Confronting Climate Change

By Constance Lever-Tracy

© 2011 – Routledge

116 pages

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About the Book

What are the manifest and likely future consequences of climate change? How will the world respond to the challenges of climate change in the twenty-first century? How should people think about confronting the politics of climate change?

In this highly accessible introduction to the predicted global impacts of climate change, Constance Lever-Tracy provides an authoritative guide to one of the most controversial issues facing the future of our planet. Discussing how the social and natural sciences must work together more effectively in confronting climate change, Lever-Tracy provides a sober, critical assessment of the politics of global warming and climate change.

By combining sociology, environmental studies and politics, Confronting Climate Change will serve as an introduction that will appeal to students and general readers alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: What Do We Know? 1. Introduction to Part I 2. Knowns and Unknowns 3. Manifest Vulnerabilities 4. Future Risks 5. Confronting the Risks Part II: What Can We Do? 6. Introduction to Part II 7. Changing Our Practices 8. Changing Our Power: Natural Gas, Biofuels and Nuclear Energy 9. Changing Our Power: Water, Wind, Sun and Earth 10. Adapting to a Changing Climate Part III: Who Can Do It? 11. From the Bottom Up or the Top Down 12. Global Conflict or Co-operation? 13. Conclusion

About the Author

Constance Lever-Tracy was Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Flinders University of South Australia, now retired. Her recent work includes editing the Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society (2010), and the entry for ‘Global Warming’ in the International Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences (2008).

About the Series


Shortcuts is a major new series of concise, accessible introductions to some of the major issues of our times. The series is developed as an A to Z coverage of emergent or new social, cultural and political phenomena. Issues and topics covered range from food to fat, from climate change to suicide bombing, from love to zombies. Whilst the principal focus of Shortcuts is the relevance of current issues, topics and debates to the social sciences and humanities, the books will also appeal to a wider audience seeking guidance on how to engage with today’s leading social, political and philosophical debates. Short and concise, the books will include cutting-edge pedagogical features such as a glossary of key terms, one-page argument summaries and a webliography.

Anthony Elliott is Director of the Hawke Research Institute, where he is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia. He is also Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland. His contact information is:


Professor Anthony Elliott, FASSA

Director, Hawke Research Institute

Research Professor of Sociology

University of South Australia

GPO Box 2471

Adelaide SA 5001


Tel.: 61 8 8302 1084




UCD School of Sociology
Newman Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 8674
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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General