The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate / Edition 2

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Overview

The second edition of Dessler and Parson's acclaimed book provides an integrated treatment of the science, technology, economics, policy, and politics of climate change. Aimed at the educated non-specialist, and at courses in environmental policy or climate change, the book clearly lays out the scientific foundations of climate change, the issues in current policy debates, and the interactions between science and politics that make the climate change debate so contentious and confusing. This new edition is brought completely up to date to reflect the rapid movement of events related to climate change. In addition, all sections have been improved, in particular a more thorough primer on the basic science of climate change is included. The book also now integrates the discussion of contrarian claims with the discussion of current scientific knowledge; extends the discussion of cost and benefit estimates; and provides an improved glossary.

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Editorial Reviews

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'... coverage and presentation of climate science and policy [is] commendable ... a good candidate for a primer for multidisciplinary classes devoted to climate policy ...' Randall M Wigle, Wilfrid Laurier University

"This book would make a very good supplemental resource for an environmental science course, and it would be a good entry point for students who want deeper knowledge of climate change issues." W.E Williams, St. Mary's College of Maryland

"...the book treats this contentious field clearly, dispassionately, and logically. ...Highly recommended." CHOICE

"[This] refined second edition offers one of the best summary backgrounds of this complex topic now available. They carefully describe what we know about the science of climate change, and why we can make some overall global forecasts with confidence." Oceanography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521737401
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 478,152
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Dessler is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard in 1994. He did postdoctoral work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (1994-1996) and then spent nine years on the research faculty of the University of Maryland (1996-2005). In 2000, he worked as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he collaborated with Ted Parson. Dessler's academic publications include one other book: The Chemistry and Physics of Stratospheric Ozone (Academic Press, 2000). He has also published extensively in the scientific literature on stratospheric ozone depletion and the physics of climate.

Edward Parson is Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law and Professor of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. His research examines international environmental policy, the role of science and technology in public policy, and the political economy of regulation. Parson's book, Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2003), won the 2004 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award of the International Studies Association. His academic articles have been published in Science, Climatic Change, Issues in Science and Technology, the Journal of Economic Literature, and the Annual Review of Energy and the Environment. Parson has led and served on several senior advisory committees for the U.S. National Research Council and U.S. Global Change Research Program, and has worked and consulted for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the United Nations Environment Program, the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he collaborated with Andrew Dessler. In 2005, he was appointed to the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Parson spent twelve years on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He holds degrees in Physics from the University of Toronto and in Management Science from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard.

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Table of Contents

1 Global climate change: a new type of environmental problem 1

2 Science, politics, and science in politics 31

3 Human-induced climate change: present scientific knowledge and uncertainties 61

4 Climate change policy: impacts, assessments, and responses 112

5 The state of climate policy and a path forward 160

Glossary 197

Bibliography 205

Index 208

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