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Sudden and Disruptive Climate Change: Exploring the Real Risks and How We Can Avoid Them

Edited By: Michael C MacCracken, Frances Moore and John C Topping

326 pages, Figs, col plate section, tabs


Paperback | Jan 2008 | #170109 | ISBN-13: 9781844074785
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Hardback | Dec 2007 | #171851 | ISBN-13: 9781844074778
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While changes in emissions and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are generally projected to be slow and smooth, there are increasing indications that the intensity and impacts of climate change on the environment and society could, at least on a regional basis, be abrupt and bumpy. Surprising and nonlinear responses are likely to result as warming exceeds certain thresholds, inducing relatively rapid changes in, for example, the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, atmospheric wind and precipitation patterns, coastal inundation, the occurrence of wildfire, and the ranges of plant and animal species.

Written and edited by a transdisciplinary group of internationally respected researchers, this book explores the science behind and possibilities of such changes, and their significance for our society - and in doing so goes beyond the political 'lowest common denominator' conclusions as represented in the forthcoming IPCC 4th Assessment. In addition to covering the status of the science in a number of the critical areas, it also provides indications that there is a significant potential (and need) for action to limit human-induced perturbations, which can occur more rapidly than governments are currently moving.

'An excellent, broad-ranging overview.' Future Survey 'Recommended' Choice


Foreword; Introduction; Section I: The Potential for Rapid Changes to the Weather and Climate; Section II: The Potential for Rapid Melting of Ice and Amplification of Sea Level Rise; Section III: The Potential for Dramatic Changes in Coastal Regions; Section IV: The Potential for Rapid Changes in Ecosystems; Section V: The Potential for Accelerating Action to Limit Climate Change; Index.

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Michael C. MacCracken is Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs with the Climate Institute in Washington DC, and president of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) for the period 2003-2007. Frances Moore is a social change and democracy activist and the author of 15 books, including the three-million-copy bestseller Diet for a Small Planet. John C. Topping, Jr. is President of the Climate Institute.

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