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Climate Change
Science, Strategies, & Solutions

By the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Edited by Eileen Claussen
October 2001
ISBN: 90-04-12024-6


It is the greatest environmental challenge of the 21st Century. But what do we truly know about global climate change? And what can we do about it?

Most of the world's top scientists agree that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from human activities such as industrial processes, fossil fuel combustion, and land-use changes are causing the earth to get warmer. Impacts of this warming may include damage to our coastal areas, accelerated rates of species loss, altered agricultural patterns, and increased incidences of infectious diseases. The effects of climate change --- and efforts to mitigate climate change --- could also have substantial economic ramifications.

The book presents the latest research and analysis from prominent scientists, economists, academics, and policy-makers, including:

Tom Wigley and Joel Smith, who, along with other authors of the Science and Impacts chapter, explain the basic science of climate change, the growing evidence that human activities are changing our climate, and the impacts of these changes;

Eileen Claussen, John Gummer, Henry Lee, and other authors of the Global Strategies chapter, who describe what nations are or are not doing to address climate change, and the state of international climate talks;

Robert Stavins, John Weyant, Ev Ehrlich, and other economists, who explain why economic analyses of climate policy are conducted, why the projected costs of addressing climate change vary so widely among economic models, and how changes driven by today's economy can influence climate policy;

Gov. Jean Shaheen and other authors of the Innovative Solutions chapter, who describe what state and local governments in the United States and multinational companies are doing to monitor and curb greenhouse gas emissions; and

Forest Reinhardt, who offers business leaders advice on steering their companies on a path that is healthy for business as well as the global climate.

Climate Change: Science, Strategies, and Solutions is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the state of our global environment.


Understanding the science and impacts of changes in global and regional climate
The science of climate change
Impacts on the U.S. agricultural sector
Sea-level rise and its effects on coastal resources
Potential impacts on U.S. water resources
Action around the World
European Union: A review of five national programs
Origins of U.S. climate policy: Factors and constraints
Climate change mitigation in Japan
Electric power futures in five developing countries
Economic analysis of global climate change policy: A primer
Economic models: How they work and why their results differ
Technological change and its effects on mitigation costs

The new economy: Implications for climate change policy
International emissions trading
A business manager's approach to climate change
Innovative state programs: New Jersey and Oregon take the lead
Solutions at the local level: Austin, Texas, as a case study
Intel Corporation: Environmental leadership in industry
Taking inventory of corporate greenhouse gas emissions
Climate change legislation in the United States
Facts and Figures

Environmental Science