Sudden and Disruptive Climate Change

Exploring the Real Risks and How We Can Avoid Them

Edited by

Michael C. MacCracken, Frances Moore and John C. Topping, Jr esbebssr

First published by Earthscan in the UK and USA in 2008

Copyright © The Climate Institute, 2008 All rights reserved

Hardback ISBN-13: 978-1-84407-477-8 Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-84407-478-5

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A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Sudden and disruptive climate change : exploring the real risks and how we can avoid them / edited by Michael C. MacCracken, Frances Moore and John C. Topping, Jr.

ISBN-13: 978-1-84407-477-8 (hardback) ISBN-10: 1-84407-477-3 (hardback) ISBN-13: 978-1-84407-478-5 (pbk.) ISBN-10: 1-84407-478-1 (pbk.) 1. Climate changes-Social aspects. 2. Climate changes-Environmental aspects. I. MacCracken, Michael C. II. Moore, Frances. III. Topping, John C.

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