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Climate Solutions Consensus: What We Know and What To Do About It

Climate Solutions Consensus: What We Know and What To Do About It

by National Council for Science and the Environment
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597266744

ISBN-13: 2901597266740

Pub. Date: 11/26/2009

Publisher: Island Press



In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (with former Vice President Al Gore) for its reporting on the human causes of climate change. In 2008, the National Council for Science and the Environment reported that the acceleration of climate change is already faster than the IPCC projected only a year earlier.

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In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (with former Vice President Al Gore) for its reporting on the human causes of climate change. In 2008, the National Council for Science and the Environment reported that the acceleration of climate change is already faster than the IPCC projected only a year earlier. How we deal with the rapid environmental changes, and the human forces that are driving these changes, will be among the defining issues of our generation.

 


Climate Solutions Consensus presents an agenda for America. It is the first major consensus statement by the nation’s leading scientists, and it provides specific recommendations for federal policies, for state and local governments, for businesses, and for colleges and universities that are preparing future generations who will be dealing with a radically changed climate. The book draws upon the recommendations developed by more than 1200 scientists, educators and decision makers who participated in the National Council for Science and the Environment’s 8th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment.

 

After presenting a lucid narrative of the science behind climate change and its solutions, Climate Solutions Consensus presents 35 practical, results-oriented approaches for minimizing climate change and its impacts. It clearly spells out options for technological, societal, and policy actions. And it deals head-on with controversial topics, including nuclear energy, ocean fertilization and atmospheric geo-engineering.

 

One of the book’s key conclusions is that climate solutionsare about much more than energy sources. They involve re-examining everything people do with an eye toward minimizing climate impacts. This includes our eating habits, consumption patterns, transportation, building and housing, forestry, land use, education, and more. According to these scientists, the time to act is now. With clarity and urgency, they tell us exactly what needs to be done to start reversing the driving factors behind climate change, minimizing their consequences, and adapting to what is beyond our power to stop.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901597266740
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
11/26/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
388

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Table of Contents

Contents

About Island Press,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Table of Figures,
PREFACE,
THIRTY-NINE REASON WHY WE HAVE TO ACT NOW,
INTRODUCTION - This Is Not Global Warming!,
PART I - What We Know About Climate,
CHAPTER 1 - The Dance of the Mice and Elephants,
CHAPTER 2 - Three Questions Every Citizen Should Ask,
CHAPTER 3 - Human Carbon as the Smoking Gun,
CHAPTER 4 - Rising Carbon, Rising Oceans,
PART II - How to Think About Climate Solutions,
CHAPTER 5 - The Five Horsemen of Extinction,
CHAPTER 6 - The Cheapest Carbon,
CHAPTER 7 - No Silver Bullet, Many Silver Wedges,
CHAPTER 8 - Energy in the Cycle of Material Life,
CHAPTER 9 - Multiple Intensity Disorder,
PART III - How We Work Together Now,
CHAPTER 10 - Carbon Meets Wall Street,
CHAPTER 11 - The Climate Message Starts to Stick,
CHAPTER 12 - Think Globally, Incubate Locally,
CHAPTER 13 - Where Science, Policy, and Public Meet,
CHAPTER 14 - Scaling Up Amidst the Curse of Knowledge,
CHAPTER 15 - All of the Above! Solutions in Perspective,
PART IV - Thirty-Five Immeiate Climate Actions,
ACTIONS 1-20 - Strategies for Stabilization, Mitigation, and Adaptation,
ACTIONS 21-28 - Guiding and Fostering Multidisciplinary Research,
ACTIONS 29-35 - Expanding Climate Information, Education, and Communication,
APPENDIX 1 - Climate Change Time Line,
APPENDIX 2 - Climate Change: Science and Solutions,
Acknowledgments,
Sponsors,
About the Authors,
Index,
Island Press | Board of Directors,

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