Life in Europe Under Climate Change
May 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
This book uses the most up to date information issued by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and informs readers about these effects, as well as showing how Europe is contributing to attempts to slow the tempo of global climate change, and how it can adapt to the climate change that seems unavoidable.
Life in Europe under Climate Change makes essential information on climate impacts in Europe accessible to a broad audience, including students, politicians, planners and members of non-governmental organizations.
1 Introduction 1
2 Climate and climate change 21
3 Human health 48
4 Food production 72
5 Water security 98
6 Sea and coastline 124
7 Ecosystems and biodiversity 146
8 Impacts on Europe’s industries 188
9 Summing up impacts and adaptation 207
10 Climate protection in Europe 241
Color plate pages fall between pp. 150 and 151
Jørgen E. Olesen is Professor of agriculture and climate change at Aarhus University in Denmark. He was a lead author in the Fourth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was a member of the Commission on Climate Change Policy for the Government in Denmark. He is a member of the Danish Council on Ethics, and he chairs the food and agriculture group of the Danish green think tank CONCITO.
- Presents the latest most reliable information from IPCC reports in a readable and accessible form
- Covers not only the expected impacts of climate change in Europe, but also the actions that society can take to adapt to it
- Looks at a wide variety of issues - agriculture, fisheries, natural habitats, water supply, human health, and more
- Provides European environmental managers, planners and scientists with clear information on which to base decisions on funding, policy, and research