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Climate Change: A Reference Handbook

Climate Change: A Reference Handbook


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An accessible introduction to climate change that outlines key scientific, economic, and political issues, reviews how the global community has addressed the issue to date, and discusses the options being explored for further action.

Climate Change: A Reference Handbook offers readers a way to separate science from politics on this crucial and often contentious issue. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the science and public policy of climate change, including discussion of historical developments, today's key concepts, and the future of climate science and policy.

Climate Change begins by explaining the science behind global climate change, including the growing consensus that human activity is a major contributing factor. It then takes an objective look at the key conflicts in climate science and policy, describes those that have been resolved, and offers a balanced review of proposals for those that have not. A separate chapter focuses on the scientific, economic, and political aspects of climate change as they are playing out specifically in the United States.

  • Numerous primary source documents including excerpts from important early scientific articles on climate change, global climate treaties, the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports, and statements from academics, businesses, religious groups, and more
  • A rich variety of graphics help readers understand current and expected impacts of climate change, as well as the latest data and ideas from the scientific community on the subject of global climate change

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598841527
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Series: Contemporary World Issues
Pages: 337
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David L. Downie, PhD, is director of environmental studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. His published works include Global Environmental Politics, 4th Edition and The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy.

Kate Brash is assistant director of the Global Roundtable on Climate Change at Columbia University, New York, NY.

Catherine Vaughan is the program coordinator at the Global Roundtable on Climate Change at Columbia University, New York, NY.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for Climate Change: A Reference Handbook

David L. Downie, Columbia University

Kate Brash, Columbia University

Catherine Vaughn, Columbia University


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions

Chapter 3: Worldwide Perspective

Chapter 4: Chronology

Chapter 5: Biographical Sketches

Chapter 6: Facts and Statistics

Chapter 7: Directory of Organizations, Associations, and Agencies

Chapter 8: Selected Print and Non-Print Resources



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