Global Change and Our Common Future: Papers from a Forum
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Global Change and Our Common Future includes 22 edited presentations from the Forum on Global Change and Our Common Future. The Forum, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, Smithsonian Institution, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and Sigma Xi, was organized to inform the public about the changes occurring in the global environment and the implications for public policy.


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244 pages | 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-309-04089-1

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xiv
Part A: Society's Stake in Global Change 1-2
1. Toward a Global Environmental Policy 3-9
2. Global Change and Our Common Future: The Benjamin Frankline Lecture 10-18
3. Global Change and Carrying Capacity: Implications for Life on Earth 19-28
Part B: The Earth System 29-30
4. The Earth System 31-33
5. Mission to Planet Earth Revisited 34-49
6. Historical Perspectives: Climatic Changes Throughout the Millennia 50-61
7. Mathematical Modeling of Greenhouse Warming: How Much Do We Know? 62-72
8. The Earth's Fragile Ozone Shield 73-77
9. Terrestrial Ecosystems 78-83
10. Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change 84-89
11. The Human Causes of Global Environmental Change 90-100
Part C: Impacts of Global Change 101-102
12. What Does Global Change Mean for Society? 103-124
13. Impacts of Future Sea Level Rise 125-138
14. Threats to Biological Diversity as the Earth Warms 139-158
15. Deforestation and Its Role in Possible Changes in the Brazilian Amazon 159-171
16. Impacts of Global Change 172-174
Part D: Implications For Public Policy 175-176
17. The Global Environment: A National Security Issue 177-186
18. Implications for Public Policy: Options for Action 187-193
19. View from the North 194-197
20. View from the South 198-203
21. Political Leadership and the Brundtland Report: What Are the Implications for Public Policy 204-208
22. Global Warming: Is It Real and Should It Be Part of a Global Change Program? 209-220
Appendixes 221-222
A: Program -- Forum on Global Change and Our Common Future 223-225
B: Committee on Global Change and Oversight Committee Members 226-228
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National Research Council. Global Change and Our Common Future: Papers from a Forum. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1989.

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