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Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change


Walter Leal Filho and Franziska Mannke

Climate change is a matter of great interest and worldwide concern. The latest evidences from scientific studies and official documents produced by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show that the challenges posed by climate change need to be taken seriously if they are ever to be tackled properly. It is widely acknowledged that information, communication and education on climate change are important tools in the search for solutions to the social, economic or political problems climate changes poses. But despite the fact that much has been written about climate change, most works to date tend to focus on specific issues (e.g. climate modeling, forecasts) as opposed to addressing the problem in an interdisciplinary way as it should be. This book tries to address this perceived gap by providing a wide range of perspectives on climate change, which goes over and above the traditional barriers seen among subjects. It is interdisciplinary in nature and comprehensive in scope. This book was prepared in the context of «Climate 2008» (, the world’s first scientific conference on climate change held on the internet, and is one of the first outputs of the newly-created «International Climate Change Information Programme» (ICCIP). It provides a long-needed contribution to a better understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the subject matter of climate change and offers an overview of some of the on-going interdisciplinary projects and initiatives in this field taking place in different parts of the world.
Contents: Solveig Mimler/Ulrike Müller/Stefanie Greis/Benno Rothstein: Impacts of Climate Change on Electricity Generation and Consumption – Roy Manoj/Ellis Geraint: The Role of Cross-Disciplinary Models in Reducing the Intensity of Environmental Release - An Example of the Irish Housing Sector – Frank Helten/Undine Giseke/Silvia Martin Han: Adapting the Modern City to New Challenges - Urban Agriculture as a Way out? – Walter Leal Filho/Franziska Mannke: Policy-making in Climate Change - Experiences from the ASTRA Project – Michael Dutschke: The Climate Stabilization Fund - Global Auctioning of Emission Allowances to help Forests and People – J. David Tàbara/Francesc Cots/Xingang Dai/Maria Falaleeva/Zsuzsanna Flachner/Darryn McEvoy/Saskia Werners: Social Learning on Climate Change among Regional Agents - Insights from China, Eastern Europe and Iberia – Dalia Streimikiene/Remigijus Ciegis: Climate Change Mitigation Policies: Costs and Effectiveness – Evangelos I. Manolas: Campaign Strategies by Environmental NGOs in the Negotiations on Climate Change – A.C. Warnock/C.G. Warnock: The Role of Sustainable Buildings in Climate Change Mitigation – Bálint Czúcz/Gergely Torda/Zsolt Molnár/Ferenc Horváth/Zoltán Botta-Dukát/György Kröel-Dulay: A Spatially Explicit, Indicator-based Methodology for Quantifying the Vulnerability and Adaptability of Natural Ecosystems – Frank Vanclay/Peat Leith/Aysha Fleming: Understanding Farming Community Concerns about Adapting to a Changed Climate – Melissa Nursey-Bray/Tony Ferrier: Risk Assessment and Local Government, Tasmania: Applying an Interdisciplinary Approach to Climate Change Adaptation – Lionel Boxer: Positioning Oneself and Others to Resolve Climate Change – Michael Belau/Jane Korck/Hans Weber: Climate Change and the Impacts on Flood Events at the Fränkische Saale - An Interdisciplinary Case-Study – Harri Moora/Viktoria Voronova/Alvina Reihan: The Impact of Municipal Solid Waste Management on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Estonia – Karina Yager/Daniela Ulloa/Stephan Halloy: Conducting an Interdisciplinary Workshop on Climate Change: Facilitating Awareness and Adaptation in Sajama National Park, Bolivia – Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt: Differences of Degree? - Public Opinion on Climate Change in a Cross-National Context – Anjali Helferty/Amelia Clarke/Rosa Kouri: The Campus Climate Challenge - Innovative Multi-Stakeholder Approaches to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Canadian Colleges and Universities – Susan R. Kephart/Catherine A. Collins: Fostering Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Communication, and Action Among Diverse Populations – Nitin Chaudhary: An Assessment of India’s Efforts on Education, Awareness and Capacity Building on Climate Change – Estelle Gaillard/Jo-Anne Ferreira: Engaging Australians on Climate Change - The Role of Education and Communication in Social Change – Sam Wong: Linking Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Technologies to Develop a ‘People-Centred’ Intervention Framework – B. Rothstein/A. Scholten/E. Nilson/R. Baumhauer: Sensitivity of Bulk-Cargo Dependent Industries to Climate Change - First Results of a Case Study from the River Rhine.