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Climate Change 2007 - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Working Group II contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC 1 Pap/Cdr Edition

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"Every member of Congress should read this report."
The New York Times

"The WGII [Working Group II] report provides a balanced and objective synthesis of state-of-the-art knowledge on how climate change will impact Earth's natural and managed systems. The quality of the writing is excellent and succinct, and figure quality is superb. Given the nature of the synthesis, references used are current and appropriate, while technical terms are usefully defined in a comprehensive glossary. This WGII report is essential reading for all scientists and policymakers involved in climate change research." - Anson Mackay, Journal of Environmental Quality

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This IPCC Fourth Assessment Report brings us completely up-to-date on the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change. A comprehensive and balanced assessment by the world's leading experts, it will be invaluable for researchers, students, and policymakers, and will form a standard reference work for policy decisions worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Series: Climate Change 2007
  • Paperback: 986 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 Pap/Cdr edition (February 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521705975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521705974
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Glenn Gallagher VINE VOICE on October 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
The second of three large volumes produced by the IPCC, the world's leading authority and source of information of unbiased climate change science. This second volume from Working Group II, as the title indicates, focuses on the impacts on human society and nature from climate change. The first volume lays out the science that has compelled scientists to take climate change seriously. This second volume is probably of interest to a smaller group of people, such as those who are interested in good background information to help develop policy or solutions to help assess and adapt to climate change.

The report goes out of its way to avoid politics and policy implications, in an attempt to be extremely unbiased. However, this rigid neutrality leads often to some very dull exposition and distillation of very boring studies. Nevertheless, the report is quite important, and I give it five stars for sheer comprehensiveness, if nothing else. One caveat: very technical, very dry, very slow reading.

The latter half of this review is an excerpt of the IPCC reports, from an article titled "Global warming: Stop worrying, start panicking?" by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, as posted on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences website. The following excerpt of the article sums up some of my feelings about the IPCC reports that Hans Schellnhuber put into words better than I could:

The scientific evidence about climate change comes in thousands of parcels, yet the monumental reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are the guideposts for both experts and stakeholders. The IPCC format, perfected by the late Bert Bolin, is a painstaking self-interrogation process of the pertinent scientific community.
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