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Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change

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Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change. Summary from a British High Commission News Release

Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change
Summary from a British High Commission News Release
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has recently published a new book titled Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change. The book consolidates the scientific findings of the so called Exeter conference and gives an account of the most recent developments on critical thresholds and key vulnerabilities of the climate system, impacts on human and natural systems, emission pathways and technological options of meeting different stabilisation levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The book focuses on three crucial questions:
For different levels of climate change what are the key impacts, for different regions and sectors, and for the world as a whole?
What would such levels of climate change imply in terms of greenhouse gas stabilisation concentrations and emission pathways required to achieve such levels?
What technological options are there for achieving stabilisation of greenhouse gases at different stabilisation concentrations in the atmosphere, taking into account costs and uncertainties?
Full text of the book in PDF format available at:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/internat/pdf/avoid-dangercc.pdf
Executive summary available at:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/internat/pdf/avoid-dangercc-execsumm.pdf
The book can also be ordered on line from the Cambridge University Press website at:
http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521864712

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