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Climate Change Science and Policy

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ISBN-10: 1597265675

ISBN-13: 9781597265676

Edition: 2nd 2010

Authors: Stephen H. Schneider, Armin Rosencranz, Michael D. Mastrandrea, Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti

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This is the most comprehensive and current reference resource on climate change available today. It features 49 individual chapters by some of the world's leading climate scientists. Its five sections address climate change in five dimensions: ecological impacts; policy analysis; international considerations; United States considerations; and mitigation options to reduce carbon emissions. In many ways, this volume supersedes the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Many important developments too recent to be treated by the 2007 IPCC documents are covered here. This book considers not only the IPCC report, but also results of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Bali in December 2007, as well as even more recent research data. Overall,Climate Change Science and Policypaints a direr picture of the effects of climate change than do the IPCC reports. It reveals that climate change has progressed faster than the IPCC reports anticipated and that the outlook for the future is bleaker than the IPCC reported. In his prologue, John P. Holdren writes that the widely-used term "global warming" is a misnomer. He suggests that a more accurate label would be "global climatic disruption." This volume, he states, will equip readers with all they need to know to rebut the misrepresentations being propagated by "climate-change skeptics." No one, he writes, will be a skeptic after reading this book.
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 12/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

George Baker is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an editor at October magazine and October Books. He is the editor of James Coleman (MIT Press) and a frequent contributor to Artforum.Michael D. Mastrandrea is an Assistant Consulting Professor at theStanford University Woods Institute for the Environment. His work hasbeen published in Science Magazine and Proceedings of the NationalAcademy of Sciences, and he is co-author of chapters on keyvulnerabilities and climate risks and on long-term mitigation strategiesfor the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. He also serves on theEditorial Board for the journal Climatic Change and is co-editor of the book Climate Change Science and Policy.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Impacts of Climate Change
Climate Change Science Overview
Detection and Attribution
Wild Species and Extinction
Ecosystems
Marine Ecosystems
Water
Hurricanes
Wildfires
Tropical Forests of Amazonia
Global Crop Production and Food Security
Human Health
Unique and Valued Places
Policy Analysis
Assessing Economic Impacts
Integrated Assessment Modeling
Risk, Uncertainty, and Assessing Dangerous Climate Change
Risk Perceptions and Behavior
What Is the Economic Cost of Climate Change?
Cost-Efficiency and Political Feasibility
Carbon Taxes, Trading, and Offsets
The Cost of Reducing CO2 Emissions
International Considerations
International Treaties
EU Climate Policy
Population
Inequities and Imbalances
Ethics, Rights, and Responsibilities
Developing Country Perspectives
CDM and Mitigation in Developing Countries
Measuring the Clean Development Mechanism's Performance and Potential
Understanding the Climate Challenge in China
Climate Change and the New China
India
Australia
United States
National Policy
Policy in California
California's Battle for Clean Cars
US. State Climate Action
Policies to Stimulate Corporate Action
Corporate Initiatives
Carbonundrums: The Role of the Media
Newspaper and Television Coverage
Media and Public Education
Mitigation Options to Reduce Carbon Emissions
The Road Forward
Energy Efficiency
Renewable Energy
Designing Energy Supply Chains Based on Hydrogen
Nuclear Energy
Coal Capture and Storage
Tropical Forests
Engineering the Planet
Contributors
Index
About the Authors