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Mark Twain's comment that everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it no longer applies: human activities have altered the global climate, and governments are having to act now to avoid more extreme perturbations.
This book examines the factors responsible for global climate change and the geophysical, biological, economic, legal and cultural consequences of such changes. It highlights the complexity of decision-making under uncertainty, contrasting the methods that various disciplines employ to evaluate past and future conditions.
Introduction History of Earth's Climate Forcing Factors Climate in the Future: GCMs Biological Impacts of Rising CO2 Climate Change and the Biosphere Mitigation Strategies: Transportation Mitigation: Electric Power Mitigation: Agriculture, Forestry, Industry, Commerce, and Residences Economics of Climate Change International Law and Politics Cultural Factors
ARNOLD J. BLOOM, University of California at Davis, USA.
'Professor Bloom has created the definitive textbook on climate change. It is comprehensive, well-written and organized--and timely. Bloom's book will inform and inspire a generation of students confronting the most urgent challenge of our time.' --Kerry Tremain, University of California 'A... breakthrough work because of its scope. Its reach in explaining the field of climate change is unlike anything I've seen.' --Roy Peterson, California Department of Water Resources 'This is a unique and indispensable volume for teaching contemporary global change.' --Donald R. Strong, University of California, Davis, and Editor-in-Chief, Ecology