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The mobilisation centred on the 2015 Paris Climate Conference
(COP 21) is an opportunity to highlight the vulnerability of environments
and populations in the South in the face of climate warming.
Some tropical regions are already suffering from its effects, with heat
waves in the Sahel, disturbances to monsoon systems, the melting of the Andean
glaciers, threats to biodiversity, a rise in sea level and other features.
Research conducted by IRD and its partners provides key knowledge for better
understanding of the complexity of these phenomena. This book is a synthesis in
three parts: observing and understanding climate change, analysing its main
impacts on environments and setting societies and national public policies at the
heart of the climate challenge.
Focused on the capacity for resilience of populations and ecosystems in the
face of trends in the climate, the book explores solutions that reconcile mitigation
and adaptation in response to climate change, conservation of the environment and
a reduction of inequalities. The work is both well documented and explanatory,
reviewing operations and the results of research that is firmly involved and
interdisciplinary, closely associating partners in the North and the South.


Editeur : IRD Éditions

Collection : Focus

Publication : 25 novembre 2015

Edition : 1ère édition

Intérieur : Couleur

Support(s) : Livre papier, Bundle Livre papier et eBook [PDF], eBook [PDF], eBook [ePub]

Contenu(s) : PDF, ePub

Protection(s) : Marquage social (PDF), Marquage social (ePub)

Poids (en grammes) : 1039

Taille(s) : 34 Mo (PDF), 14 Mo (ePub)

Langue(s) : Anglais

EAN13 Livre papier : 9782709921725

EAN13 eBook [PDF] : 9782709921749

EAN13 eBook [ePub] : 9782709921732



Introduction. Climate change, multiple issues  

Part 1

Observing and understanding climate change

1 - Learning about tropical climates in the past

2 - What are the signs of current climate change?

3 - Using monitoring facilities to detect climate anomalies

4 - Using climate models to understand the climate machine

5 - ‘Attributing’ the climate variations observed

6 - Projections: scenarios and uncertainties

7 - Greenhouse gas emissions  

Part 2

The impacts of climate change in the South

8 - Oceans: marine ecosystems and warming

9 - Coastal and island zones: areas under anthropic pressure

10 - Semi-arid zones: the Sahel is sensitive to variations in rainfall

11 - Highland zones: the rapid change of Andean environments

12 - Tropical forest and large rivers

13 - Urban zones: vulnerable megalopolises  

Part 3

Societies and the test of climate

14 - International climate negociations and their incidences

15 - Climate change and the issues for health in the South

16 - Agricultural development measured against climate change

17 - A fresh look at local knowledge

18 - The adaptation and resilience of populations in the South  

Prospects. Scientific research and climate policies  

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