Climate Change: Causes, Effects, and Solutions

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 27, 2003 - Nature - 247 pages
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Human-induced climate change is a serious concern, drawing increasing attention from the media, policy makers and citizens around the world. This comprehensive and thought-provoking volume explains in easily understandable language the potential effects of climate change on our planet and our lives.

Climate Change: Causes, Effects and Solutions examines the latest scientific findings without any advanced technical knowledge. It goes beyond a description of changes in the physical environment to consider the broader issues of ecological, economic and human effects of climate change.

The book explains:

  • the causes and effects of climate change from a natural and human environment perspective.
  • mitigation options and policies that could reduce the impacts of climate change.
  • global impacts -  with case studies are taken from North America, Europe, Australasia and elsewhere.

Essential reading for undergraduates and general readers who want to heighten their knowledge and understanding of this important problem.

 

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Contents

Earth and the Greenhouse Effect
3
Lessons from History
23
The Earth Responds
39
The TwentyFirst Century and Beyond
55
Effects on Freshwater Systems
77
Effects on Terrestrial Ecosystems
99
Climate Change and Agriculture
117
Climate Change and the Marine Environment
131
Impacts on Human Settlement and Infrastructure
153
Effects of Climate Change on Human Health
171
Reducing the Impacts
187
Policy Politics and Economics of Climate Change
211
Appendixes
231
Websites on Climate Change
235
Index
241
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