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Launch of landmark publication: AVOIDING DANGEROUS CLIMATE CHANGE

30 Jan 2006

Over the last year we have seen growing evidence of climate change. Indeed, statistics suggest that 2005 was the warmest year on record. Devastating hurricanes showed how sensitive even developed societies are to extreme weather. But how much climate change can we take in the future? How can we avoid developments which must be considered dangerous? The new book Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change, chief-edited by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and published by Cambridge University Press today, provides answers to those questions.

The publication consolidates the results of an international conference hosted by the UK Government in February 2005. It gives an account of the most recent scientific insights on climate change, explores the main risks for nature and humanity, and how they can be averted. The book considers, in particular, technological options that can be deployed to achieve different levels of climate change as the world moves to a lower-carbon economy.

Writing in the foreword, Prime Minister Tony Blair said the conference provided a scientific backdrop to the whole of the UK's G8 Presidency and the Summit at Gleneagles. "This book will serve as more than a record of another conference or event. It will provide an invaluable resource for all people wishing to enhance global understanding of the science of climate change and the need for humanity to act to tackle the problem".

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, chief editor of the book, said: "We hope that this book will make a significant contribution to the scientific and policy debate on what constitutes dangerous climate change. The problem is urgent: let us face the fact that 2005 is the warmest year on record - even without a strong El Nino event as in 1998".


Background information:

The book is published by Cambridge University Press . Copies are available from CUP outlets. It is launched on the evening of 30th January at a reception at the Royal Society in London.

You may download pdf files of the book at defra

Editors from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are:

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber CBE, Director of the Potsdam Institute, Visiting Professor in Physics and Visiting Fellow of Christ Church College at Oxford University, Distinguished Science Advisor for the Tyndall Centre, and Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Wolfgang Cramer, Head of the Global Change and Natural Systems Department at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

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