Mountain World in Danger: Climate change in the forests and mountains of Europe

Mountain World in Danger: Climate change in the forests and mountains of Europe

by Sten Nilsson, David Pitt


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The changing climate, the warming of the world and acid rain are among the greatest problems facing us at the end of the twentieth century. This book describes, for the first time, the effects of these phenomena on the high mountains and the forests of Europe. Mountains and the frozen regions (the cryosphere) not only play a major part in our climatic system, but are also central to our water supplies. Yet our glaciers are shrinking, our lakes and soils are becoming acidified, our forests are damaged and the whole fragile ecosystem of ranges like the Alps and the Caucasus is threatened. Nilsson and Pitt present the evidence and assess the probable effects of these changes on mountain society, tourism, water, flora and fauna. They also examine the uncertainties. Above all they look, too, at the best possible strategies in response to What is happening and at what the next steps should be. Originally published in 1991

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415849630
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/11/2013
Series: Sustainable Development Set
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.19(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
1. Climate Change: Facts and Theories
2. Mountain and Cryosphere Situations
3. Climate Change and Mountain Regions
4. Climate Change and Mountain Forests
5. What Can be Done?
6. International Responses
Impacts of Climate Change on Seasonal Snow Cover, Ice and Permafrost and Socioeconomic Consequences - the IPCC
II Second World Climate Conference - Ministerial Declaration
III Mountains and the Cryosphere - Proposals for the World Conservation Strategy
IV IPCC3: Report of the Response Strategies Working Group
V Extract from Second World Climate Conference Conference Statement
VI Possible Elements for Inclusion in a Framework Convention on Climate Change
VII The Bellerive Initiative on Alpine Action
Index 188

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