Tag Archives: climate

Climate Policy and the Poor: Some Perspectives (S. Byravan)

Author

Sujatha Byravan

Keywords

Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Policy, the Poor

Abstract

Environmental Justice is the essential peer-reviewed journal that explores the equitable treatment of all people, especially minority and low-income populations, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Published bimonthly

Citation

(2014) 7(5) Environmental Justice 142-145

Paper

Climate Policy and the Poor: Some Perspectives

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The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future (A.S. Goudie)

Author

Andrew Goudie ( University of Oxford , UK )

Keywords

Human Influence, Animals, Human Impact, Vegetation, Soil, Waters, Geomorphology, Climate, Atmosphere, Future, Coastal Environments, Hydrological Impacts, The Cryosphere, Drylands.

Abstract

The new edition of this classic student text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing the world today, and is an essential introduction to the past, present and future impact of humans on Earth.

Explores the impact of humans upon vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms, and the atmosphere.
Updated extensively, with many new figures and up-to-date statistics.

Four completely new chapters explore the ways in which global climate change may have an impact on Earth in the future.
A new design makes the text even more accessible and easy to use.

Citation

Andrew S. Goudie, The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future (6th edn Blackwell, USA/UK 2006)

Book

The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future

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Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and variability in semi-arid…(A.R. Coles and C.A. Scott)

Author(s)

Ashley R. Coles ( University of Arizona , USA )

Christopher A. Scott ( University of Arizona , USA )

Keywords

Climate, Agriculture, Vulnerability, Risk, Adaptation, Information

Abstract

Agricultural and livestock producers experiencing climate change and variability are simultaneously subject to other sources of environmental vulnerability, as well as political, social, and economic uncertainty. Producers’ adaptive decision making takes into account short-term seasonal factors, while seeking to preserve livelihood stability over the long term. This study identifies multiple sources of vulnerability for farmers and ranchers in southeastern Arizona, and the adaptive strategies they have adopted including the use of information such as seasonal climate forecasts (SCFs). Interviews with producers and extension agents in Pima and CochiseCounties reveal that the principal climatic risks are drought, floods and frosts, and that groundwater use remains a crucial strategy despite increasing pumping costs. Low risk tolerance and uncertainty of seasonal production and marketing conditions diminish the utility of SCFs as a decision-making tool. Instead, farmers and ranchers continue to rely on past experience and short-range forecasts, hedging each year instead of taking significant risks. By examining the role of climate information in complex production decisions, the study shows that access to information is not the principal limitation to improving decision making. Comparison to other regions reaffirms common vulnerabilities among producers and highlights research and communication needs that have global relevance.

Citation

(2009) 33 Natural Resources Forum 297-309

Paper

Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and variability in semi-arid rural southeastern Arizona, USA

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Beyond Smoke & Mirrors: Climate Change & Energy in the 21st Century (B. Richter)

Author

Burton Richter ( Stanford University , USA )

Keywords

Climate, Greenhouse Earth, Climate modeling, Future, Energy, Physicists, Economists; Energy, Emissions, Action, Fossil fuels, Electricity, Pricing carbon, Efficiency, Nuclear energy, Renewables, Biofuels, US policy, World policy

Abstract

Global climate change is one of the most important issues humanity faces today. This book assesses the sensible, senseless and biased proposals for averting the potentially disastrous consequences of global warming, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions on switching to more sustainable energy provision. Burton Richter is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who has served on many US and international review committees on climate change and energy issues. He provides a concise overview of our knowledge and uncertainties within climate change science , discusses current energy demand and supply patterns, and the energy options available to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Written in non-technical language, this book presents a balanced view of options for moving from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels into a much more sustainable energy system, and is accessible to a wide range of readers without scientific backgrounds – students, policymakers, and the concerned citizen.

• Dispels confusion about all the potential solutions for averting climate change impacts, presenting both the limitations and the promise of our energy production options • Assesses the good and bad proposals for moving from heavy use of fossil fuels to a more sustainable energy provision in the future • Written in an accessible language by a Nobel Prize-winning scientist

Citation

Burton Richter, Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century ( CUP , USA 2010)

Book

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century

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Environmental health, climate chaos and resilience (J. Middleton)

Author

John Middleton

Keywords

Climate, environment, inclusion, local economy, sustainable communities

Abstract

The public health movement has a strong tradition of identifying health problems and tackling these through economic, social and environmental improvements and through advocacy for people’s rights and entitlements. Since 9/11, and the floods, fuel crisis and foot and mouth disease in 2000-2001, the UK government has introduced the notion of ‘resilience’ – the requirement for statutory UK bodies to develop their capacity to respond to all major emergency risks from pandemic flu to terrorism. The new threats of environmental and climate change require public health practitioners to acquire new knowledge about ecology and climate change and to become advocates for equality, new economics, and sustainable development. The best efforts to promote health are also likely to be green, promoting and protective of human and environmental health as well.

Citation

(2008) 24 Medicine, Conflict and Survival 62-79

Paper

Environmental health, climate chaos and resilience

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