State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World

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A comprehensive guide to global warming and the steps we must take to combat it.
The evidence continues to mount: melting ice caps, rising temperatures, increasingly frequent natural disasters. As the devastating effects of global warming come into sharper focus, societies must work to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to ongoing and inevitable climate change. The actions taken in the coming century will be critically important in determining whether or not we can...

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Overview

A comprehensive guide to global warming and the steps we must take to combat it.
The evidence continues to mount: melting ice caps, rising temperatures, increasingly frequent natural disasters. As the devastating effects of global warming come into sharper focus, societies must work to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to ongoing and inevitable climate change. The actions taken in the coming century will be critically important in determining whether or not we can salvage our environment. We cannot shrink from the overwhelming magnitude of climate change or the radical solutions it demands. The Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2009 investigates a wide range of potential paths to change, including new technology, policy changes, consumption, and finance, with the ultimate goal of mobilizing humanity around climate change and revealing global warming as one of the truly great challenges of our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393334180
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/12/2009
  • Series: State of the World Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,533,846
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The Worldwatch Institute is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit research and publishing organization dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword R. K. Pachauri xvi

State of the World: A Year in Review Lisa Mastny xix

About This Book 3

1 The Perfect Storm Christopher Flavin Robert Engelman 5

2 A Safe Landing for the Climate W. L. Hare 13

3 Farming and Land Use to Cool the Planet Sara J. Scherr Sajal Sthapit 30

Climate Connections (See next page for list) 51

4 An Enduring Energy Future Janet L. Sawin William R. Moomaw 130

5 Building Resilience David Dodman Jessica Ayers Saleemul Huq 151

6 Sealing the Deal to Save the Climate Robert Engelman 169

Climate Change Reference Guide and Glossary Alice McKeown Gary Gardner 189

Notes 205

Index 249

Climate Connections

The Risks of Other Greenhouse Gases Janos Mate Kert Davies David Kanter 52

Reducing Black Carbon Dennis Clare 56

Women and Climate Change: Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacities Lorena Aguilar 59

The Security Dimensions of Climate Change Jennifer Wallace 63

Climate Change's Pressures on Biodiversity Thomas Lovejoy 67

Small Island Developing States at the Forefront of Global Climate Change Edward Cameron 71

The Role of Cities in Climate Change David Satterthwaite David Dodman 75

Climate Change and Health Vulnerabilities Juan Almendares Paul R. Epstein 78

India Starts to Take on Climate Change Malini Mehra 80

A Chinese Perspective on Climate and Energy Yingling Liu 84

Trade, Climate Change, and Sustainability Tao Wang Jim Watson 88

Adaptation in Locally Managed Marine Areas in Fiji Alifereti Tawake Juan Hoffmaister 90

Building Resilience to Drought and Climate Change in Sudan Balgis Osman-Elasha 92

Geoengineering to Shade Earth Ken Caldeira 96

Carbon Capture and Storage Peter ViebahnManfred Fischedick Daniel Vallentin 99

Using the Market to Address Climate Change Robert K. Kaufmann 103

Technology Transfer for Climate Change K. Madhava Sarma Durwood Zaelke 107

Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy Potential Jeffrey Harti 111

Employment in a Low-Carbon World Michael Renner Sean Sweeney Jill Kubit 115

Climate Justice Movements Gather Strength Ambika Chawla 119

Shifting Values in Response to Climate Change Tim Kasser 122

Not Too Late to Act Betsy Taylor 126

Boxes

2 A Safe Landing for the Climate

2-1 Preventing Dangerous Climate Change 15

2-2 Greenhouse Gas Concentrations and Global Warming 23

3 Farming and Land Use to Cool the Planet

3-1 Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Land Use 32

3-2 Paying Farmers for Climate Benefits 47

4 An Enduring Energy Future

4-1 Building a Smarter Grid 134

4-2 Replacing Old Power Plants 146

5 Building Resilience

5-1 Protecting Watersheds to Build Urban Resilience 162

6 Sealing the Deal to Save the Climate

6-1 Equity and the Response to a Changing Climate 170

6-2 Government Proposals for Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation, and Technology Transfer 182

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