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See below for a selection of the latest books from Climate change category. Presented with a red border are the Climate change books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Climate change books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance to Manage Disaster Risk

Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance to Manage Disaster Risk

Author: Jose Manuel (Associate Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal) Mendes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2020

Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance to Manage Disaster Risk presents the second principle from the UNISDR Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015-2030. The framework includes discussion of risk and resilience from both a theoretical and governance perspective in light of the ideas that are shaping our common future and presents innovative tools and best practices in reducing risk and building resilience. Combining the applications of social, financial, technological, design, engineering and nature-based approaches, the volume addresses rising global priorities and focuses on strengthening the global understanding of risk governance practices, initiatives and trends. Focusing on disaster risk governance at the national, regional, and global levels, it presents both historic and contemporary issues, asking researchers and governments how they can use technological advances, risk and resilience metrics and modeling, business continuity practices, and past experiences to understand the disaster recovery process and manage risk.

Has It Come to This?

Has It Come to This?

Author: J.P. Sapinski Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Coalitions in the Climate Change Negotiations

Coalitions in the Climate Change Negotiations

Author: Carola Kloeck Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/11/2020

This edited volume provides both a broad overview of cooperation patterns in the UNFCCC climate change negotiations and an in-depth analysis of specific coalitions and their relations. Over the course of three parts, this book maps out and takes stock of patterns of cooperation in the climate change negotiations since their inception in 1995. In Part One, the authors focus on the evolution of coalitions over time, examining why these emerged and how they function. Part Two drills deeper into a set of coalitions, particularly new political groups that have emerged in the last rounds of negotiations around the Copenhagen Accord and the Paris Agreement. Finally, Part Three explores common themes and open questions in coalition research, and provides a comprehensive overview of coalitions in the climate change negotiations. By taking a broad approach to the study of coalitions in the climate change negotiations, this volume is an essential reference source for researchers, students and negotiators with an interest in the dynamics of climate negotiations.

The Emerging Global Consensus on Climate Change and Human Mobility

The Emerging Global Consensus on Climate Change and Human Mobility

Author: Mostafa M Naser Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2020

This book examines whether a global consensus is emerging on climate change and human mobility and presents evidence of a slow-moving but dynamic, step-by-step process of international policy development on climate-related mobility. Naser reviews the range of solutions offered to address climate-related mobility problems, such as extending the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, adopting an additional protocol to the UNFCCC or creating a new international treaty to support those facing climate-related migration and displacement problems. He examines the accumulating stock of international policies and initiatives relevant to climate-related mobility using a framework of six policy areas: human rights; refugees; climate change; disaster risk reduction; migration; and sustainable development. He uses this framework to define and summarise the main UN actions and milestones on climate-related mobility. Despite the difficult context affecting the global community of worsening climate change impacts and human rights under threat, Naser asserts that the foundations of global consensus on climate-related mobility have been built, particularly in the last decade. This book will be of great relevance to students, scholars and policymakers with an interest in the increasing interface between climate change and human mobility policy issues.

Case Studies in Suburban Sustainability

Case Studies in Suburban Sustainability

Author: Sandra J. Garren Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

The first volume to focus on suburbs and sustainability in the United States, this collection approaches the topic through regionally diverse case studies, showing that activism and leadership are currently advancing a strong sustainability agenda in regions many would have believed unlikely.

Climate Change: An Archaeological Study

Climate Change: An Archaeological Study

Author: John D Grainger Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Global warming is among the most urgent problems facing the world today. Yet many commentators, and even some scientists, discuss it with reference only to the changing climate of the last century or so. John Grainger takes a longer view and draws on the archaeological evidence to show how our ancestors faced up to the ending of the last Ice Age, arguably a more dramatic climate change crisis than the present one. Ranging from the Paleolithic down to the development of agriculture in the Neolithic, the author shows how human ingenuity and resourcefulness allowed them to adapt to the changing conditions in a variety of ways as the ice sheets retreated and water levels rose. Different strategies, from big game hunting on the ice, nomadic hunter gathering, sedentary foraging and finally farming, were developed in various regions in response to local conditions as early man colonized the changing world. The human response to climate change was not to try to stop it, but to embrace technology and innovation to cope with it.

Climate Change Ethics for an Endangered World

Climate Change Ethics for an Endangered World

Author: Thom Brooks Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2020

Climate change confronts us with our most pressing challenges today. The global consensus is clear that human activity is mostly to blame for its harmful effects, but there is disagreement about what should be done. While no shortage of proposals from ecological footprints and the polluter pays principle to adaptation technology and economic reforms, each offers a solution - but is climate change a problem we can solve? In this provocative new book, these popular proposals for ending or overcoming the threat of climate change are shown to offer no easy escape and each rest on an important mistake. Thom Brooks argues that a future environmental catastrophe is an event we can only delay or endure, but not avoid. This raises new ethical questions about how we should think about climate change. How should we reconceive sustainability without a status quo? Why is action more urgent and necessary than previously thought? What can we do to motivate and inspire hope? Many have misunderstood the kind of problem that climate change presents - as well as the daunting challenges we must face and overcome. Climate Change Ethics for an Endangered World is a critical guide on how we can better understand the fragile world around us before it is too late. This innovative book will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change, climate justice, environmental policy and environmental ethics.

