Tropical Forests and Climate / Edition 1

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Overview

Tropical forests affect climate, and the removal of the forests will change climate. Or not?
This book discusses basic questions on how far, if at all, tropical deforestation leads to climatic change. The question of this uncertainty is particularly addressed. One important consequence of the uncertainties of whether deforestation affects climate is how scientific findings best illuminate the policy-making process.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reprinted from a special double issue of Climate Change (vol. 19, nos. 1-2, 1991), investigates whether tropical rain forests affect global weather and, if so, what impact deforestation has already made and is likely to make. Emphasizing the uncertainty of causal links, the 29 articles discuss such topics as the present status of the forests, deforestation and atmospheric carbon dioxide, a management approach to the greenhouse effect, and the possibility of "buying environmental insurance" by paying tropical countries to preserve the rainforests. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792316886
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 4/30/1992
  • Edition description: Reprinted from 'CLIMATIC CHANGE', 19: 1-2, 1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Tropical Deforestation and Climatic Change: The Conceptual Background. Guest Editorial; N. Myers. Tropical Forests: Present Status and Future Outlook; N. Myers. A Commentary on: Tropical Forests: Present Status and Future Outlook; G.T. Prance. Palaeoecological Background: Neotropics; T. van der Hammen. A Commentary on: Palaeoecological Background: Neotropics; P. Colinvaux. A Synopsis of Climatic and Vegetational Change in Southeast Asia; L.R. Heaney. A Commentary on: A Synopsis of Climatic and Vegetational Change in Southeast Asia; P.H. Raven. History of Climate and Forests in Tropical Africa during the Last 8 Million Years; A.C. Hamilton, D. Taylor. The African Rain Forest Vegetation and Palaeoenvironments during Late Quaternary; J. Maley. Tropical Deforestation and Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide; R.A. Houghton. A Commentary on: Tropical Deforestation and Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide; L.D. Danny Harvey. Tropical Deforestation: Albedo and the Surface-Energy Balance; J.H.C. Gash, W.J. Shuttleworth. A Commentary on: Tropical Deforestation: Albedo and the Surface-Energy Balance; A.Henderson-Sellers. Effects of Tropical Deforestation on Global and Regional Atmospheric Chemistry; M. Keller, D.J. Jacob, S.C. Wofsy, R.C. Harriss. A Commentary on: Effects of Tropical Deforestation on Global and Regional Atmospheric Chemistry; P.M. Vitousek, P.A. Matson. Probable Impact of Deforestation on Hydrological Processes; V.M. Meher-Homji. A Commentary on: Probable Impact of Deforestation on Hydrological Processes; R.E. Dickinson. Possible Climatic Impacts of Tropical Deforestation; E. Salati, C.A. Nobre. A Commentary on: Possible Climatic Impacts of Tropical Deforestation; P.R. Rowntree, J. Lean. Deforestation, Climate Change and Sustainable Nutrition Security: A Case Study of India; S.K. Sinha, M.S. Swaminathan. A Commentary on: Deforestation, Climate Change and Sustainable Nutrition Security: A Case Study of India; N.J. Rosenberg. Tropical Forests and the Greenhouse Effect: A Management Response; N. Myers, T.J. Goreau. A Commentary on: Tropical Forests and the Greenhouse Effect: A Management Response; G. Marland. Buying Environmental Insurance: Prospects for Trading of Global Climate-Protection Services; J.N. Swisher, G.M. Masters. A Commentary on: Buying Environmental Insurance: Prospects for Trading of Global Climate-Protection Services; M. Grubb. Forests in a Warming World: A Time for New Policies; G.M. Woodwell. A Commentary on: Forests in a Warming World: A Time for New Policies; J. Gradwohl, R. Greenberg. The Politics of Prevention; C. Schneider. A Commentary on: The Politics of Prevention; J. MacNeill.
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