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Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions

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Writing team: Katherine Richardson, Will Steffen, Diana Liverman, Terry Barker, Frank Jotzo, Dan Kammen, Rik Leemans, Tim Lenton, Mohan Munasinghe, Balgis Osman-Elasha, John Schellnhuber, Nicholas Stern, Coleen Vogel, Ole Wæver Contributors: Myles R. Allen, Giles Atkinson, Marilyn Averill, Jonathan Bamber, Paul M. Barker, Jørgen Bendtsen, Pam Berry, Roberto Bertollini, Nathaniel L. Bindoff, Edward Blandford, Sarah G. Bonham, Niel H. A. Bowerman, Maxwell Boykoff, Ronald D. Brunner, Gregory Buckman, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Josep G. Canadell, Benjamin Cashore, Lynda Chambers, Nakul Chettrin, John A. Church, Kerry H. Cook, Paul Crutzen, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Peter Dann, Simon Dietz, Catia M. Domingues, Harry Dowsett, S. S. Drijfhout, Jeff R. Dunn, Hallie Eakin, Thomas Elmqvist, Matthew England, Polly Ericksen, Kirsten Findell, Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Mette Kildegaard Graversen, Nicolas Gruber, Stephen J. Hall, Christian Pilegaard Hansen, Alan M. Haywood, Kieran P. Helm, Jennifer Helgeson, Cameron Hepburn, Daniel J. Hill, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Larry Horowitz, John Ingram, Arne Jacobson, Chris D. Jones, Peter Kanowski, Sylvia I. Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Lance Kim, Brigitte Knopf, Niels Elers Koch, Katrine Krogh Andersen, Paul Leadly, Timothy M. Lenton, Hiram Levy, II, Valerie N. Livina, Jason Lowe, Jens Friis Lund, Daniel J. Lunt, Amanda H. Lynch, Ariel Macaspac Penetrante, Omar Masera, Constance McDermott, Warwick J. McKibbin, Anthony J. McMichael, Anders Melin, Kevin J. Noone, Jørgen E. Olesen, Jisung Park, Donald Perovich, Per F. Peterson, Jonathan Pickering, Stefan Rahmstorf, V. Ramaswamy, Michael R. Raupach, Leanne Renwick, Johan Rockström, Dominic Roser, Minik Rosing, Håkon Sælen, Ulrich Salzmann, Marko Scholze, Thomas Schneider von Deimling, M. Daniel Schwarzkopf, Frances Seymour, Eklabya Sharma, Drew Shindell, Pete Smith, David A. Stainforth, Konrad Steffen, Martin Stendel, Hanne Strager, Carol Turley, Chris Turney, Paul J. Valdes, S. L. Weber, Neil J. White, Susan E. Wijffels, Mark Williams, Peter J. Wood, Jan Zalasiewicz, Robert J. Zomer
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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521198363

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  • Providing an up-to-date synthesis of all knowledge relevant to the climate change issue, this book ranges from the basic science documenting the need for policy action to the technologies, economic instruments and political strategies that can be employed in response to climate change. Ethical and cultural issues constraining the societal response to climate change are also discussed. This book provides a handbook for those who want to understand and contribute to meeting this challenge. It covers a very wide range of disciplines – core biophysical sciences involved with climate change (geosciences, atmospheric sciences, ocean sciences, ecology/biology) as well as economics, political science, health sciences, institutions and governance, sociology, ethics and philosophy, and engineering. As such it will be invaluable for a wide range of researchers and professionals wanting a cutting-edge synthesis of climate change issues, and for advanced student courses on climate change.

    • One-stop resource for an authoritative and up-to-date overview of human-caused climate change, its current and projected impacts on society and the public-policy options for mitigation and adaptation
    • Chapters contain 'expert boxes' on key issues that complement the book, providing the reader with unique insight into the types of research questions being asked today and how they are being addressed
    • In total, over 80 scientists have been involved in writing the book, providing a summary of understanding from a large number of scientists and scholars from across the broad range of disciplines relevant to climate change
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    "readable yet comprehensive view of the climate change issue..graphics are generally of high quality..Highly Recommended." - CHOICE

    "This impressive work could well serve as the core text for a university course in contemporary climate issues, and should be featured by any library seeking to inform its patrons on the future of their world. It certainly provides a uniquely illuminating Baedeker for anyone seeking to explore the complexities of the climate change issue and the possibilities for navigating our planet and its passengers through them. One might even wistfully hope that it might find its way into the reading lists of the current aspirants to the White House, a depressing number of whom deny the very existence of the problems it addresses." - John S. Perry, Bulletin for the AMS, April 2012

