Climate Change: What it Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren
Most of us are familiar with the terms climate change and global warming, but not toomany of us understand the science behind them. We don't really understand how climate change willaffect us, and for that reason we might not consider it as pressing a concern as, say, housingprices or the quality of local education. This book explains the scientific knowledge about globalclimate change clearly and concisely in engaging, nontechnical language, describes how it willaffect all of us, and suggests how government, business, and citizens can take action against it. Ifpeople don't quite understand the seriousness of climate change, it is partly because politiciansand the media have misrepresented the scientific community's strong consensus on it--politicians byselectively parsing the words of mainstream scientists, and the media by presenting"balanced" accounts that give the views of a small number of contrarians equal weight withempirically supported scientific findings. The science is complex, couched in the technical languageof sinks, forcing, and albedo, and invokes probabilities, risks, ranges, and uncertainties. Policydiscussions use such unfamiliar terms as no regrets policy, clean development mechanism, andgreenhouse-gas intensity. Climate Change explains the nuts and bolts of climate and the greenhouseeffect and describes their interaction. It discusses the nature of consensus in science, and theconsensus on climate change in particular. It describes both public- and private-sector responses,considers how to improve the way scientific findings are communicated, and evaluates the real risksboth to vulnerable developing countries and to particular areas of the United States. We can bettertackle climate change, this book shows us, if we understand it. We can use this knowledge to guideour own behavior and pressure governments and businesses to take action.Joseph F. C. DiMento isDirector of the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design,and Professor of Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of TheGlobal Environment and International Law and other books. Pamela Doughman is Assistant Professor ofEnvironmental Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield and an energy specialist at theCalifornia Energy Commission.
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