NAS books on climate change

Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change
[Via New from the National Academies Press]

Cover imageReducing vulnerabilities to impacts of climate change that the nation cannot, or does not, avoid is a highly desirable strategy to manage and minimize the risks, says the book, Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change. Some impacts–such as rising sea levels, disappearing sea ice, and the frequency and intensity of some extreme weather events like heavy precipitation and heat waves–are already being observed across the country.

The book notes that policymakers need to anticipate a range of possible climate conditions and that uncertainty about the exact timing and magnitude of impacts is not a reason to wait to act. In fact, it says boosting U.S. adaptive capacity now can be viewed as “an insurance policy against an uncertain future,” while inaction could increase risks, especially if the rate of climate change is particularly large.

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Advancing the Science of Climate Change

Cover imageThe compelling case that climate change is occurring and is caused in large part by human activities is based on a strong, credible body of evidence, says Advancing the Science of Climate Change, one of the new books in the America’s Climate Choices series. While noting that there is always more to learn and that the scientific process is never “closed,” the book emphasizes that multiple lines of evidence support scientific understanding of climate change.

The core phenomenon, scientific questions, and hypotheses have been examined thoroughly and have stood firm in the face of serious debate and careful evaluation of alternative explanations, the book says.

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Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change

Cover imageSubstantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions will require prompt and sustained efforts to promote major technological and behavioral changes, says Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, a new book from the America’s Climate Choices study. Although limiting emissions must be a global effort to be effective, strong U.S. actions to reduce emissions will help encourage other countries to do the same.

In addition, the U.S. could establish itself as a leader in developing and deploying the technologies necessary to limit and adapt to climate change.

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Published by our National Academy of Science, these three books detail where the science is and what needs to be done. You can download the summaries for free and also read the books online for free. Somewhat cumbersome but much cheaper than the price of the books.
You can download short reports for each: Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, Advancing the Science, and Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change. Read them and understand how we are going to solve this difficult problem. The sooner the better.