Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming: Mitigation, Adaptation, and the Science Base

Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming: Mitigation, Adaptation, and the Science Base

by National Academies Press, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309043867

ISBN-13: 9780309043861

Pub. Date: 01/15/1992

Publisher: National Academies Press

Global warming continues to gain importance on the international agenda and calls for action are heightening. Yet, there is still controversy over what must be done and what is needed to proceed.

Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming describes the information necessary to make decisions about global warming resulting from atmospheric releases of

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Overview

Global warming continues to gain importance on the international agenda and calls for action are heightening. Yet, there is still controversy over what must be done and what is needed to proceed.

Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming describes the information necessary to make decisions about global warming resulting from atmospheric releases of radiatively active trace gases. The conclusions and recommendations include some unexpected results. The distinguished authoring committee provides specific advice for U.S. policy and addresses the need for an international response to potential greenhouse warming.

It offers a realistic view of gaps in the scientific understanding of greenhouse warming and how much effort and expense might be required to produce definitive answers.

The book presents methods for assessing options to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, offset emissions, and assist humans and unmanaged systems of plants and animals to adjust to the consequences of global warming.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309043861
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/15/1992
Pages:
944
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.40(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Synthesis1
1Introduction3
2Background5
3The Greenhouse Gases and Their Effects12
4Policy Framework29
5Adaptation36
6Mitigation48
7International Considerations65
8Findings and Conclusions68
9Recommendations73
Individual Statement by a Member of the Synthesis Panel84
Pt. 2The Science Base87
10Introduction89
11Emission Rates and Concentrations of Greenhouse Gases91
12Radiative Forcing and Feedback100
13Model Performance111
14The Climate Record117
15Hydrology135
16Sea Level140
17A Greenhouse Forcing and Temperature Rise Estimation Procedure145
18Conclusions153
Pt. 3Mitigation155
19Introduction157
20A Framework for Evaluating Mitigation Options171
21Residential and Commercial Energy Management201
22Industrial Energy Management248
23Transportation Energy Management286
24Energy Supply Systems330
25Nonenergy Emission Reduction376
26Population414
27Deforestation424
28Geoengineering433
29Findings and Recommendations465
Pt. 4Adaptation499
30Findings501
31Recommendations508
32Issues, Assumptions, and Values515
33Methods and Tools525
34Sensitivities, Impacts, and Adaptations541
35Indicies653
36Final Words657
Individual Statement by a Member of the Adaptation Panel659
Appendixes661
Index869

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