Global Environmental Change

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Ronald E. Hester, Roy M. Harrison
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2002 - Nature - 197 pages
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Few people today are unaware of the far-reaching effects of global environmental change, and it is now generally accepted that human activities are the root cause of the changes in climate. Global Environmental Change provides a balanced overview of the problems associated with global warming. Commencing with a chapter on the evidence for global warming presented by Sir John Houghton, the book then goes on to discuss the many problems associated with air pollution. Subsequent chapters cover rising sea levels, the effect of climate change on human health and the role of environmental performance in industry. This readable and factually detailed book will have wide appeal but will be of particular interest to environmental scientists, industrial managers, policy-makers and students.
 

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Contents

Background
1
Formation of the IPCC
2
The IPCC 1990 Report
3
Ownership by Scientists and by Goverments
4
The Science Policy Interface
5
IPCCs Work in Science Applications and in Social Sciences
6
The 1992 1994 and 1995 IPCC Reports
7
Attacks on the IPCC
8
Issues in Environmental Science and Technology No 17
83
Sealevel Rise and Climate Change in Coastal Areas
84
Impact and Vulnerability Assessment of Sealevel Rise
89
Responding to Sealevel Rise
100
The Future of Vulnerability Assessments
104
DiscussionConclusions
107
Climate Change Global Food Supply and Risk of Hunger
109
Initial Estimations for Climate Scenarios from Low Resolution Climate Models
110

The FCCC and the IPCC
9
The Third Assessment Report
11
The Future Work of the IPCC
18
The IPCC in the Context of Other Global Issues
19
Acknowledgements
20
A Perspective on Global Air Pollution Problems
21
Impacts of Air Pollution
25
The Regional Status of Air Pollution
36
Policy Development for Air Pollution Abatement
45
Initiatives to Improve Urban Air Quality in Developing Countries
53
Future Action
55
Influence of Climate Variability and Change on the Structure Dynamics and Exploitation of Marine Ecosystems
57
Coupling Atmospheric and Biological Processes in the Ocean
63
Anthropogenic Effects
76
Conclusions and Way Forward
80
Acknowledgements
82
Recently Estimated Effects for Climate Scenarios from Higher Resolution GCMs with New Socioeconomic Projections
123
Reducing Impacts by Stabilizing Co Concentrations at Lower Levels
129
Conclusions
137
Global Environmental Changes and Human Health
139
Local Regional and Global Environmental Changes
140
Environmental Conflict and Security
154
Environmental Global Public Goods for Health and Scientific Uncertainty
156
Acknowledgement
160
Corporate Environmental Performance
161
Environmental and Social Reporting
165
Environmental Performance Measurement and Reporting
166
Standardization Initiatives
167
Analysis of Environmental and Financial Performance of Firms
170
The MEPI Study
175
Subject Index
185
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The series has been edited by Professors Hester and Harrison since it began in 1994.

Professor Roy Harrison OBE is listed by ISI Thomson Scientific (on ISI Web of Knowledge) as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Environmental Science/Ecology category. He has an h-index of 54 (i.e. 54 of his papers have received 54 or more citations in the literature). In 2004 he was appointed OBE for services to environmental science in the New Year Honours List. He was profiled by the Journal of Environmental Monitoring (Vol 5, pp 39N-41N, 2003). Professor Harrison's research interests lie in the field of environment and human health. His main specialism is in air pollution, from emissions through atmospheric chemical and physical transformations to exposure and effects on human health. Much of this work is designed to inform the development of policy.

Now an emeritus professor, Professor Ron Hester's current activities in chemistry are mainly as an editor and as an external examiner and assessor. He also retains appointments as external examiner and assessor / adviser on courses, individual promotions, and departmental / subject area evaluations both in the UK and abroad.

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