Most of us are familiar with the term climate change but few of us understand the science behind it. We don’t fully comprehend how climate change will affect us, and for that reason we might not consider it as pressing a concern as, say, housing prices or unemployment. This book explains the scientific knowledge about global climate change clearly and concisely in engaging, nontechnical language, describes how it will affect all of us, and suggests how government, business, and citizens can take action against it.
This completely revised and updated edition incorporates the latest scientific research and policy initiatives on climate change. It describes recent major legislative actions, analyzes alternative regulatory tools including new uses of taxes and markets, offers increased coverage of China and other developing nations, discusses the role of social media in communicating about climate change, and provides updated assessments of the effects of climate change.
The book first explains the basic scientific facts about climate change and its global impact. It discusses the nature of scientific consensus and the strong consensus of mainstream science on climate change. It then explores policy responses and corporate actions in the United States and the rest of the world, discusses how the communication of climate change information by journalists and others can be improved, and addresses issues of environmental justice—how climate change affects the most vulnerable populations and regions. We can better tackle climate change, this book shows us, if we understand it.
About the Editors
Joseph F. C. DiMento is Professor in the School of Law and former Director of the Newkirk Center for Science and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He is coeditor of Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren (MIT Press).
Pamela Doughman is an Energy Specialist with the California Energy Commission.
“Humans have never faced an issue as overwhelming as climate change. Sometimes its sheer size seems overwhelming. That's why it's good to have a volume that cuts it down to understandable size—helps us understand what we can (and at this point can't) do to affect the future. ”
—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
“The thoroughly updated second edition of this edited volume offers readers a valuable and lucid introduction to human-induced climate change and the plethora of policy responses that have emerged over the past decades. The distinguished chapter authors bring their wide-ranging experiences and considerable expertise to the analysis of critical and multifaceted issues surrounding the science and politics of climate change.”
—Henrik Selin, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University