9780511133473

Science and Politics of Global Climate Change : A Guide to the Debate

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  • ISBN13:

    9780511133473

  • ISBN10:

    0511133472

  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2005-12-29
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

In this accessible primer, Dessler and Parson combine their expertise in atmospheric science and public policy to help scientists, policy makers, and the public sort through the conflicting claims in the climate-change debate. The authors explain how scientific and policy debates work, summarize present scientific knowledge and uncertainty about climate change, and discuss the available policy options. Along the way, they explain WHY the debate is so confusing. Anyone with an interest in how science is used in policy debates will find this discussion illuminating. The book requires no specialized knowledge, but is accessible to any college-educated general reader who wants to make more sense of the climate change debate. It can also be used as a textbook to explain the details of the climate-change debate, or as a resource for science students or working scientists, to explain how science is used in policy debates.

Table of Contents

Global climate change: a new type of environmental problem
Science, politics, and science in politics
Climate change: present scientific knowledge and uncertainties
The climate change policy debate: impacts and potential responses
The present impasse and steps forward
Glossary
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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