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Climate Change in Canada

Issues in Canada Series

Climate Change in Canada    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-19-543060-8
Pages 174
Language English only
Price $16.95
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Written by Rodney White.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2010.


A significant number of Canadians believe that climate change is the biggest threat facing the world today. Climate change is now more than a scientific debate; it is a matter urgently discussed in the realms of politics, geography, and economics.

In this concise, accessible introduction, Climate Change in Canada evaluates the visible effects of climate change and looks ahead to future outcomes, reminding us of the price of inaction. Author Rodney White also explores potential solutions to this complex, international, multifaceted problem.

What is most likely to happen in Canada? From melting permafrost and falling water levels in the Great Lakes to extreme weather events, White guides us through the latest science and expert predictions. He also explores the politics involved, from the Kyoto process to the approach taken in the United States by the Obama administration. He evaluates the probable future of business and economics: clean technology, carbon markets, and "weather" markets. What has been Canada's response to the challenges and the opportunities?

  • Climate Change: What is Happening in Canada?
  • How Did We Get Into This Mess?
  • Likely Impacts on Canada and Canadians
  • Canada in the Global Context
  • Some Technical and Political Options for Mitigation
  • Impacts on Canadian Resources, Livelihoods, and Quality of Life
  • The Political Arena
  • Business and the Economy
  • Canada's Record on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • The Emergence of a Global Carbon Economy
  • The Risks Attendant on Further Delay
  • Opportunities in Climate Change
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • References
  • Index
Covering the science, politics, and economics of climate change, Climate Change in Canada will be of interest to general readers and students of geography, social studies, and environmental studies, as well as business and economics.

About the author: Rodney White is a Professor of Geography and former Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Toronto (now known as the Centre for Environment). He was the Principal Researcher and Head of the Evaluation Bureau, reporting to the Development Economics Department, The World Bank, Washington, D.C. (1975-76).

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