Exclusively published by Lewis, and authored by world class scientists, this is one of the most current works published on energy and climate change. It is the best written synopsis of the chemical, climatic, and environmental effects of continuing emissions of carbon dioxide and other radiatively and chemically active trace gases.
This timely work includes energy scenarios, cost and risk analyses, energy emissions, atmospheric chemistry, climate effects, as well as what is accepted as the best possible technical evaluation available, even while recognizing complex social aspects. All scientists and regulators will want Energy and Climate Change.
Table of Contents
SUMMARY. The Changing Atmospheric Composition. The Greenhouse Effect. The Climatic Response. Environmental Response to Climate Change. Technological Options for Responding. Overview of Report. EMISSIONS. Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Historical Emissions of Greenhouse Gases. Forecasts of Future Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Research Needs. THE CHANGING COMPOSITION, CHEMISTRY, AND RADIACTIVE FORCING OF THE GLOBAL ATMOSPHERE. The Changing Atmospheric Composition. Carbon Dioxide: Observations and Trends. Other Atmospheric Constituents. Projections of Future Concentrations. The Direct Radiactive Influence. Chemical Interactions and Ozone. Research Needs. CLIMATIC CONSEQUENCES OF COMPOSITION CHANGES. Climate and Past Climate Change. Methods for Projecting Future Climate. Model Representation of the Present Climate. Sensitivity of Climate to Changes in Atmospheric Composition. Projections of Time-Dependent Climate Change. Consistency of Climatic Trends and Projections. Research Needs. CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT. Energy Strategy and the Human Environment. Approaches to Examining Consequences. Findings from Sectoral Studies. Findings from Regional Studies. Findings from Analog Studies. Uncertainties and Information Needs. Research Needs. OPTIONS FOR TECHNOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Fix-Options for Reducing Emissions form Fossil-Fuel Systems. Change-Option with Nonfossil Sources of Energy. Options for Tinkering with the Climate System. Options for Coping with Climate Change. Discussion. CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NATIONAL ENERGY STRATEGY. Potential Changes in Atmospheric Composition and Climate. Potential Environmental Impacts. Potential Societal and Technological Developments. Recommendations for Improving Understanding. References. Appendix 1: Author Affiliation.
"Energy and Climate Change is an exemplary work."
- Carl Sagan
""Refreshing...deserves wide readership among its intended audience in Washington...will benefit scientists outside of or new to the field, students, and interested nonscientists...[would] serve well as the unifying text for a seminar course on the scientific issues surrounding climate change."
- Daniel S. Wilks, 1991, Bulletin American Meteorological Society