Climate Change, Climate Science and Economics

Prospects for an Alternative Energy Future

Authors: van Kooten, G. Cornelis

  • Offers a critical examination of the science behind climate change policy
  • Presents a comprehensive understanding of the world's energy-environmental dilemma
  • Identifies policies that are effective in adapting to and managing climate change
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This volume enables readers to understand the complexity associated with climate change policy and the science behind it. For example, the author describes the criticism and defense of the widely known “hockey stick” temperature graph derived from combining instrumental data and proxy temperature indications using tree ring, ice core and other paleoclimatic data.

Readers will also learn that global warming cannot easily be avoided by reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions in rich countries. Not only is emissions reduction extremely difficult in rich countries, but demands such as the UN mandate to improve the lives of the poorest global citizens cannot be satisfied without significantly increasing global energy use, and CO2 emissions. Therefore, the author asserts that climate engineering and adaptation are preferable to mitigation, particularly since the science is less than adequate for making firm statements about the Earth’s future climate.

Readers will also learn that global warming cannot easily be avoided by reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions in rich countries. Not only is emissions reduction extremely difficult in rich countries, but demands such as the UN mandate to improve the lives of the poorest global citizens cannot be satisfied without significantly increasing global energy use, and CO2 emissions. Therefore, the author asserts that climate engineering and adaptation are preferable to mitigation, particularly since the science is less than adequate for making firm statements about the Earth’s future climate.

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“The book begins with mathematical modeling of both environmental and economic factors associated with global climate change. The well-produced volume is packed with documentation, tables, figures, equations, and commentary. … The author offers clear, incisive assessments of models and policy responses to climate change. … provides a wealth of factual data, economic relationships, and provocative ideas. It is the best available devil’s advocate resource for advanced students, experts, and practitioners in the area of climate science and policy. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above.” (F. T. Manheim, Choice, Vol. 50 (7), March, 2013)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kooten, G. Cornelis

    Pages 1-13

  • Weather and the Instrumental Record

    Kooten, G. Cornelis

    Pages 15-57

  • Climate Science and Paleoclimatology

    Kooten, G. Cornelis

    Pages 59-100

  • Emission Scenarios and Climate Modeling

    Kooten, G. Cornelis

    Pages 101-146

  • Alternative Explanations

    Kooten, G. Cornelis

    Pages 147-178

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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8116-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Climate Change, Climate Science and Economics
Book Subtitle
Prospects for an Alternative Energy Future
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4988-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4988-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4987-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8116-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 468
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