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Climate Change: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues)by David Leonard Downie
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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.
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Environmental activists provide a reference summarizing the climate science and policy, historical developments, current controversies and debates, and proposed solutions. They also profile important people and organizations, identify publications and Web sites with more information, and provide a chronology and texts of relevant documents. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
• 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
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.
• Provides a comprehensive background on the complex issue of climate change in an easily accessible format with extensive information on further resources
• Covers critical developments through 2008, as climate change becomes ever more pressing on domestic and international agendas
• Analyzes the politics and science of global climate change in terms of broad concepts such as risk assessment, multilateral negotiations, and cost/benefit analysis, which are important to understanding many of today's global issues
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