Climate Change: From science to sustainability

Paperback | January 5, 2009

byStephen Peake, Joe Smith

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Climate change is one of the most complex, multilayered and interdisciplinary intellectual puzzles facing us today. The questions are numerous. What scientific processes underpin climate change? To what extent is human activity a driver of climate change? Can future changes be reliablypredicted? What are the likely consequences of climate change, and what policies are needed to mitigate these changes?Climate Change offers a unique interdisciplinary journey through this important, and equally fascinating, field. It takes the reader from keystones of the underlying science - and not just the headlines - through to the philosophical and political consequences of climate change.Taking into account latest scientific research and policy decisions, it blends earth science, biology, technology, economics, geography, politics, philosophy and ethics - together with other themes - to present a coherent, balanced overview of the field, with a particular eye towards one goal: thesustainability of our planet.The potential impact of climate change is vast; Climate Change is the ideal guide to developing the skills needed to take part in the debates that will shape our future.

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Climate change is one of the most complex, multilayered and interdisciplinary intellectual puzzles facing us today. The questions are numerous. What scientific processes underpin climate change? To what extent is human activity a driver of climate change? Can future changes be reliablypredicted? What are the likely consequences of clim...

Stephen Peake is senior lecturer in environmental technology at The Open University. Over the last 19 years, Stephen has worked on climate change in various interesting guises: as a researcher at the University of Cambridge, as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London (including a stint at the Shell Internati...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 10.35 × 8.27 × 0.79 inPublished:January 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199568324

ISBN - 13:9780199568321

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Table of Contents

1. The climate strikes back2. A citizen's guide to climate science3. Planetary engineering4. Tuning in: integrated assessments of climate futures5. Listening out: climate, politics, philosophy6. Climate change and sustainability - inseparable7. Changing the world

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"Rather than just focussing on one aspect or the 'science part', the book argues that students need to be aware of the science, politics and governance of climate change... The book challenges students to 'weave together' these strands in their minds, which makes it quite a unique volume." --Dr Sarah Coulthard, Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies.