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- The atlas of climate change : mapping the world's greatest challenge, Kirstin Dow and Thomas E. Downing
- Title remainder
- mapping the world's greatest challenge
- Statement of responsibility
- Kirstin Dow and Thomas E. Downing
- Simultaneously published: London : Earthscan
- Bibliography note
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 116-124) and index
- Voices & visions of our future / Wangari Maathai, Philippe Cousteau -- Signs of change : 1. Warning signs / The array of extreme events in 2010 stand out among thousands of signs of climate change -- 2. Polar changes / Warming in the polar regions is driving large-scale melting of ice that will have both local and global consequences -- 3. Shrinking glaciers / Glaciers are losing mass and are in retreat -- 4. Ocean changes / Oceans are getting warmer and more acidic, affecting marine life -- 5. Everyday extremes / The frequency of some extreme events is increasing -- The changing climate: 6. The greenhouse effect / The intensification of the greenhouse effect is driving changes in the Earth's climate -- 7. The climate system / The entire climate system is adjusting to an increase in the heat trapped in the Earth's atmosphere -- 8. Interpreting past climates / Concentrations of COâ and CHâ are higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years -- 9. Forecasting future climates / Global temperatures are predicted to continue rising -- 10. Climate & social crises / Climate change results from complex interactions in the natural environment, coupled with social and economic changes -- Driving climate change: 11. Emissions past & present / Most greenhouse gases have been, and are, emitted to meet the needs of modern industrial societies -- 12. Fossil fuels / The emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels is the major cause of climate change -- 13. Methane & other gases / A range of greenhouse gases contribute to climate change -- 14.Transport / International trade and travel, and dependence on motor vehicles make transport a major source of greenhouse gas emissions -- 15. Agriculture / Agriculture is a major source of emissions, and vital for economic welfare in many countries -- 16. The carbon balance / Changes in stored carbon are contributing to climate change -- Expected consequences: 17. Disrupted ecosystems / Many species and ecosystems may not be able to adapt to new climatic conditions and stresses -- 18. Water security / Water scarcity has already become a major stress in some regions. Climate change may raise the stress level -- 19. Food Security / Climate change threatens future agricultural development in some regions, and is benefiting others -- 20. Threats to health / The recent increase in the number of victims, and the economic costs of weather-related health effects may be a sign of the future -- 21. Rising sea levels / Thermal expansion of oceans and melting ice will lead to a substantial rise in sea level, threatening many coastal communities -- 22. Cities at risk / The combined impact of changes in the climate is falling particularly hard on rapidly growing cities -- 23. Cultural losses / Climate change is threatening sites that represent the world's cultural and historical heritage -- Responding to change: 24. Urgent action to adapt / As climate change becomes more marked, the need for adaptation will be ever greater, and more difficult -- 25. Building capacity to adapt / There is a need to develop effective strategies and actions, and to support efforts being made at all levels -- 26. City responses / Cities around the world are taking action to reduce their emissions -- 27. Renewable energy / Renewable energy sources could be the key to economically and socially sustainable societies -- 28. Low carbon futures / Economic growth needs to be achieved with lower greenhouse gas emissions, especially in developing countries -- 29. Counting carbon / Accurate accounting of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions is essential -- International policy & action: 30. International action / Most countries have acknowledged the problem of climate change by signing the Convention on Climate Change -- 31.Meeting Kyoto Targets / Not quite half of Annex I countries are close to meeting their Kyoto commitments, and the agreed targets fall short of what is needed -- 32. Looking beyond Kyoto / Negotiations are continuing in the search for a suitable international response in a post-Kyoto world -- 33. Trading carbon credits / Trading carbon credits encourages investment and shares the burden of reducing emissions -- 34. Financing the response / Finance for responding to climate change has improved dramatically but is still far from what is required -- Committing to solutions: 35. Personal action / People all over the world are taking measures to reduce the greenhouse gases emitted as a result of the way they live -- 36. Public action / The policies, practices, and investments of governments, businesses, and civic organizations will have the greatest impact on our future
- Control code
- 25 cm.
- 3rd ed.
- 128 p.
- Other physical details
- ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps
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