Skip to content
Open global navigation

Cambridge University Press

AcademicLocation selectorSearch toggleMain navigation toggle

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist
Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

$74.99 (Z)

  • Date Published: August 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521144070

$74.99 (Z)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This book is the most comprehensive report to date on the wide range of impacts of climate change in the United States. It is written in plain language to better inform members of the public and policymakers. The report finds that global warming is unequivocal, primarily human-induced, and its impacts are already apparent in transportation, agriculture, health, and water and energy supplies. These impacts are expected to grow with continued climate change – the higher the levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the greater the impacts. The report illustrates how these impacts can be kept to a minimum if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. The choices we make now will determine the severity of climate change impacts in the future. This book will help citizens, business leaders, and policymakers at all levels to make informed decisions about responding to climate change and its impacts. Watch the Video of the Report's Release: For more information on the United States Global Change Research Program, click here Media Coverage of Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States: New York Times/ClimateWire U.S. Study Projects How 'Unequivocal Warming' Will Change Americans' Lives - click here Washington Post Report: Climate Change Already Affecting U.S. - click here San Francisco Chronicle New report stresses immediacy of global warming - click here The Christian Science Monitor Global warming affecting every corner of the US, report says - click here Agence France Press Act now on global warming, US government report urges - click here Sample image from the book:

    • Likely to set the policy agenda across the US for the next few years
    • Features examples of actions currently being pursued in various regions to address climate change
    • Summarises in one place the current and projected affects of climate change in the United States
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    ' ... the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative assessment of climate change impacts on the United States. ... [The report] is part of a larger process of public and policy-maker education about what the science is telling us, that one has to hope will contribute to how people think about specific legislative proposals, and the need to move ahead, after many years of dithering and delay.'
    - John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

    ' ... human-induced climate change is a reality, not only in remote polar regions and in small tropical islands, but everyplace around the country, in our own back yards. It’s happening. It’s happening now. It’s not just a problem for the future. We are beginning to see its impacts in our daily lives. More than that, humans are responsible for the changes that we are seeing, and our actions now will determine the extent of future change and the severity of the impacts. ... it is not too late to act. Decisions made now will determine whether we get big changes or small changes. ... If we take immediate and sustained action to reduce heat-trapping pollution, we can in fact avoid the most severe impacts ... Much of the foot-dragging in addressing climate change is a reflection of the perception that climate change is way down the road, it’s in the future, and it only affects remote parts of the planet. ... The report does exactly what is needed at this time, which is to emphasize the reality of climate change, the fact that it is urgent, that we [need to] reduce heat-trapping pollution, and the fact that it is happening everyplace. That is the most important information for decision-makers to hear right now, ... The sooner we focus on getting our house in order, the better we will be prepared to be players on the international scene.'
    - Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    'By comparing impacts that are projected to result from higher versus lower emissions of heat-trapping gases, our report underscores the importance and real economic value of reducing those emissions. It shows that the choices made now will have far-reaching consequences.'
    - Tom Karl, director of the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, N. C., and cochair of the committee that pulled together the report

    'One of the messages that we are trying to make sure people understand is that stakes are high. This really is not an issue that you can think about in terms of, ‘oh, these things might happen in 50 years.’ Things are happening now.'
    - Anthony Janetos, director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, College Park, MD., a report coauthor

    'Elected officials and their constituents ought to be influenced by the kind of material in this report. I hope this whole [issue] of the climate change consequences gets into the bloodstream of the public discourse of the country.'
    - Rick Piltz, director of the Government Accountability Project’s Climate Science Watch, Washington, D. C.

    'If the United States and the rest of the world don’t act together to address this global issue, we will be leaving generations with a much hotter and much poorer planet. ... [lowering U.S. emissions] is a Herculean task. We can do it, but we have to greatly invest in energy [research and development], use all the tools we have today, and develop the new tools for tomorrow.'
    - Rosina Bierbaum, codirector of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2010, and dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment

    "Highly recommended." - CHOICE

    "This book is the most comprehensive report to date on the wide range of impacts on climate change in the United States. It is written in plain language to better inform members of the public and policymakers...This book will help citizens, business leaders, and policymakers at all levels to make informed decisions about responding to climate change and its impacts." - Southwestern Naturalist, Vol. 10, No. 2

    "...GCCIUS report is notable for its illuminating, solidly sourced explanations and its clear and user-friendly color graphics on many aspects of how manmade global warming is impacting the United States." - Bill Blakemore, ABC News Technology Blog, October 2012

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521144070
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 278 x 216 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 135 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    About this report
    Executive summary
    1. National climate change
    2. Climate change impacts by sector
    3. Regional climate impacts
    4. An agenda for climate impacts science
    5. Concluding thoughts
    Author team biographies
    Primary sources of information
    Photography credits.

  • Editors

    Thomas R. Karl, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Asheville, North Carolina

    Jerry M. Melillo, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole

    Thomas C. Peterson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Asheville, North Carolina

    Susan J. Hassol, Climate Communication, Basalt, Colorado

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website, your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Back to top

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel Delete

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.