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This book contains the proceedings of a EC symposium held to discuss the climatic and associated impacts of the accumulation in the Earth's atmosphere of carbon dioxide coming from the combustion of fossil fuels, and other greenhouse gases. An important climate change is foreseen during the 21st century - a mean global warming of 1.5 - 4.5 C is expected. This heating will cause a thermal expansion of the ocean waters and a consequent rise in sea level of about 20 to 165 cm. Vegetal biomass may increase, while at the same time climate difficulties for agricultural are foreseen, together with a geographical shift of crops and forests due to perturbations in mean annual precipitation and temperature patterns. An increased frequency of meteorological anomalies (storms, droughts) is also to be feared. Counteracting measures could include the development of renewable energy sources, reduction in the production of greenhouse gases, intensive reforestation, a better management of land and water resources, and the protection and restoration of degraded/threatened soils.

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Authors: FANTECHI R, CEC, Bruxelles (BE);GHAZI A (EDITORS), CEC, Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11797 EN (1989) 279 pp.
Availability: Available from Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, P.O. Box 322, 3300 AH Dordrecht (NL)
ISBN: ISBN 0-7923-0191-9
Record Number: 198910951 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en