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The Carbon Crunch$
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Dieter Helm

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300186598

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300186598.001.0001

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How serious is climate change?

How serious is climate change?

(p.13) Chapter 1 How serious is climate change?
The Carbon Crunch

Dieter Helm

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the importance of climate change and its underlying physical processes, and the impact of various degrees of warming on human civilization. The seminars at environment and climate change institutes and departments invite in the campaigners, blurring the boundaries between impartial academic research and partial and committed interests. The climate has always been changing, and within human history there have been substantial swings in global and regional temperatures. Longer growing seasons and milder winters mean that the constraints on economic activities in the cold places (and the costs) are somewhat alleviated. At the upper end of temperature projections, the detrimental impacts of climate change could be very large in ways that cannot be fully comprehended at present.

Keywords:   climate change, physical processes, warming, seminars, human history, longer growing seasons, temperature projections

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