Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice, Second Edition

By Sarah L. Burch and Sara E. Harris

© 2021

Conversations about climate change are filled with challenges involving complex data, deeply held values, and political issues. Understanding Climate Change examines climate change as both a scientific and a public policy issue. Sarah L. Burch and Sara E. Harris explain the basics of the climate system, climate models and prediction, and human and biophysical impacts, as well as strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The second edition has been fully updated throughout, including coverage of new advances in climate modelling and of the shifting landscape of renewable energy production and distribution. A brand new chapter discusses global governance, including The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and The Paris Agreement, as well as mitigation efforts at the national and sub-national levels. This new chapter makes the book even more relevant to climate change courses housed in social sciences departments such as political science and geography.

An effective and integrated introduction to an urgent and controversial issue, this book is well-suited to adoption in a variety of introductory climate change courses found in a range of science and social science departments. Its ultimate goal is to equip readers with the tools needed to become constructive participants in the human response to climate change.

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  • Page Count: 384 pages
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The second edition of Understanding Climate Change provides readers with a concise, accessible, and holistic picture of the climate change problem, including both the scientific and human dimensions.

Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice, Second Edition

By Sarah L. Burch and Sara E. Harris

© 2021

Conversations about climate change are filled with challenges involving complex data, deeply held values, and political issues. Understanding Climate Change examines climate change as both a scientific and a public policy issue. Sarah L. Burch and Sara E. Harris explain the basics of the climate system, climate models and prediction, and human and biophysical impacts, as well as strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The second edition has been fully updated throughout, including coverage of new advances in climate modelling and of the shifting landscape of renewable energy production and distribution. A brand new chapter discusses global governance, including The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and The Paris Agreement, as well as mitigation efforts at the national and sub-national levels. This new chapter makes the book even more relevant to climate change courses housed in social sciences departments such as political science and geography.

An effective and integrated introduction to an urgent and controversial issue, this book is well-suited to adoption in a variety of introductory climate change courses found in a range of science and social science departments. Its ultimate goal is to equip readers with the tools needed to become constructive participants in the human response to climate change.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Sarah L. Burch is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo.


    Sara E. Harris is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia.
  • Table of contents

    1. Climate Change in the Public Sphere
    2. Basic System Dynamics
    3. Climate Controls: Energy from the Sun
    4. Climate Controls: Earth’s Reflectivity
    5. Climate Controls: The Greenhouse Effect
    6. Climate Change Mitigation: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Transforming the Energy System
    7. Climate Models
    8. Future Climate: Emissions, Climatic Shifts, and What to Do about Them
    9. Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Systems
    10. Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Human Systems
    11. Climate Change Policy and Governance
    12. Understanding Climate Change: Pathways Forward

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