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The Atlas of Climate Change

Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge, 3rd Edition

By Kirstin Dow, Thomas E. Downing


128 pages

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pub: 2011-10-19
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Since the first edition of this highly acclaimed Atlas was published in 2006 (it won the 'Planeta Environment Book of the Year' award) climate change has climbed even further up the global agenda.

This new edition features:

  • the outcomes of the negotiations at the UNFCC conference in Copenhagen
  • the latest developments in climate change research and data on its impacts around the world; new coverage of the role played by the world's oceans
  • estimates of the economic impact of climate change
  • updated maps and graphics.


"Climate change represents one of the greatest environmental and health challenges of our time." World Health Organization

"You could wade through dense academic detail from the IPCC. Or you could root out the Atlas of Climate Change, which condenses key findings from the scientists." The Guardian

"This is a remarkable piece of work and extremely readable." R K Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

"While as the authors state climate change touches everything and everyone, the value of The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World’s Greatest Challenge is that this premise is demonstrated visually in a concise manner expediting information transfer and learning. This makes this book an excellent communication tool intended for the media, the classroom, business professionals and policy makers." Gabriel Thoumi,

"The Atlas of Climate Change packs a lot of information into its limited page count and, unlike most other works, conveys a good deal of this cartographically. Covering the core issues, not just the indicators of climate change but its likely consequences and possible means of adaptation, this is a book that neatly summarises the position from a global perspective. All general libraries, including those serving the public and a non-specialist student clientele, should have a copy." Tony Chalcraft, Editor Reference Reviews, York, UK

Table of Contents

Part 1: Signs of Change 1.1. Warning Signs 1.2. Polar Changes 1.3. Glacial Retreat 1.4. Ocean Changes 1.5. Everyday Extremes Part 2: Forcing Change 2.1. The Greenhouse Effect 2.2. The Climate System 2.3 Interpreting Past Climates 2.4. Forecasting Future Climates 2.5. Tipping Elements Part 3: Driving Climate Change 3.1. Emissions Past and Present 3.2. Fossil Fuels 3.3. Methane and Other Gases 3.4. Transportation 3.5. Disrupting the Carbon Balance 3.6. Agriculture Part 4: Expected Consequences 4.1. Disrupted Ecosystems 4.2. Threatened Water Supplies 4.3. Food Security 4.4. Threats to Health 4.5. Rising Sea Levels 4.6. Cities at Risk 4.7. Cultural Losses Part 5: Responding to Change 5.1. Local Adaptation 5.2. City Responses 5.3. Carbon Dioxide & Economic Growth 5.4. Renewable Energy 5.5. Capacity to Adapt 5.6. Low Carbon Futures 5.7. Counting Carbon Part 6: International Policy & Action 6.1. International Action 6.2. Meeting Kyoto Targets 6.3. Beyond Kyoto and Copenhagen 6.4. Carbon Trading 6.5. Financing the Response Part 7: Committing to Solutions 7.1. Personal Action 7.2. Public Action Part 8: Climate Change Data Data tables. Sources

About the Authors

Dr Kirstin Dow (University of South Carolina) is Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, contributor to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and Principal Investigator in NOAA's Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) research network addressing climate services. Dr Thomas E. Downing (Stockholm Environment Institute) is Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and advisor to the UK Climate Impacts Programme and House of Commons International Development Committee.

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