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Abstract

This booklet reviews in a non-technical fashion the current scientific understanding of the greenhouse effect, making special reference to Europe. In particular, it examines the role of the greenhouse gases (including past and future trends in atmospheric concentrations) in changing climate; the results of general circulation models including their limitations and uncertainties; the range of estimates of future global warming given the uncertainties in greenhouse gas emissions and climate modelling; and the extent to which Western Europe is contributing to the problem. Maps show spatial shifts in natural ecosystems, biomass potential and heating degree-days. Rising sea levels are also discussed.

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Authors: WARRICK R A, Climatic Research Unit, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich (GB);BARROW E M, Climatic Research Unit, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich (GB);WIGLEY T M L, Climatic Research Unit, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12707 EN (1990) 30 pp., FS, ECU 5
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1330-5
Record Number: 199010685 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en