Global warming : the complete briefing / John T. Houghton.

Author
Houghton, J. T. (John Theodore), 1931- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Εdition
3rd ed.
Published/​Created
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University, 2004.
Description
xxx, 351 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.

Details

Subject(s)
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • 1. Global warming and climate change -- Is the climate changing? -- The remarkable last decades of the twentieth century -- El Niño events -- The effect of volcanic eruptions on temperature extremes -- Vulnerable to change -- The problem of global warming -- Adaptation and mitigation -- Uncertainty and response -- Questions -- Notes -- 2. The greenhouse effect -- How the earth keeps warm -- The greenhouse effect -- Mars and Venus -- The 'runaway' greenhouse effect -- The enhanced greenhouse effect -- Questions -- Notes -- 3. The greenhouse gases -- Which are the most important greenhouse gases? -- Radiative forcing -- Carbon dioxide and the carbon cycle -- Future emissions of carbon dioxide -- Other greenhouse gases -- Gases with an indirect greenhouse effect -- Particles in the atmosphere -- Estimates of radiative forcing -- Questions -- Notes -- 4. Climates of the past -- The last hundred years -- The last thousand years -- The past million years -- How stable has past climate been? -- Questions -- Notes -- 5. Modelling the climate -- Modelling the weather -- Seasonal forecasting -- The climate system -- Feedbacks in the climate system -- Models for climate prediction -- Validation of the model -- Comparison with observations -- Is the climate chaotic? -- Regional climate modelling -- The future of climate modelling -- Questions -- Notes -- 6. Climate change for the twenty-first century and beyond -- Emission scenarios -- Model projections -- Projections of global average temperature -- Regional patterns of climate change -- Changes in climate extremes -- Regional climate models -- Longer-term climate change -- Changes in the ocean thermohaline circulation -- Other factors that might influence climate change -- Questions -- Notes -- 7. The impacts of climate change -- A complex network of changes -- How much will sea level rise? -- The impacts of sea level rise -- Increasing human use of fresh water resources -- The impact of climate change on fresh water resources -- Impact on agriculture and food supply -- The impact on ecosystems -- The impact on human health -- Adaptation to climate change -- Costing the impacts : extreme events -- Costing the total impacts --The overall impact of global warming -- Questions -- Notes --
  • 8. Why should we be concerned? -- Earth in the balance -- Exploitation -- 'Back to nature' -- The technical fix -- Future generations -- The unity of the earth -- Environmental values -- Stewards of the earth -- The will to act -- Questions -- Notes -- 9. Weighing the uncertainty -- The scientific uncertainty -- The IPCC assessments -- Narrowing the uncertainty -- Sustainable development -- Why not wait and see? -- The precautionary principle -- Principles for international action -- Some global economics -- Questions -- Notes -- 10. A strategy for action to slow and stabilise climate change -- The climate convention -- Stabilisation of emissions -- The Montreal protocol -- The Kyoto protocol -- Forests -- Reduction in the sources of methane -- Stabilisation of carbon dioxide concentrations -- The choice of stabilisation level -- Realising the climate convention objective -- Summary of the action required -- Questions -- Notes -- 11. Energy and transport for the future -- World energy demand and supply -- Future energy projections -- Energy conservation and efficiency in buildings -- Energy savings in transport -- Energy savings in industry -- Capture and storage of carbon dioxide -- Renewable energy -- Hydro-power -- Biomass as fuel -- Wind energy -- Energy from the sun -- Other renewable energies -- The support and financing of renewable energy -- Nuclear energy -- Technology for the longer term -- Summary -- Questions -- Notes -- 12. The global village -- The challenges of global warming -- Not the only global problem -- The conception and conduct of environmental research -- The goal of environmental stewardship -- Questions -- Notes.
ISBN
  • 0521817625
  • 9780521817622
  • 0521528747 (pbk.)
  • 9780521528740 (pbk.)
LCCN
2003068735
OCLC
53940422
RCP
N - O

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