At Copenhagen in December 2009, the international community agreed to limit global warming to below two degrees Celsius to avoid the worst impacts of human-induced climate change. However climate scientists agree that current national emissions targets collectively will still not achieve this goal. Instead, the 'ambition gap' between climate science and climate policy is likely to lead to average global warming of around four degrees Celsius by or before 2100. If a 'Four Degree World' is the de facto goal of policy, we urgently need to understand what this world might look like. Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World outlines the expected consequences of this world for Australia and its region. Its contributors include many of Australia's most eminent and internationally recognized climate scientists, climate policy makers and policy analysts. They provide an accessible, detailed, dramatic, and disturbing examination of the likely impacts of a Four Degree World on Australia's social, economic and ecological systems. The book offers policy makers, politicians, students, and anyone interested climate change, access to the most recent research on potential Australian impacts of global warming, and possible responses.
About the Author
Peter Christoff is a political scientist and Associate Professor who teaches Climate Change Politics and Policy and Environmental Policy at the University of Melbourne. He is co-author, with Professor Robyn Eckersley, of Globalization and the Environment (Rowman and Littlefield, in press 2013), and co-edited Climate Law in Australia (Federation Press, 2007) with Professor Tim Bonyhady. He is author of 20 academically refereed articles, 21 academically refereed chapters, two major Victorian State of the Environment Reports (VGPO 1989 and VGPO 1992), over 40 unrefereed articles and chapters, and numerous pieces in the popular media. He is also the Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australia's largest national environmental NGO.
This is an important book that addresses the defining question of the 21st century: Can we really afford to let the world slip down the warming slope - towards the 4 degrees mark or even beyond? The authors provide compelling evidence from the Australian perspective that the answer reads "no". Peter Christoff should be praised for initiating and editing this colossal intellectual effort. -Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany 'Four Degrees' reveals what might become of Australians and their country if global average temperatures are allowed to increase by 4 degrees above that of 200 years ago. It paints a 'bleak vision of a continent under assault.' And that will be out future if we do nothing - just keep going along as we are today. Thankfully the book is also full of clear and realistic solutions, which makes it a must-read for all caring Australians. -Tim Flannery, Chief Commissioner, Climate Commission, Australia This important book, though ostensibly about climate change, raises profound and personal questions about the type of world we wish to bequeath our children. Setting out stark and scientifically informed choices, the authors provide a cogent framing of the challenging issues facing Australian policy makers, businesses and civil society. -Kevin Anderson, University of Manchester, UK Despite a generation of talks, the international community has failed to stem the global increase in greenhouse gas pollution that is causing climate change. Consequently, the earth is set to get hotter, and Australia is in the eye of the storm. In this important new book, Peter Christoff brings together the insights of distinguished scholars, scientists and analysts. They explore the ecological, social and economic impacts for Australia of a much warmer world, in the process providing a valuable guide to the future. -Paul G. Harris, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 7th October 2013
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.043