The Atlas of Climate Change

The Atlas of Climate Change

Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge

Paperback - 2006
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Today's headlines and recent events reflect the gravity of climate change. Heat waves, droughts, and floods are bringing death to vulnerable populations, destroying livelihoods, and driving people from their homes.

Rigorous in its science and insightful in its message, this atlas examines the causes of climate change and considers its possible impact on subsistence, water resources, ecosystems, biodiversity, health, coastal megacities, and cultural treasures. It reviews historical contributions to greenhouse gas levels, progress in meeting international commitments, and local efforts to meet the challenge of climate change.

The atlas covers a wide range of topics, including

* warning signs

* future scenarios

* vulnerable populations

* health

* renewable energy

* emissions reduction

* personal and public action

With more than 50 full-color maps and graphics, this is an essential resource for policy makers, environmentalists, students, and everyone concerned with this pressing subject.



Copub: Myriad Editions Limited
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9780520250239
0520250230
Branch Call Number: 551.6
Characteristics: 112 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Downing, Thomas E.

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Robertshallcross
Jun 16, 2015

Next time you're asked, "How much global warming is due to humans?", you can honestly say, "about 220%". That's right - 220%!

How so? Because on a 100 year time scale, the only major warmers are greenhouse gases, the main driving gas being CO2 (H2O is also major, but, being entirely passive, is not a driver).

Meanwhile, each year Earth manages to absorb 55% of the man-made CO2. So, the 45% that remains airborne is what's been raising atmospheric CO2 (by 2.1 parts per million by volume each year, or 43% since 1850). So, the man-made contribution to the main global warming driver is 220% or more than twice as much as what stays in our air.

This means that humans are entirely responsible for ALL the global warming in the modern era. and then some.

Remember this when some skeptic questions man's contribution to global warming.

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