It is now accepted that the world’s climate has warmed by about 0.5Â°C over the past one hundred years and will continue to warm by as much as 6Â°C by the end of the current century. What, however, do such fundamental changes actually mean for life and the economy at the local and regional scales for the industrialized nations? This extensive study represents a state-of-the-art regional assessment of the impacts of climate change in an industrialized European nation. Providing a comprehensive set of tools, techniques and strategies, it explores the potential impacts of climate change upon key landscapes, economic and social sectors.
’Much work was put into the preparation of this book, and its inclusive approach, built on increasing knowledge of interdisciplinary science, contrasts with the shallower approach of some glossier publications. It is a valuable addition to the climatologist's library, focusing as it does on the practical mesoscale effects of anthropogenic and environmental changes.’ Weather 'The presentation is clear, including the working hypotheses, making the conclusion nicely convincing…A good sociological analysis.' International Journal of Environment and Pollution
Contents: What is the purpose of the study?; What is the climate change?, Jim Kersey; Characterization of the East Midlands, Jim Kersey; Regional climate change scenarios for the East Midlands, Rob Wilby; Potential impacts of climate change in the East Midlands, Simon Shackley and Dorian Speakman; East Midlands’ stakeholder perceptions of climate change, Simon Shackley, Sarah Mander and Dorian Speakman; Greenhouse gas inventory, Paul Fleming, Peter Webber; Helen Chadwick and Patrick Devine-Wright; Responding to climate change and conclusions, Simon Shackley and Jim Kersey; Appendices.