The impacts of climate change are already being observed in a variety of sectors and there is greater clarity that these changes are being caused by human activities, mainly through release of greenhouse gases. In 2005 the UK Government hosted the Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change conference to take an in-depth look at the scientific issues associated with climate change. This volume presents findings from the leading international scientists that attended the conference. The topics addressed include critical thresholds and key vulnerabilities of the climate system, impacts on human and natural systems, socioeconomic costs and benefits of emissions pathways, and technological options for meeting different stabilisation levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The volume provides invaluable information for researchers in environmental science, climatology, and atmospheric chemistry, policy-makers in governments and environmental organizations, and scientists and engineers in industry.
• Presents the most recent findings from the leading international scientists • Foreword from Prime Minister Tony Blair; Introduction from Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC • Illustrated with colour figures throughout
Part I. Key Vulnerabilities of the Climate System and Critical Thresholds; Part II. General Perspectives on Dangerous Impacts; Part III. Key Vulnerabilities for Ecosystems and Biodiversity; Part IV. Socio-Economic Effects; Part V. Regional Perspectives; Part VI. Emission Pathways; Part VII. Technological Options.
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'… a very impressive volume … coverage is comprehensive, and, thanks to the revisions made by the distinguished authors, very up to date. … very extensive lists of references. The book is illustrated by tables, graphs, diagrams and figures, many in full colour and, as we have come to expect from CUP is impeccably produced on high quality paper and bound in such a way that it can be opened flat at any point, invaluable for close study … this volume must surely be a 'must' for all reference and University libraries. We all owe a great debt to CUP for producing such a valuable volume so promptly.' The International Journal of Meteorology
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' … the book is an important publication which summarizes the available information on climate change and tis impacts as for 2006. In a much more condensed form than the official IPCC reports it helps to convey the legacy of climate research to policy-makers and decision-makers.' Meteorologische Zeitschrift