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- DescriptionMost of us are familiar with the terms climate change and global warming, but t too many of us understand the science behind them. We don't really understand how climate change will affect us, and for that reason we might t consider it as pressing a concern as, say, housing prices or the quality of local education. This book explains the scientific kwledge about global climate change clearly and concisely in engaging, ntechnical language, describes how it will affect all of us, and suggests how government, business, and citizens can take action against it. If people don't quite understand the seriousness of climate change, it is partly because politicians and the media have misrepresented the scientific community's strong consensus on it--politicians by selectively parsing the words of mainstream scientists, and the media by presenting balanced accounts that give the views of a small number of contrarians equal weight with empirically supported scientific findings. The science is complex, couched in the technical language of sinks, forcing, and albedo, and invokes probabilities, risks, ranges, and uncertainties. Policy discussions use such unfamiliar terms as regrets policy, clean development mechanism, and greenhouse-gas intensity. Climate Change explains the nuts and bolts of climate and the greenhouse effect and describes their interaction. It discusses the nature of consensus in science, and the consensus on climate change in particular. It describes both public- and private-sector responses, considers how to improve the way scientific findings are communicated, and evaluates the real risks both to vulnerable developing countries and to particular areas of the United States. We can better tackle climate change, this book shows us, if we understand it. We can use this kwledge to guide our own behavior and pressure governments and businesses to take action.Joseph F. C. DiMento is Director of the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, and Professor of Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of The Global Environment and International Law and other books. Pamela Doughman is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Illiis at Springfield and an energy specialist at the California Energy Commission.
- Author BiographyJoseph F. C. DiMento is Director of the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, and Professor of Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of The Global Environment and International Law and other books.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication18/09/2007
- Series TitleAmerican and Comparative Environmental Policy
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note7 figures; 2 tables; 6 box illus.
- Weight295 g
- Width136 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byJoseph F. C. DiMento,Pamela Doughman
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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