Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines

ISBN : 9780878930272

Arnold J. Bloom
398 ページ
220 x 280 mm

Mark Twain's comment that everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it no longer applies: human activities have altered the global climate, and governments are having to act now to avoid more extreme perturbations. Global Climate Change examines the factors responsible for global climate change and the geophysical, biological, economic, legal, and cultural consequences of such changes. The book highlights the complexity of decision-making under uncertainty, contrasting the methods that various disciplines employ to evaluate past and future conditions.


1 Introduction to Global Climate Change
2 History of Earth's Climate
3 Causes of Climate
4 World of Tomorrow: Computer Simulation Models
5 Biological Impacts of Higher Carbon Dioxide Concentrations
6 Climate Change and the Biosphere
7 Mitigation Strategies: Transportation
8 Mitigation Strategies: Electric Power Generation
9 Mitigation Strategies: Other Sectors
10 Economics of Climate Change
11 Global Climate Change and the Law
12 Global Climate Change: The Human Response


Arnold J. Bloom received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Yale University. He spent several years developing computer models of the spread of air pollution over cities in the USA and Germany. He received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, where he also completed a two-semester course in Environmental Legislation at the Law School. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has been on the faculty of the University of California at Davis for thirty years. His publications range from major reviews on the economics of resource allocation in plants to the future of agriculture under rising carbon dioxide levels. He has coauthored textbooks on plant physiology and plant mineral nutrition. Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines derives from a General Education course offered for the past seven years that has grown to an enrollment of three hundred students.