9780521831703

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521831703

  • ISBN10:

    0521831709

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-01-23
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

Why is the debate over climate change so confusing? Some say that there is clear evidence of an impending crisis, others that the evidence for climate change is weak. Some say that efforts to curb greenhouse gases will bankrupt us, others that we can solve the problem at manageable cost. In these arguments, both sides cannot be right. Reports in the media perpetuate the conflict: they invariably attempt to present both sides of the argument in a balanced manner. As a result, it is hard for non-specialists to sort out and evaluate the contending claims.

Author Biography

Andrew E. Dessler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Global climate change: a new type of environmental problem
1(17)
Background on climate and climate change
6(6)
Background on climate-change policy
12(4)
Plan of the book
16(2)
Science, politics, and science in politics
18(29)
Justifications for action: positive statements and normative statements
19(4)
How science works
23(11)
Politics and policy debates
34(4)
When science and politics meet
38(3)
Limiting the damage: the role of scientific assessments
41(6)
Further reading for Chapter 2
45(2)
Climate change: present scientific knowledge and uncertainties
47(43)
Is the climate changing?
47(19)
Are human activities responsible for global warming?
66(10)
What future changes can we expect? Predicting climate change over the twenty first century
76(5)
What will the impacts of climate change be?
81(6)
Conclusions
87(3)
Further reading for Chapter 3
88(2)
The climate-change policy debate: impacts and potential responses
90(38)
Impacts and adaptation
91(5)
Emissions and mitigation responses
96(21)
Putting it together: balancing benefits and costs of mitigation and adaptation
117(6)
A third class of response: geoengineering
123(1)
Conclusion: policy choices under uncertainty
124(4)
Further reading for Chapter 4
125(3)
The present impasse and steps forward
128(52)
Climate-change politics: present positions
128(3)
Climate-change politics: the arguments against action
131(4)
The present policy debate: use of scientific knowledge and uncertainty
135(19)
So what should be done? Major choices and elements of an effective response
154(21)
Conclusion
175(5)
Further reading for Chapter 5
177(3)
Appendix 180(3)
Glossary 183(3)
References 186(3)
Index 189

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