Perspectives on Energy Poverty in Post-Communist Europe

Perspectives on Energy Poverty in Post-Communist Europe

Author: George Jiglau Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2020

This book explores the issue of energy poverty in post-communist Europe and shows how it is viewed and addressed through public policies. Energy poverty is severely affecting many parts of the European Union, but up until now only a few comparative analyses have been developed to understand the phenomenon and its diversity throughout the region. Filling this gap, this volume focusses specifically on the Eastern European Region, drawing on contributions that cover a wide range of countries including Germany, Poland, Romania and Hungary. This region has undergone significant transitions over the past three decades, but as the contributions demonstrate, it still faces major challenges to providing clean and affordable energy to its citizens and renovating existing housing stock. The chapters explore the extent of energy poverty in each country and examine the drivers, whilst casting a light on how policymakers tackle the issue through a critical examination of the instruments implemented to help the energy poor. This book will be of great interest to researchers in the fields of energy policy and comparative politics, to policymakers in post-communist countries and EU institutions, and also to other relevant actors, such as companies and NGOs who focus on issues of energy poverty.

Philosophy and the Climate Crisis

Philosophy and the Climate Crisis

Author: Byron Williston Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2020

This book explores how the history of philosophy can orient us to the new reality brought on by the climate crisis. If we understand the climate crisis as a deeply existential one, it can help to examine the way past philosophers responded to similar crises in their times. This book explores five past crises, each involving a unique form of collective trauma. These events-war, occupation, exile, scientific revolution and political revolution-inspired the philosophers to remake the whole world in thought, to construct a metaphysics. Williston distills a key intellectual innovation from each metaphysical system: * That political power must be constrained by knowledge of the climate system (Plato) * That ethical and political reasoning must be informed by care or love of the ecological whole (Augustine) * That we must enhance the design of the technosphere (Descartes) * That we must conceive the Earth as an internally complex system (Spinoza) * And that we must grant rights to anyone or anything-ultimately the Earth system itself-whose vital interests are threatened by the effects of climate change (Hegel). Philosophy and the Climate Crisis will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change, environmental philosophy and ethics and the environmental humanities.

Philosophy and the Climate Crisis

Philosophy and the Climate Crisis

Author: Byron Williston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2020

This book explores how the history of philosophy can orient us to the new reality brought on by the climate crisis. If we understand the climate crisis as a deeply existential one, it can help to examine the way past philosophers responded to similar crises in their times. This book explores five past crises, each involving a unique form of collective trauma. These events-war, occupation, exile, scientific revolution and political revolution-inspired the philosophers to remake the whole world in thought, to construct a metaphysics. Williston distills a key intellectual innovation from each metaphysical system: * That political power must be constrained by knowledge of the climate system (Plato) * That ethical and political reasoning must be informed by care or love of the ecological whole (Augustine) * That we must enhance the design of the technosphere (Descartes) * That we must conceive the Earth as an internally complex system (Spinoza) * And that we must grant rights to anyone or anything-ultimately the Earth system itself-whose vital interests are threatened by the effects of climate change (Hegel). Philosophy and the Climate Crisis will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change, environmental philosophy and ethics and the environmental humanities.

We are the Weather

We are the Weather

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2020

'Read this book. Saving Planet Earth starts right here, right now' Stella McCartney From the bestselling author of Eating Animals, a brilliantly fresh and accessible take on climate change - and what we can do about it 'Climate change is the greatest crisis humankind has ever faced. It is that straightforward, that fraught. Where were you when you made your decision?' It is all too easy to feel paralysed and hopeless in the face of climate crisis, but the truth is that every one of us has the power to change history's course. We have done it before: making collective sacrifices to protect our freedoms, our families, our way of life. And we can do it again. In this extraordinarily powerful and deeply personal book, Jonathan Safran Foer lays bare the battle to save the planet. Calling each one of us to action, he answers the most urgent question of all: what will it take for things to change? It all starts with what we eat for breakfast. 'Eye-opening' New York Times Book Review 'Safran Foer's new approach gives me hope' Observer

Evaluating Climate Change Impacts

Evaluating Climate Change Impacts

Evaluating Climate Change Impacts discusses assessing and quantifying the climate change and its impacts from a multi-faceted perspective of ecosystem, social and infrastructure resilience, given through a lens of statistics and data science. It provides a multi-disciplinary view on the implications of climate variability and shows how the new data science paradigm can help us to mitigate climate-induced risk and to enhance climate adaptation strategies. The book consists of chapters solicited from leading topical experts and presents their perspectives on climate change effects in two general areas: natural ecosystems and socio-economic impacts. The chapters unveil topics of atmospheric circulation, climate modeling and long-term prediction; approach the problems of increasing frequency of extreme events, sea level rise, forest fires, as well as economic losses, analysis of climate impacts for insurance, agriculture, fisheries, and electric and transport infrastructures. The readers will be exposed to the current research using a variety of methods from physical modeling, statistics, and machine learning, including the global circulation models (GCM) and ocean models, statistical generalized additive models (GAM) and generalized linear models (GLM), state space and graphical models, causality networks, Bayesian ensembles, a variety of index methods and statistical tests, and machine learning methods. The reader will learn about data from various sources, including GCM and ocean model outputs, satellite observations, data collected by different agencies and research units. Many of the chapters provide references to open source software R and Python code that are available for implementing the methods.