The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge / Edition 2

The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge / Edition 2

by Kirstin Dow, Thomas E. Downing
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520255585

ISBN-13: 9780520255586

Pub. Date: 10/01/2007

Publisher: University of California Press


Today's headlines and recent events reflect the gravity of climate change. Heat waves, droughts, and floods are bringing death to vulnerable populations, destroying livelihoods, and driving people from their homes.

Rigorous in its science and insightful in its message, this atlas examines the causes of climate change and considers its possible impact on

Overview


Today's headlines and recent events reflect the gravity of climate change. Heat waves, droughts, and floods are bringing death to vulnerable populations, destroying livelihoods, and driving people from their homes.

Rigorous in its science and insightful in its message, this atlas examines the causes of climate change and considers its possible impact on subsistence, water resources, ecosystems, biodiversity, health, coastal megacities, and cultural treasures. It reviews historical contributions to greenhouse gas levels, progress in meeting international commitments, and local efforts to meet the challenge of climate change.

With more than 50 full-color maps and graphics, this is an essential resource for policy makers, environmentalists, students, and everyone concerned with this pressing subject.

The Atlas covers a wide range of topics, including:

* Warning signs

* Future scenarios

* Vulnerable populations

* Health

* Renewable energy

* Emissions reduction

* Personal and public action

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255586
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Atlas of... (University of California PR
Edition description:
Revised and Updated
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Voices & Visions of Our Future Wangari Maathai Philippe Cousteau, 9,
About the Authors, 10,
Introduction, 11,
Definition of Key Terms, 16,
PART 1 SIGNS OF CHANGE, 21,
1 Warning Signs, 22,
2 Polar Changes, 24,
3 Shrinking Glaciers, 26,
4 Ocean Changes, 28,
5 Everyday Extremes, 30,
PART 2 The Changing Climate, 33,
6 The Greenhouse Effect, 34,
7 The Climate System, 36,
8 Interpreting Past Climates, 38,
9 Forecasting Future Climates, 40,
10 Climate & Social Crises, 42,
PART 3 DRIVING CLIMATE CHANGE, 45,
11 Emissions Past & Present, 46,
12 Fossil Fuels, 48,
13 Methane & Other Gases, 50,
14 Transport, 52,
15 Agriculture, 54,
16 The Carbon Balance, 56,
PART 4 EXPECTED CONSEQUENCES, 59,
17 Disrupted Ecosystems, 60,
18 Water Security, 62,
19 Food Security, 64,
20 Threats to Health, 66,
21 Rising Sea Levels, 68,
22 Cities at Risk, 70,
23 Cultural Losses, 72,
PART 5 RESPONDING TO CHANGE, 75,
24 Urgent Action to Adapt, 76,
25 Building Capacity to Adapt, 78,
26 City Responses, 80,
27 Renewable Energy, 82,
28 Low Carbon Futures, 84,
29 Counting Carbon, 86,
PART 6 INTERNATIONAL POLICY & ACTION, 89,
30 International Action, 90,
31 Meeting Kyoto Targets, 92,
32 Looking Beyond Kyoto, 94,
33 Trading Carbon Credits, 96,
34 Financing the Response, 98,
PART 7 COMMITTING TO SOLUTIONS, 101,
35 Personal Action, 102,
36 Public Action, 104,
PART 8 CLIMATE CHANGE DATA, 107,
Table, 108,
Sources & Notes, 116,
Photo Credits, 124,
Index, 125,

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