Foreword Robert Corell; 1. A grand query: how scale matters in global change research Robert W. Kates and Thomas J. Wilbanks; 2. The research strategy: linking the local to the global Thomas J. Wilbanks, Robert W. Kates, David P. Angel, Susan L. Cutter, William E. Easterling and Michael Mayfield; 3. Global change and Southwestern Kansas: local emissions and non-local determinants John A. Harrington Jr, David E. Kromm, Lisa M. B. Harrington, Douglas G. Goodin and Stephen E. White; 4. Northwestern North Carolina: local diversity in an era of change Neal G. Lineback, Michael Mayfield and Jennifer DeHart; 5. Northwestern Ohio: re-industrialization and emission reduction Samuel A. Aryeetey-Attoh, Peter S. Lindquist, William. A. Muraco and Neil Reid; 6. Global change and Central Pennsylvania: local resources and impacts of mitigation Andrea Denny, Brenton Yarnal, Colin Polsky and Steve Lachman; 7. Changing places and changing emissions: comparing local, state and United States emissions William E. Easterling, Colin Polsky, Douglas G. Goodin, Michael Mayfield, William A. Muraco and Brenton Yarnal; 8. Explaining Greenhouse Gas emissions from localities David P. Angel, Samuel A. Aryeetey-Attoh, Jennifer DeHart, David E. Kromm and Stephen E. White; 9. Attitudes toward reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions from local places Susan L. Cutter, Jerry T. Mitchell, Arleen A. Hill, Lisa M. B. Harrington, Sylvia-Linda Kaktins, William A. Muraco, Jennifer DeHart, Audrey Reynolds and Robin Shudak; 10. Reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions: learning from local analogs C. Gregory Knight, Susan L. Cutter, Jennifer DeHart, Andrea Denny, David G. Howard, Sylvia-Linda Kaktins, David E. Kromm, Stephen E. White and Brenton Yarnal; 11. Long term potentials for reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions from local areas Thomas J. Wilbanks and Robert W. Kates; 12. Global change and local places: lessons learned Robert W. Kates, Thomas J. Wilbanks and Ronald F. Abler.