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Brief Guide - Global Warming, A

By Jessica Wilson and Stephen Law

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A guide to climate change that not only gives reasonable answers to the big questions surrounding the issue, but also takes us inside the corridors of power and the basements of the United Nations, where countries are engaged in a game of climate-change poker.


It now seems certain that our planet is warming. Is it the result of human activity and if so how do we combat it? This reasoned and reasonable guide helps to clarify the controversial issues and the way forward.


An accessible guide to climate change that not only gives reasonable answers to the big questions surrounding the issue, but also takes us inside the corridors of power and the basements of the United Nations, where countries are engaged in a game of climate-change poker. For the individual, wondering whether to sell their seaside property or invest in a small wind-farm, this book offers sensible answers. It gives us the best and worst case scenarios and sets out how we can each address this contentious but vital issue.

Biographical Notes

Stephen Law is the Director of the Environmental Monitoring Group, a South African policy and dvocacy
non-governmental organization.

Jessica Wilson worked for South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research on integrated
environmental management and environmental-impact assessments and has over ten years' experience in the area of environmental policy

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  • ISBN: 9781780337081
  • Publication date: 01 Mar 2012
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  • Imprint: Robinson
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