Editors' Foreword - Executive Summary - Preface by Sponsors - Table of contents. 1. Global Change: Both a Scientific and a Political Issue; R.E. Munn. 2. Overview of the Main International Research Programmes; J.W.M. la Riviere. 3. The International Geosphere--Biosphere Programme; P. Williamson, P. Liss. 4. Understanding the Climate System; G.A. McBean. 5. Policy Responses to Global Environmental Issues: an Introductory Overview; J.C.I. Dooge. 6. Intergovernmental Policy Responses to Global Environmental Issues; R.E. Munn, P. Timmerman. 7. Examples of Governmental Policy Responses to Global Environmental Issues; P. Timmerman, R.E. Munn. 8. Examples of Responses from Business and Industry; N. van Lookeren Campagne. Interviews with J.M.H. van Engelshoven, N.G. Ketting, H.H. van den Kroonenberg, E. van Lennep, O.H.A. van Royen and P. Winsemius by J. van Kasteren. 9. Examples of Responses from Public Interest Groups; J.W.M. la Riviere, R.E. Munn, P. Timmerman. Appendix: A1. Contact Addresses and Further Information on Authors, Supporting and Sponsoring Organisations. A2. List of Acronyms. A3. Methods for Assessing Effects of Global Change on the Biosphere and Society. A4. Instruments for Facilitating the Application of Global Change Research Results to Policy Making. A5. Inventory of Adaptation Strategies Relating to Climate Change; a Canadian Example. A6. Index.