Publisher description for The regional impacts of climate change : an assessment of vulnerability / edited by Robert T. Watson ... [et al.] ; project administrator, David J. Dokken.

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Counter The degree to which human conditions and the natural environment are vulnerable to the potential effects of climate change is a key concern for governments and the environmental science community worldwide. This book from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides the best available base of scientific information for policymakers and public use. The Regional Impacts of Climate Change: An Assessment of Vulnerability reviews state-of-the-art information on potential impacts of climate change for ecological systems, water supply, food production, coastal infrastructure, human health, and other resources for ten global regions. It also illustrates that the increasing costs of climate and climate variability, in terms of loss of human life and capital due to floods, storms, and droughts, are a result of the lack of adjustment and response in society's policies and use of resources. This book points to management options that would make many sectors more resilient to current variability in climate and thus help these sectors adapt to future changes in climate. This book can be expected to become the primary source of information on regional aspects of climate change for policymakers, the scientific community, and students.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Climatic changes Risk assessment, Climatic changes Environmental aspects Evaluation