The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change (2nd ed.)

A Guide to the Debate

by Andrew Dessler, Edward A. Parson

The second edition of Dessler and Parson's acclaimed book provides an integrated treatment of the science, technology, economics, policy, and politics of climate change. Aimed at the educated non-specialist, and at courses in environmental policy or climate change, the book clearly lays out the scientific foundations of climate change, the issues in current policy debates, and the interactions between science and politics that make the climate change debate so contentious and confusing. This new edition is brought completely up to date to reflect the rapid movement of events related to climate change. In addition, all sections have been improved, in particular a more thorough primer on the basic science of climate change is included. The book also now integrates the discussion of contrarian claims with the discussion of current scientific knowledge; extends the discussion of cost and benefit estimates; and provides an improved glossary.

  • Cambridge University Press; February 2010
  • ISBN: 9780511717710
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change
  • Author: Andrew Dessler; Edward A. Parson
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'This timely, informative and well-written book does an excellent job of explaining, in language accessible to everyone, the scientific basis for our current understanding of global warming and climate change, as well as societal implications and the political barriers to sound, rational policy. Its co-authors are well recognized experts in science and in public policy. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of this complex issue - what the debate is all about - and as a core textbook for introductory courses on the environment, climate change, or public policy.' Neal Lane, Former Science Advisor to President Clinton and former Director of the US National Science Foundation