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State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/1/12
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The evidence continues to mount: melting ice caps, rising temperatures, increasingly frequent natural disasters. As the devastating effects of global warming come into sharper focus, societies must work to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to ongoing and inevitable climate change. The actions taken in the coming century will be critically important in determining whether or not we can salvage our environment. We cannot shrink from the overwhelming magnitude of climate change or the radical solutions it demands. The Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2009 investigates a wide range of potential paths to change, including new technology, policy changes, consumption, and finance, with the ultimate goal of mobilizing humanity around climate change and revealing global warming as one of the truly great challenges of our time.
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Chp 1: The Perfect Storm. The big picture view of climate policy history and policy considerations.
Chp 2: A Safe Landing for the Climate. How to avoid climate tipping points. A little fuzzy on the science here, but basically sound. (They think cooling won't help once a tipping point is passed. It would. But a tipping point is when the warming is self-sustaining and cooling becomes impossible.)
Chp 3: Farming and Land Use to Cool the Planet . Fairly detailed agricultural ideas.
Chp 4: An Enduring Energy Future. Good overview of renewables. Also a bit about carbon pricing.
Chp 5: Building Resilience. How to reduce the vulnerability of individuals, communities, and countries to the threats of climate change.
Chp 6: Sealing the Deal to Save the Climate. "Humanity needs to cap and then start shrinking global emissions." Describes a complex and rather vague system for Greenhouse Development Rights.
Read key facts at node/5988 of the WorldWatch website, or essays from the book at node/5983.
Like most global warming books, this one is weakest on what to do about it. General principles don't get the job done. Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Substantially Revised) is by a splinter group that is a bit smarter on policy, but it still does not say much. The one recent and accessible book dedicated to explaining real-world policy is Carbonomics: How to Fix the Climate and Charge It to OPEC. It advocates James Hansen's 100%-refunded carbon tax, but it also covers cap-and-trade, Kyoto II, and a lot of other policies being discussed by Congress and the World.