The science and politics of global climate change : a guide to the debate [E-Book] / Andrew E. Dessler, Edward A. Parson.
Dessler, Andrew Emory, (author)
Parson, Edward, (author)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006
1 online resource (ix, 190 pages)
englisch
9780521539418
9780521831703
9780511790430
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Table of Contents:
  • 1. Global climate change : a new type of environmental problem
  • 1.1. Background on climate and climate change
  • 1.2. Background on climate-change policy
  • 1.3. Plan of the book
  • 2. Science, politics, and science in politics
  • 2.1. Justifications for action : positive statements and normative statements
  • 2.2. How science works
  • 2.3. Politics and policy debates
  • 2.4. When science and politics meet
  • 2.5. Limiting the damage : the role of scientific assessments
  • Further reading for chapter 2
  • 3. Climate change : present scientific knowledge and uncertainties
  • 3.1. Is the climate changing?
  • 3.2. Are human activities responsible for global warming?
  • 3.3. What future changes can we expect? : predicting climate change over the twentyfirst century
  • 3.4. What will the impacts of climate change be?
  • 3.5. Conclusions
  • Further reading for chapter 3
  • 4. The climate-change policy debate : impacts and potential responses
  • 4.1. Impacts and adaptation
  • 4.2. Emissions and mitigation responses
  • 4.3. Putting it together : balancing benefits and costs of mitigation and adaptation
  • 4.4. A third class of response : geoengineering
  • 4.5. Conclusion : policy choices under uncertainty
  • Further reading for chapter 4
  • 5. The present impasse and steps forward
  • 5.1. Climate-change politics : present positions
  • 5.2. Climate-change politics : the arguments against action
  • 5.3. The present policy debate : use of scientific knowledge and uncertainty
  • 5.4. So what should be done? : major choices and elements of an effective response
  • 5.5. Conclusion
  • Further reading for chapter 5
  • Appendix
  • Glossary.