The Climate Solutions Consensus
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48 photos and illustrations
7 x 10
48 photos and illustrations
In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (with former Vice President Al Gore) for its reporting on the human causes of climate change. In 2008, the National Council for Science and the Environment reported that the acceleration of climate change is already faster than the IPCC projected only a year earlier. How we deal with the rapid environmental changes, and the human forces that are driving these changes, will be among the defining issues of our generation.
Climate Solutions Consensus presents an agenda for America. It is the first major consensus statement by the nation’s leading scientists, and it provides specific recommendations for federal policies, for state and local governments, for businesses, and for colleges and universities that are preparing future generations who will be dealing with a radically changed climate. The book draws upon the recommendations developed by more than 1200 scientists, educators and decision makers who participated in the National Council for Science and the Environment’s 8th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment.
After presenting a lucid narrative of the science behind climate change and its solutions, Climate Solutions Consensus presents 35 practical, results-oriented approaches for minimizing climate change and its impacts. It clearly spells out options for technological, societal, and policy actions. And it deals head-on with controversial topics, including nuclear energy, ocean fertilization and atmospheric geo-engineering.
One of the book’s key conclusions is that climate solutions are about much more than energy sources. They involve re-examining everything people do with an eye toward minimizing climate impacts. This includes our eating habits, consumption patterns, transportation, building and housing, forestry, land use, education, and more. According to these scientists, the time to act is now. With clarity and urgency, they tell us exactly what needs to be done to start reversing the driving factors behind climate change, minimizing their consequences, and adapting to what is beyond our power to stop.
"Explains the urgency of climate change and what must be done to avert the worst better than anytrhing else I've read... essential reading not just by public officials, but by the widest public possible"
David Orr, author of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse
"Climate change is a serious symptom of a de facto systems design failure that we must address in a systememic, collaborative fashion. In The Climate Solutions Consensus, David Blockstein and Leo Wiegman succinctly outline the scientific consensus on gloabal climate disruption, why it matters to all societal stakeholders, and immediate actions we can take to address this defining issue of our time."
Anthony E. Cortese, President, Second Nature
"The Climate Solutions Consensus will be of value to all—for the public it offers a pathway towards improved quality of life; for policy makers it provides technically feasible and economically beneficial solutions; for educators it synthesizes both the information and motivation needed for social change; and for researchers it frames disciplinary knowledge in the interdisciplinary context of long-term prosperity and security."
Stephanie Pfirman, President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors
Tables and Text Boxes
Thirty-nine Reasons Why We Have to Act Now
Introduction: This Is Not Global Warming!
PART I. Background
Chapter 1. The Dance of the Mice and Elephants
Chapter 2. Three Questions Every Citizen Should Ask
Chapter 3. Human Carbon as the Smoking Gun
Chapter 4. Rising Carbon, Rising Oceans
PART II. From Science to Policy
Chapter 5. The Five Horsemen of Extinction
Chapter 6. The Cheapest Carbon
Chapter 7. No Silver Bullet, but Many Silver Wedges
Chapter 8. Energy and Material Life Cycles
Chapter 9. The Efficiency and Intensity of Energy Use
PART III. Engaging Key Stakeholders
Chapter 10. Carbon Meets Wall Street
Chapter 11. Public Support for Action
Chaptre 12. Think Globally, Incubate Locally
Chapter 13. Where the Scientist, Policymaker, and Public Meet
Chapter 14. Scaling Up Amidst the Curse of Knowledge
Chapter 15. All of the Above! Solutions in Perspective
PART IV. Thirty-five Tasks for Immediate action
-Action Items 1?20: Strategies for Stabilization, Mitigation, and Adaptation
-Action Items 21?28: Guiding and Fostering Multidisciplinary Research
-Action Items 29?35: Expanding Understanding?Information, Education, and Communication
Appendix 1: Climate Change Time Line