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Climate and Society

Climate as Resource, Climate as Risk

Climate and Society by Nico Stehr
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Climate and Society presents from a transdisciplinary view, climate and its changes, impact and perception. The history of climate and its different approaches over time — which are anthropocentric and more system-oriented, academic and application-driven — are reviewed, as are the possibilities of managing climate, in particular by steering the greenhouse gas emissions. Most importantly, the concepts of climate as a resource for societies are discussed and the emergence of climate non-constancy and its impact, studied. In essence, this book provides an absorbing account of the cultural history of climate and relates it to contemporary scientific knowledge about climate, climate change and its impact.

Sample Chapter(s)
Chapter 1: Overview (76 KB)

  • A Historical Overview of Thinking about Climate
  • Climate as Limiting Condition and Resource
  • Climate as Risk and Hazard
  • Zeppelin Manifesto on Climate Protection
  • Summary and Prospects

Readership: Climatologists, social scientists, policymakers and journalists.
World Scientific Publishing Company; August 2009
150 pages; ISBN 9789814467193
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Title: Climate and Society
Author: Nico Stehr; Hans von Storch