climate change science Articles

  • Coastal sensitivity to sea level rise: A focus on the mid-Atlantic region

    The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) was launched in February 2002 as a collaborative federal interagency program, under a new cabinet-level organization designed to improve the government-wide management and dissemination of climate change science and related technology development. The mission of the CCSP is to “facilitate the creation and application of knowledge of the Earth’s ...

  • Closing knowledge–action gaps in adaptation to climate change in the Asia–Pacific region

    Major knowledge–action gaps remain with respect to adaptation to climate change in the Asia–Pacific. Knowledge–action gaps arise because knowledge is missing, inaccessible or unused. In this study initiatives to close knowledge–action gaps in developing and low–to–middle income countries of the Asia–Pacific region were reviewed. Specific attention was given to: who is involved in the design and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Market Mechanisms: Understanding the Options

    The most recent study on climate change by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences concluded that, “Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for—and in many cases is already affecting—a broad range of human and natural systems. (See Climate Change 101: Science and ...

  • Preliminary review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources

    The US Government’s Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is responsible for providing the best science-based knowledge possible to inform management of the risks and opportunities associated with changes in the climate and related environmental systems. To support its mission, the CCSP has commissioned 21 “synthesis and assessment products” (SAPs) to advance decision-making on climate ...

  • Prospects for future climate change and the reasons for early action

    The 2008 A&WMA Critical Review, which was entitled “Prospects for Future Climate Change and the Reasons for Early Action,” focused on the vital issue of global climate change. During the presentation of the review on June 25, 2008, in Portland, OR, Dr. Michael C. MacCracken, chief scientist for climate change programs at the Climate Institute in Washington, DC, gave an overview of the basic ...

  • Analyses and effects of global change on human health and welfare and human systems

    Climate change, interacting with changes in land use and demographics, will affect important human dimensions in the United States, especially those related to human health, settlements and welfare. The challenges presented by population growth, an aging population, migration patterns, and urban and coastal development will be compounded by changes in temperature, precipitation, and extreme ...

  • When does science become 'junk'? An examination of junk science claims in mainstream print media

    This paper examines the definitional content of junk science claims in the newsprint media, finding the term evoked for multiple ends. This paper begins by briefly examining some of the more prominent attempts by 20th century philosophers of science to establish criteria to differentiate science from non-science, each of which has failed. This failure has lead to a sociological turn in how ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The scientific basis for the prediction of climate change

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published a Supplementary Report updating and supporting the First Assessment of 1990 and their findings are summarised here. If greenhouse emissions continue at the present level, the Report estimates a global temperature increase of 0.3% per decade – a rate probably greater than any since the last ice age. Sulphur pollution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • US Department of Energy Climate Vision 2007 Progress Report

    Climate change is a complex, long-term challenge that will require a sustained effort over many generations. As a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United States shares with many countries its ultimate objective: stabilization of greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the ...

  • Climate science: Major new discoveries

    This annual WRI review highlights the latest major research and innovations in climate change science and technology. It presents a timely synthesis of current understanding of global warming at a critically important time for the United States and the world. The international community is negotiating a new global agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases for the period post-2012, while ...

  • Climate change decision-making: science, policy and economics

    The threat of global climate change poses an unprecedented challenge to humanity. Although climate change is potentially important, it is crucial to recognise also that (especially for the developing countries) there are a number of other priorities that affect human welfare more immediately - such as hunger and malnutrition, poverty, health, and pressing local environmental issues. In this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Understanding political processes in climate change negotiations by means of an interdisciplinary curriculum in higher education

    Political science draws on different theoretical approaches that can be used for explaining the outcome of climate negotiations. These approaches take into account that interests shape the preferences of states, of the economy and of civil society. In its analysis of climate change as an issue of global governance, political science must be part of an approach which combines the contributions of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A lawyer`s look at the science of global climate change

    Whether one believes, as a matter of science, the problem of climate change is real or imagined, exaggerated or understated, the authors say the legal storm has already broken. They say this article is written to assist the lawyers who must deal with the “nuts and bolts” of advising and representing clients, and who must make recommendations and decisions affecting a client's economic ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Pre–requisites to interdisciplinary research for climate change: lessons from a participatory action research process in Île–de–France

    The complexity of climate change issues translates itself into a need for interdisciplinary approaches to first achieve a more comprehensive vision of climate change, and second to better inform the decision–making processes. However, it seems that willingness alone is rarely enough to implement interdisciplinarity. A participatory action research process undertaken within the Scientific ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • EC announces support for better climate change data

    The European Commission (EC) calls for better science-based climate change information and understanding to be developed, reports Envido.The EC has announced its backing for a new climate change framework to improve the scientific accuracy of climate forecasts and modeling. In the run-up to the Copenhagen Conference, the Global Framework for Climate Services is designed to develop better ...


    By Vital Energi

  • Africa Analysis: Filling climate data gaps is only the first step

    Africa is often blamed for having scarce and unreliable weather records that hold back predictions of how climate change will affect the continent. This has led to calls over the years for better climate-change science and record-keeping, with the most recent coming from ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • More extreme weather: Say hello to our changing climate

    It’s the question on everyone’s minds these days: What’s up with the weather? The answer is increasingly clear: It’s our changing climate. The trends we are currently experiencing– a warmer world with more intense, extreme weather events– could not be clearer. It’s exactly what climate scientists and their models have, for many years now, forecast global ...

  • This remote region of India is becoming a model of climate resilience

    Climate change is inherently a global phenomenon, but changing weather patterns are more often felt at the regional and local level. And as the United Nations and others have reported, the impacts of global warming will disproportionately impact those living in developing countries with ...


    By Ensia

  • Joint action on climate change: Key resources

    Who’s linking climate change, development, and disaster reduction? Ilan Kelman rounds up vital sources and voices. Many useful and mainly free online resources reflect the links amongst climate change, development and disaster risk reduction — the following are some key organisations and documents. Focus on climate change ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Joint action on climate change: Facts and figures

    Ilan Kelman examines the history, overlaps and conflicts between climate change, development and disasters. By the end of 2015, three global policy processes will have set the stage for how the world responds to major challenges facing humanity in the years to come. A voluntary agreement to tackle disasters was reached in ...


    By SciDev.Net

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