Global Warming

Global Warming : Greenpeace Report

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This book assesses what the real risks of global warming are, how much is known, and what can be done? The great majority of the world's climate scientists have no doubts about the reality of global warming, but governments have so far been reluctant to act. In this report commissioned by Greenpeace a group of leading scientists and energy analysts from all over the world explain the scientific data, assess its implications, and outline the sort of policies that should be implemented if we are to escape what could be the most serious threat our planet has ever faced. The Greenpeace Report has been commissioned as a shadow document to the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released at the Fourth IPCC Conference in Sundvaal, Sweden, from 27-31 August 1990. Although the IPCC scientists will reflect the dominant view that global warming is a major problem, the policy-makers are shaping up to produce a report which wholly fails to provide a prescription of the necessary urgency. The Greenpeace Report is therefore designed to redress this balance by advocating policies consonant with the scientists' warnings. It offers a vision of the environmental imperatives for escaping the greenhouse threat, and a case for their practicability.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 565 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 38mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations, index
  • 0192861190
  • 9780192861191

Table of contents

Part 1 Science: the science behind the Greenhouse effect, Steven Schneider; biogeochemical feedbacks in global warming, David Schimmel; modelling stabilization of the Greenhouse gas content of the atmosphere, Mick Kelly. Part 2 Impacts: the impacts of global warming, George Woodwell; lessons from the climates of the past, Brian Huntley; the health impacts of global warming, Andrew Haines. Part 3 Policy responses: policy responses to global warming, Jose Goldemberg; energy efficiency in combatting global warming, Amory Lovins; renewable energy production in combatting global warming, Carlo LaPorta; transport policy in combatting global warming, Michael Walsh; nuclear power in the abatement of global warming, Bill Keepin; an integrated policy plan for a low-energy, non-nuclear future - the example of Sweden, Birgit Bodlund, et al; emissions of Greenhouse gases from agriculture and the scope for their reduction, Ann Ehrlich; deforestation and reafforestation, Norman Myers; deforestation in Brazil, Philip Fearnside; international debt - the scale of the problem, and its relevance to international policymaking in abating global warming, Susan George; less developed countries in the international policy response to global warming, Kiliparti Ramakrishna.show more

About Jeremy K. Leggett

About the Editor Dr. Jeremy Leggett is Director of Science at Greenpeace, United Kingdom. His numerous articles on environmental issues and science policy have appeared in a broad range of publications, including New Scientist, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Observer.show more

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