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Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions

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Veerabhadran Ramanathan, University of California San Diego

Roger Aines, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Max Auffhammer, University of California Berkeley

Copyright Year: 2019

ISBN 13: 978-0-578-50847-4

Publisher: eScholarship

Language: English

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Reviewed by Juan Artes, Assistant Prof., University of Massachusetts Lowell on 6/17/20

This is a great read, covering almost all areas and ideas about the urgent topic of climate emergency. read more

Reviewed by Shafkatul Khan, Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University on 3/31/20

Climate Change Solutions: Bending the curve addresses a critical gap in teaching climate change in the classroom, especially from the perspective of solving this seemingly insurmountable environmental problem. The book does a good job of... read more

Reviewed by Karen Magruder, Assistant Professor in Practice, University of Texas at Arlington on 1/28/20

The authors managed to find a great balance between being thorough and succinct. This book covers a lot of ground, but each of the chapters are logically connected and pertinent. Summaries do a great job of distilling large amounts of information... read more

Table of Contents

Part I Concepts and Solutions

  • 1 Climate Change
  • 2 Humans, Nature, and the Quest for Climate Justice
  • 3 Climate Change and Human Health
  • 4 Overview of the Ten Solutions for Bending the Curve

Part II Ten Solutions

  • 5 Your Leadership: Social Movements and Social Solutions to Climate Change
  • 6 Social Transformation: Changing Attitudes, Norms, and Behaviors
  • 7 Religion, Ethics, and Climate Change
  • 8 Communicating Climate Change Science
  • 9 Lessons from California
  • 10 The Paris Agreement and Its Implementation
  • 11 Economics: Emissions, Impacts, and Policy
  • 12 Cost-Effective Climate Policies
  • 13 Two Evolving Energy Technology Pathways
  • 14 Environmentally Sustainable Transportation
  • 15 Technologies for Super Pollutants Mitigation
  • 16 Enhancing Carbon Sinks in Natural and Working Lands

Part III Current Topics

  • 17 Sea Level Rise from Melting Ice
  • 18 Atmospheric Carbon Extraction: Scope, Available Technologies, and Challenges
  • 19 Local Solutions

About the Book

Climate change is an urgent problem. Because it is causing new weather extremes and fatal catastrophes, climate change is better termed climate disruption. Bending the curve to flatten the upward trajectory of pollution emissions responsible for climate disruption is essential in order to protect billions of people from this global threat. Education is a key part of the solution.

This textbook book lays out ten solutions that together can bend the curve of climate warming below dangerous levels. These solutions fall into six categories: science, societal transformation, governance, economics, technology, and ecosystem management. Four themes emerge from the book:

* There is still time to bend the curve. The time to act was yesterday, but if proper actions are taken now, there is still time to avoid disastrous changes. We have to pull on three levers: The carbon lever to achieve zero net emissions of carbon dioxide before 2050; the short-lived climate pollutants lever to drastically reduce concentrations of other major climate pollutants; and the atmospheric carbon extraction lever to remove massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

* Bending the curve will require interdisciplinary solutions. Climate change requires integrating approaches from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, so this textbook—unlike most on climate change solutions—does just that, with chapters written by experts in climate science, social justice, economics, environmental policy, political science, energy technologies, ecology, and religion. Bending the curve also requires preservation and restoration of ecological systems.

* Bending the curve requires a radical shift in attitude. This shift requires change in behavior, change in our attitudes towards each other, and change in our attitude towards nature. Climate justice has to be an integral part of the solution.

* Technology, market mechanism and policy need to be a part of the solution. New market mechanisms and other policies are required to spur technological innovations and to scale clean technologies globally.

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List of Authors:

Ramanathan, Veerabhadran
Aines, Roger
Auffhammer, Max
Barth, Matt
Cole, Jonathan
Forman, Fonna
Han, Hahrie
Jacobsen, Mark
Pellow, David
Pezzoli, Keith
Press, Daniel
Rignot, Eric
Samuelsen, Scott
Silver, Whendee
Solomon, Gina
Somerville, Richard
Tucker, Mary Evelyn
Victor, David
Zaelke, Durwood
Scott Friese

About the Contributors

Editors

Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Roger Aines

Max Auffhammer