Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change

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Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Wolfgang P. Cramer
Cambridge University Press, Feb 2, 2006 - Science - 392 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Perspectives on Dangerous Anthropogenic Interference or How to Operationalize Article 2 of the
10
Impacts of Global Climate Change at Different Annual Mean Global Temperature Increases
93
SECTION III
133
Conditions for SinktoSource Transitions and Runaway Feedbacks from the Land Carbon Cycle
155
Relationship Between Increases in Global Mean Temperature and Impacts on Ecosystems
177
Climate Stabilisation and Impacts of SeaLevel Rise
195
An Australian Perspective
219
The African Experience
235
Risks Associated with Stabilisation Scenarios and Uncertainty in Regional and Global Climate
317
Costs and Technology Role for Different Levels of CO2 Concentration Stabilization
355
Scenarios
361
Carbon Cycle Management with Biotic Fixation and Longterm Sinks
373
Scope for Future CO2 Emission Reductions from Electricity Generation through the Deployment
379
The Technology of Two Degrees
385
Foreword by Rt Hon Tony Blair MP
vii
SECTION
xv

SECTION VI
251
Observational Constraints on Climate Sensitivity
281
MultiGas Emission Pathways for Meeting the EU 2C Climate Target
299
SECTION V
xxiii
SECTION VII
xxvii
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