us today--greenhouse warming, loss of stratospheric ozone, and acid precipitation--and shows how these facts and uncertainties are dealt with by both governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Anticipated environmental changes in future decades are described and explained, and the consequences of those projected changes are described for rise of sea level, water resources, agriculture, ...

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Global Environmental Change reviews the facts and the uncertainties relating to some of the major environmental issues facing us today--greenhouse warming, loss of stratospheric ozone, and acid precipitation--and shows how these facts and uncertainties are dealt with by both governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Anticipated environmental changes in future decades are described and explained, and the consequences of those projected changes are described for rise of sea level, water resources, agriculture, ecological systems, and other topics. Three chapters of the study are devoted to the roles of academic institutions, government agencies, and nongovernmental agencies in developing and implementing policies. Another chapter discusses the relationship of U.S. research and environmental policy to international research and environmental policy, emphasizing how new concepts relating to global change have emerged from earlier research and out of the growing recognition of the seriousness of environmental problems. Finally, the work addresses the need for more effective interactions of science and policy.

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Fleagle (emeritus, atmospheric sciences, U. of Washington) reviews the facts and the uncertainties relating to some major environmental issues--greenhouse warming, loss of stratospheric ozone, and acid precipitation--and shows how governmental and nongovernmental agencies are dealing with them. He calls strongly for more effective interactions of science and policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275944773
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1994
  • Pages: 262
  • Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT G. FLEAGLE is Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington and a Senior Fellow in the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Changed View of Science 1
The Golden Age 2
The Rise of Public Concern 4
Focus on Global Change 7
2 The Evidence for Global Change 13
Effects of Radiatively Active Gases on Climate 14
Effects of Halocarbon Gases on Stratospheric Ozone 28
Effects of Chemically Active Gases and Particles 32
Other Changes of Global Scale 35
3 Projections of the Future 41
Greenhouse Warming 43
Stratospheric Ozone 55
Acid Precipitation 57
4 Policy Implications for the United States 63
Sea Level Rise 64
Changes in River Flow and Water Storage 65
Effects on Ecosystems, Agriculture, Forests, and Fish Populations 68
Impacts on Energy Production and Use 73
Industry: Impacts and Opportunities 76
Economic Costs of Global Change 77
Concluding Remarks 79
5 The Policy Landscape: The Academic and Professional Sector 85
The Universities 86
The National Academy of Sciences 89
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research-National Center for Atmospheric Research 99
Scientific and Professional Societies 102
Industry 103
The Press 104
6 The Policy Landscape: The Government Sector 111
Mission Agencies of Government 111
Policy Agencies 134
7 The Policy Landscape: The Grass Roots 149
Organizations of Professionals 150
Public Interest "Think Tanks" 153
Environmental Organizations 156
Local Organizations 159
Concluding Remarks 162
8 The International Perspective 167
The Research Road to Global Change 167
The Policy Road to Global Change 182
Concluding Remarks 193
9 The Search for Effective Science-Policy Interactions 199
Structural Elements of the Mechanism 201
A Summary Look at the Record 215
Preparing for Future Global Change 217
Acronyms and Abbreviations 225
Selected Bibliography 229
Index 233
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