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Energy and Climate Change: Report of the DOE Multi-Laboratory Climate Change Committee

Lewis Publishers

Hardback | Dec 1990 | #85355 | ISBN: 0873714172
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This report is a synopsis of the chemical, climatic, and environmental effects of continuing emissions of carbon dioxide and other radioactive and chemically active trace gases. It includes energy scenarios, cost and risk analyses, policy recommendations, as well as what is accepted as the best possible technical evaluation available, while recognizing complex social aspects.


SUMMARY. The Changing Atmospheric Composition. The Greenhouse Effect. The Climatic Response. Environmental Response to Climate Change. Technological Options for Responding. Overview of Report. EMISSIONS. Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Historical Emissions of Greenhouse Gases. Forecasts of Future Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Research Needs. THE CHANGING COMPOSITION, CHEMISTRY, AND RADIACTIVE FORCING OF THE GLOBAL ATMOSPHERE. The Changing Atmospheric Composition. Carbon Dioxide: Observations and Trends. Other Atmospheric Constituents. Projections of Future Concentrations. The Direct Radiactive Influence. Chemical Interactions and Ozone. Research Needs. CLIMATIC CONSEQUENCES OF COMPOSITION CHANGES. Climate and Past Climate Change. Methods for Projecting Future Climate. Model Representation of the Present Climate. Sensitivity of Climate to Changes in Atmospheric Composition. Projections of Time-Dependent Climate Change. Consistency of Climatic Trends and Projections. Research Needs. CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT. Energy Strategy and the Human Environment. Approaches to Examining Consequences. Findings from Sectoral Studies. Findings from Regional Studies. Findings from Analog Studies. Uncertainties and Information Needs. Research Needs. OPTIONS FOR TECHNOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Fix-Options for Reducing Emissions form Fossil-Fuel Systems. Change-Option with Nonfossil Sources of Energy. Options for Tinkering with the Climate System. Options for Coping with Climate Change. Discussion. CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NATIONAL ENERGY STRATEGY. Potential Changes in Atmospheric Composition and Climate. Potential Environmental Impacts. Potential Societal and Technological Developments. Recommendations for Improving Understanding. References. Appendix 1: Author Affiliation.

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