The Climate Change 2007 volumes of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provide the most comprehensive and balanced assessment of climate change available.
This IPCC Working Group III volume provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art and worldwide overview of scientific knowledge related to the mitigation of climate change. It includes a detailed assessment of costs and potentials of mitigation technologies and practices, implementation barriers, and policy options for the sectors: energy supply, transport, buildings, industry, agriculture, forestry and waste management. It links sustainable development policies with climate change practices. This volume will again be the standard reference for all those concerned with climate change, including students and researchers, analysts and decision-makers in governments and the private sector.
From reviews of the Third Assessment Report – Climate Change 2001:
"The detail is truly amazing [...] invaluable works of reference [...] no reference or science library should be without a set [of the IPCC volumes] [...] unreservedly recommended to all readers."
- Journal of Meteorology
"This well-edited set of three volumes will surely be the standard reference for nearly all arguments related with global warming and climate change in the next years. It should not be missing in the libraries of atmospheric and climate research institutes and those administrative and political institutions which have to deal with global change and sustainable development."
- Meteorologische Zeitschrift
"[...] likely to remain a vital reference work until further research renders the details outdated by the time of the next survey [...] another significant step forward in the understanding of the likely impacts of climate change on a global scale."
- International Journal of Climatology
"The IPCC has conducted what is arguably the largest, most comprehensive and transparent study ever undertaken by mankind [...] The result is a work of substance and authority, which only the foolish would deride."
- Wind Engineering
"[...] the weight of evidence presented, the authority that IPCC commands and the breadth of view can hardly fail to impress and earn respect. Each of the volumes is essentially a remarkable work of reference, containing a plethora of information and copious bibliographies. There can be few natural scientists who will not want to have at least one of these volumes to hand on their bookshelves, at least until further research renders the details outdated by the time of the next survey."
- The Holocene
"The subject is explored in great depth and should prove valuable to policy makers, researchers, analysts, and students."
- American Meteorological Society
From reviews of the Second Assessment Report – Climate Change 1995:
"[...] essential reading for anyone interested in global environmental change, either past, present or future. [...] These volumes have a deservedly high reputation"
- Geological Magazine
"[...] a tremendous achievement of coordinating the contributons of well over a thousand individuals to produce an authoritative, state-of-the-art review which will be of great value to decision-makers and the scientific community at large [...] an indispensable reference."
- International Journal of Climatology
"[...] a wealth of clear, well-organized information that is all in one place [...] there is much to applaud."
- Environment International
Summary for policymakers
2. Framing issues
3. Issues related to mitigation in the long term context
4. Energy supply
5. Transport and its infrastructure
6. Residential and commercial buildings
10. Waste management
11. Mitigation from a cross sectoral perspective
12. Sustainable development and mitigation
13. Policies, instruments and co-operative agreements
Annex I: Glossary
Annex II: Acronyms, abbreviations and chemical compounds
Annex III: List of authors and reviewers
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