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Abstract

A broad view of the complex background to climatic variation is given in Chapter 1. The changes which, due to natural causes, have taken place in the world's climate over the past thousand years or more are reviewed in Chapter 2. The following chapter analyses the recent centuries for which instrumental weather data are available, especially since the founding of State Meteorological Services. Chapter 4 deals with: the extent to which man himself may affect the climate by his activities, particularly the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with its consequent changes. Chapter 5 looks into the past to find analogues for likely lines of climatic development in the future, uses these as indicators of the consequences of a probable temperature rise by carbon dioxide and other trace gases, or for example, by volcanic outbreaks. Chapter 6 considers how European agriculture has reacted to climate change over the past two hundred years and the extent to which food production will be affected in the future.

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Authors: FLOHN H METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF BONN (GERMANY) FANTECHI R CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM) , METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF BONN (GERMANY);CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: 356 P., 1984, ISBN 90-277-1745-1 WRITE TO KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS GROUP, P.O. BOX 322, 3300 AH DORDRECHT (THE NETHERLANDS). PRICE: HFL. 130, (EUR 8038 EN).
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