Population and Climate Change by Brian C. O'Neill

By Brian C. O'Neill

Inhabitants and weather swap presents the 1st systematic in-depth remedy of hyperlinks among significant topics of the twenty first century: inhabitants development (and linked demographic developments comparable to getting older) and weather swap. it truly is written by means of a multidisciplinary workforce of authors from the foreign Institute for utilized platforms research who combine either ordinary technological know-how and social technological know-how views in a fashion that's understandable to contributors of either groups. The booklet might be of fundamental curiosity to researchers within the fields of weather swap, demography, and economics. it's going to even be beneficial to policy-makers and NGOs facing problems with inhabitants dynamics and weather swap, and to lecturers and scholars in classes resembling environmental stories, demography, climatology, economics, earth platforms technology, and diplomacy.

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A range of adaptive avenues is available, including increasing efficiency of water systems (particularly with regard to agricultural water use), expanding system capacity, changing pricing practices, developing institutions for managing water, and improving urban planning. 3 Sea level rise and coastal systems Sea level rise is expected to threaten coastal systems at the same time that population in these areas is growing faster than average national rates. The most dramatic Climate Change 27 effect of sea level rise is inundation, that is, the loss of land area to the sea.

How much and how fast climate will change remains uncertain; 36 Population and Climate Change likewise, regional details cannot be projected with confidence. Nonetheless, modeling studies and analogies with past climate provide a picture of potentially severe consequences: rising sea levels, more frequent and intense heat waves, changes in patterns of precipitation, droughts and floods, possible changes in storm frequency and intensity, and a small but real possibility of surprise events verging on the catastrophic.

Achieving the goal of stabilizing GHG concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous interference with the climate system will first require determining what amount of climate change would constitute dangerous interference, a task complicated by uncertainty in both the climate response to GHG forcing and the capacity of social, economic, and ecologic systems to adapt. It will also require a subjective evaluation of the kinds of changes that may or may not be tolerable. 6. (a) Pathways for stabilizing atmospheric CO2 concentrations at various levels.

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