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521198363
    • length: 542 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.06kg
    • contains: 109 b/w illus. 54 colour illus. 9 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Foreword
    Preface
    List of acronyms and abbreviations
    Part I. Climatic Trends:
    1. Identifying, monitoring and predicting change in the climate system
    2. The oceans and the climate system
    3. Sea level rise and ice sheet dynamics
    4. Carbon cycle trends and vulnerabilities
    Part II. Defining 'Dangerous Climate Change':
    5. The impact of climate change on human societies
    6. Impacts of climate change on the biotic fabric of the planet
    7. Tipping elements: jokers in the pack
    8. Linking science and action: targets, timetables and emission budgets
    Part III. Equity Issues:
    9. The equity challenge and climate policy: responsibilities, vulnerabilities and inequality in the response to climate change
    10. A long-term perspective on climate change: values and ethics
    Part IV. Mitigation and Adaptation Approaches:
    11. Low-carbon energy technologies as mitigation approaches
    12. Economic approaches and instruments
    13. Geopolitics and governance
    14. Adapting to the unavoidable
    Part V. Meeting the Challenge:
    15. Integrating adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development
    16. Mobilising the population
    17. The human-Earth relationship: past, present and future
    Index.

  • Editors

    Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen
    Katherine Richardson is Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen and Professor in Biological Oceanography. She has been active both as a member and chairman of several national and international research committees and advisory bodies including the scientific steering committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. She is Chairman of the Danish Government's Climate Commission. She was also chairman of the Scientific Steering Committee for the international scientific congress Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions. The focus of her research is carbon cycling in the ocean and how changing climate conditions influence biodiversity in the ocean and the ability of biological processes in the ocean to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Richardson has authored over 75 scientific publications and a large number of popular scientific works, including Our Threatened Oceans (2009, Haus Publishing; with Stefan Rahmstorf).

    Will Steffen, Australian National University, Canberra
    Will Steffen is Executive Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, and is also Science Adviser, Department of Climate Change, Australian Government. From 1998 to mid 2004, he served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate change and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability, climate change and the Earth System.

    Diana Liverman, University of Arizona and University of Oxford
    Diana Liverman holds appointments at the University of Arizona (where she directs the Institute of the Environment) and Oxford University (working with the Environmental Change Institute). Her main research interests include climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and climate policy, especially the role of the developing world and non-state actors in both mitigation and adaptation. She has written numerous books and articles on the environment, climate and development and advised government, business and NGOs on climate issues. Currently she chairs the scientific advisory committee of the International Global Environmental Change and Food Security Program, co-chairs the US National Academies panel on Informing America's Climate Choices and edits the Annual Review of Environment and Resources.

    Contributors

    Writing team: Katherine Richardson, Will Steffen, Diana Liverman, Terry Barker, Frank Jotzo, Dan Kammen, Rik Leemans, Tim Lenton, Mohan Munasinghe, Balgis Osman-Elasha, John Schellnhuber, Nicholas Stern, Coleen Vogel, Ole Wæver Contributors: Myles R. Allen, Giles Atkinson, Marilyn Averill, Jonathan Bamber, Paul M. Barker, Jørgen Bendtsen, Pam Berry, Roberto Bertollini, Nathaniel L. Bindoff, Edward Blandford, Sarah G. Bonham, Niel H. A. Bowerman, Maxwell Boykoff, Ronald D. Brunner, Gregory Buckman, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Josep G. Canadell, Benjamin Cashore, Lynda Chambers, Nakul Chettrin, John A. Church, Kerry H. Cook, Paul Crutzen, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Peter Dann, Simon Dietz, Catia M. Domingues, Harry Dowsett, S. S. Drijfhout, Jeff R. Dunn, Hallie Eakin, Thomas Elmqvist, Matthew England, Polly Ericksen, Kirsten Findell, Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Mette Kildegaard Graversen, Nicolas Gruber, Stephen J. Hall, Christian Pilegaard Hansen, Alan M. Haywood, Kieran P. Helm, Jennifer Helgeson, Cameron Hepburn, Daniel J. Hill, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Larry Horowitz, John Ingram, Arne Jacobson, Chris D. Jones, Peter Kanowski, Sylvia I. Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Lance Kim, Brigitte Knopf, Niels Elers Koch, Katrine Krogh Andersen, Paul Leadly, Timothy M. Lenton, Hiram Levy, II, Valerie N. Livina, Jason Lowe, Jens Friis Lund, Daniel J. Lunt, Amanda H. Lynch, Ariel Macaspac Penetrante, Omar Masera, Constance McDermott, Warwick J. McKibbin, Anthony J. McMichael, Anders Melin, Kevin J. Noone, Jørgen E. Olesen, Jisung Park, Donald Perovich, Per F. Peterson, Jonathan Pickering, Stefan Rahmstorf, V. Ramaswamy, Michael R. Raupach, Leanne Renwick, Johan Rockström, Dominic Roser, Minik Rosing, Håkon Sælen, Ulrich Salzmann, Marko Scholze, Thomas Schneider von Deimling, M. Daniel Schwarzkopf, Frances Seymour, Eklabya Sharma, Drew Shindell, Pete Smith, David A. Stainforth, Konrad Steffen, Martin Stendel, Hanne Strager, Carol Turley, Chris Turney, Paul J. Valdes, S. L. Weber, Neil J. White, Susan E. Wijffels, Mark Williams, Peter J. Wood, Jan Zalasiewicz, Robert J. Zomer

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