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Climate change 2001 : impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability : contribution of Working Group II to the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
McCarthy, James J.
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Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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x, 1032 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 29 cm
Overview of impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability to climate change -- Methods and tools -- Developing and applying scenarios -- Hydrology and water resources -- Ecosystems and their goods and services -- Coastal zones and marine ecosystems -- Human settlements, energy, and industry -- Insurance and other financial services -- Human health -- Africa -- Asia -- Australia and New Zealand -- Europe -- Latin America -- North America -- Polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic) -- Small island states -- Adaptation to climate change in the context on sustainable development and equity -- Vulnerability to climate change and reasons for concern : a synthesis.
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Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability is the most comprehensive and up-to-date scientific assessment of the consequences of, and adaptation responses to, climate change. The report: * Evaluates evidence that recent observed changes in climate have already affected a variety of physical and biological systems. * Studies the vulnerabilities of human populations to future climate change, including associated sea-level rise and climate extremes such as floods. * Takes into account potential impacts on water resources, agriculture and food, human health, settlements, and economic activities. * Assesses potential responses to climate change of natural environments and the wildlife that inhabit them and identifies environments at particular risk. * Considers how adaptation to climate change might lessen adverse impacts or enhance beneficial impacts. * Provides an overview of the vulnerabilities and adaptation possibilities for all major regions of the world. * Contrasts the different vulnerabilities of the developed and developing parts of the world and explores the implications for sustainable development and equity concerns. This latest IPCC assessment will again form the standard scientific reference for all concerned with environmental and social consequences of climate change, including students and researchers in environmental and social sciences, and policymakers and managers in governmental, industry and other organizations responsible for resources likely to be affected by climate change.

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Could enhanced global warming increase agricultural productivity and open new areas for farming? Might small changes in water runoff drastically disrupt major rivers and dramatically extend infectious disease vectors in Africa? With many species of plants and animals on the verge of extinction, the ecosystem of an entire continent may be at stake due to global warming. On the plus side, available evidence is offered showing possible enhanced productivity in forests and fields under optimal conditions. Precipitation variations affecting ground water recharge are creating drought and famine in dry areas, while buried hazardous waste is forced to the surface in newly wet areas. The melting of tropical glaciers in Asia, Latin America, and Africa is one of the most devastating and irreversible impacts of global warming cited in this authoritative and inclusive reference volume. This latest assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change conveniently cites and indexes the latest findings in a useful and attractive package that will stimulate research and convince skeptics. All levels. R. M. Ferguson Eastern Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Summary for Policymakersp. 1
Technical Summaryp. 19
1. Overview of Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability to Climate Changep. 75
2. Methods and Toolsp. 105
3. Developing and Applying Scenariosp. 145
4. Hydrology and Water Resourcesp. 191
5. Ecosystems and Their Goods and Servicesp. 235
6. Coastal Zones and Marine Ecosystemsp. 343
7. Human Settlements, Energy, and Industryp. 381
8. Insurance and Other Financial Servicesp. 417
9. Human Healthp. 451
10. Africap. 487
11. Asiap. 533
12. Australia and New Zealandp. 591
13. Europep. 641
14. Latin Americap. 693
15. North Americap. 735
16. Polar Regions (Arctic and Antarctic)p. 801
17. Small Island Statesp. 843
18. Adaptation to Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development and Equityp. 877
19. Vulnerability to Climate Change and Reasons for Concern: A Synthesisp. 913
A. Authors and Expert Reviewersp. 971
B. Glossary of Termsp. 981
C. Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Unitsp. 997
D. List of Major IPCC Reportsp. 1001
E. Indexp. 1005

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