The Impacts of Climate Change: A Comprehensive Study of Physical, Biophysical, Social and Political Issues presents the very real issues associated with climate change and global warming and how it affects the planet and everyone on it. From a physical perspective, the book covers such topics as population pressures, food issues, rising sea-levels and coastline degradation, and health. It then goes on to present social impacts, such as humanitarian issues, ethics, adaptation, urban issues, local action, and socio-economic issues. Finally, it addresses the political impacts, such as justice issues and politics of climate change in different locations.
By offering this holistic review of the latest impacts of climate change, the book helps researchers to better understand what needs to be done in order to move toward renewable energy, change societal habits, and move toward sustainable development.
- Offers comprehensive coverage of the impacts of climate change from multiple perspectives (physical, social, and political) to develop synergy across disciplines
- Presents the latest research and developments on the understanding of climate change impacts on a variety of scales and disciplines
- Includes case studies and extensive references for further exploration
B. PHYSICAL and BIOPHYSICAL IMPACTS 2. The melting of Glaciers and Climate Change 3. Climate Change and Biodiversity 4. Effect of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystems 5. Natural Disasters Caused by Climate Change 6. Climate Change and Microorganisms 7. Effect of Climate Change on Food Production (Fishing) 8. Effect of Climate Change on Food Production (Animal Products)
C. SOCIAL IMPACTS 9. Social Issues Related to Climate Change and Food Production (Crops) 10. Climate Change and World Population 11. The Social Impacts of Rising Sea Levels on Populations Living in Low Lying Areas 12. Economics, Ecology and Climate Change 13. Societal Adaption to Climate Change 14. Social Attitudes
Methodologies to Help Shape Attitudes to Climate Change 15. Risk and Climate Change 16. Effect of Climate Change on The Insurance Sector 17. Game Theory and Climate Change 18. Urban Life and Climate Change
D. POLITICAL IMPACTS 19. Security Implications of Climate Change: With a Focus on Armed Conflict 20. Climate Change Governance 21. Justice and Climate Change 22. Climate Change and The Law 23. Ethics of Measuring The Impacts of Climate Change (The Morally Relevant Assumptions That Go Into Standard Discounted Utilitarian Cost-benefit Analyses) 24. Climate Refugees
Trevor M. Letcher is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past Director of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and his research involves the thermodynamics of liquid mixtures and energy from landfill. He was awarded the South African Chemical Institute's Gold medal in 1999 and in 2000 he was awarded the South African Gold medal by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 250 papers in peer review journals and has edited, co-edited and written eleven books in his research and related fields. His latest books include Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Materials for a Sustainable Future (2012), Waste (2011), Heat Capacities (2010), Climate Change (2009) and Future Energy (2008).