Our Simmering Planet: What to Do about Global Warming?

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Heat waves in Delhi and Athens; hurricane Mitch in Central America; floods and tornadoes in the USA; floods in Britain and China—all are unprecedented in severity and in frequency. What is happening to the world's weather? What are the world's governments doing about it? This book takes us through the science, and behind the politics, to explore climate instability, global warming, and the likely impact of increases in average temperatures, rising oceans, and shifts in rainfall ...
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Overview

Heat waves in Delhi and Athens; hurricane Mitch in Central America; floods and tornadoes in the USA; floods in Britain and China—all are unprecedented in severity and in frequency. What is happening to the world's weather? What are the world's governments doing about it? This book takes us through the science, and behind the politics, to explore climate instability, global warming, and the likely impact of increases in average temperatures, rising oceans, and shifts in rainfall patterns in all regions of the world.
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Gupta's background is in law and economics; she has worked for non-governmental organizations in India, the US, and the Netherlands and has focused on climate change since 1991. Her current affiliation is with the Institute for Environmental Studies, Amsterdam. Departing from her usual work for specialists and academics, she gears this book for a more general audience, summarizing evidence that supports the contention that climate changes are being caused by global warming and chronicling the on-going negotiations between developed countries and developing countries to agree on a course of action. The book is distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842770788
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyeeta Gupta has been a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), the Vrije Universiteit, since 1993. She is also a Trustee of the North Sea Foundation and the Foundation for International Security.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Weathering the Weather
2 Climate Instability and global warming: the evidence
3 Coping with Uncertainty: Is there need for action?
4 A history of the Negotiations: From initial optimism to pragmatism
5 The agreements as they stand today
6 The players and concerns: Caught between domestic support and international commitments
7 The key negotiating issues: Controversy and conflict
8 Due process and rule of law: Towards decreasing transparency
9 The problem revisited: What is climate change?
10 The solution revisited: Saving Face is Saving Faith
11 Conclusion
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