Climate Change: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • David L. Downie
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  • ISBN-10: 159884153X
  • ISBN-13: 9781598841534
  • DDC: 363.738
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 337 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Global climate change is on the public mind now more than ever, even though the first paper on the effects of carbon dioxide was published over 100 years ago, in 1896. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently stated that climate warming is unequivocal and can be attributed to human activities, yet many politicians and citizens do not agree. What has been, and should be, done to address global climate issues?

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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Selected Titles in ABC-CLIO's Contemporary World Issues.
About the Book.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Tables.
List of Figures.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: Svante Arrhenius (1859–1927).
7: Bert R. Bolin (1925–2007).
8: Wallace S. Broecker (b. 1931).
9: Guy Stewart Callendar (1898–1964).
10: Mark A. Cane (b. 1944).
11: Eileen Claussen (b. 1945).
12: William Maurice “Doc” Ewing (1906–1974).
13: Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768–1830).
14: Albert Gore Jr. (b. 1948).
15: James Hansen (b. 1941).
16: John Houghton (b. 1931).
17: Charles David Keeling (1928–2005).
18: Richard S. Lindzen (b. 1940).
19: Bjørn Lomborg (b. 1965).
20: Michael Mann (b. 1965).
21: Angela Merkel (b. 1954).
22: Mario Molina (b. 1943).
23: William Nordhaus (b. 1941).
24: Rajendra K. Pachauri (b. 1940).
25: Norman Phillips (b. 1923).
26: Roger R. Revelle (1909–1991).
27: F. Sherwood Rowland (b. 1927).
28: Stephen Schneider (b. 1945).
29: Susan Solomon (b. 1956).
30: Nicholas Stern (b. 1946).
31: Hans E. Suess (1909–1993).
32: John Tyndall (1820–1893).
33: Stephen Zebiak (b. 1956).
34: References.
35: Data and Documents.
36: Documents.
37: Excerpts from the Declaration of the United Nations (UN) Conference on the Human Environment (1972).
38: Excerpts from the Final Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (1983).
39: Excerpts from the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992).
40: Excerpts from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
41: Excerpts from the Kyoto Protocol.
42: Excerpts from IPCC Reports.
43: Byrd-Hagel Resolution (1997).
44: Joint Statement of the National Science Academies of the G8 (G8 2005).
45: Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action.
46: References.
47: Directory of Organizations.
48: Treaty Secretariats.
49: Intergovernmental Organizations.
50: National Government Agencies.
51: Research Institutions.
52: Environmental Nongovernmental Organizations.
53: Business-Oriented International Nongovernmental Organizations.
54: Resources.
About the Authors.