Climate change

What challenges for the South?

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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.



    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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