Climate Change: Biological and Human Aspects

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 5, 2007 - Science
In recent years climate change has become recognised as the foremost environmental problem of the twenty-first century. Not only will climate change potentially affect the multibillion dollar energy strategies of countries worldwide, but it also could seriously affect many species, including our own. A fascinating introduction to the subject, this textbook provides a broad review of past, present and likely future climate change from the viewpoints of biology, ecology and human ecology. It will be of interest to a wide range of people, from students in the life sciences who need a brief overview of the basics of climate science, to atmospheric science, geography, and environmental science students who need to understand the biological and human ecological implications of climate change. It will also be a valuable reference for those involved in environmental monitoring, conservation, policy-making and policy lobbying.

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Principal indicators of past climates
Past climate change
climate and biology
Present climate and biological change
Current warming and likely future impacts
The human ecology of climate change
Sustainability and policy
Appendix 1 Glossary and abbreviations
Appendix 2 Biogeological chronology
Appendix 3 Calculations of energy demandsupply and orders of magnitude
Appendix 4 The IPCC 2007 report

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Page 6 - Emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols due to human activities continue to alter the atmosphere in ways that are expected to affect the climate.

About the author (2007)

Jonathan Cowie has spent many years conveying the views of biological science learned societies to policy-makers. His earlier postgraduate studies related to energy and the environment, and he is a former Head of Science Policy and Books at the Institute of Biology (UK). He is author of Climate and Human Change: Disaster or Opportunity (Taylor & Francis, 1998).

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