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Facing up to Global Warming
Facing up to Global Warming is a primer for students of all ages that explores the causes and ramifications of global warming on climate, and helps them to understand how individual actions are the cause but also the solution to stabilizing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. In order to meet national greenhouse gas reduction targets every one of us has to play his or her part in this global effort to slow and eventually halt global warming and minimize climate disruption. Facing up to Global Warming takes you on a personal journey that will both alert you to the problems but also reassure you that it is possible to make a difference. Published by Springer (New York) in the summer 2015 the text takes you on a personal exploration of the problems and how you can make a difference. You don't have to be part of a College course to do this module just join in.
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The concept of sustainability and the need to tackle global warming by reducing carbon emissions are now globally accepted. Businesses throughout the world are trying to cap their emissions and actively meet reduction targets. This includes universities who are also keen to play their part to help Governments meet their National reduction targets agreed under the UN Doha or Kyoto protocols. In the UK this means an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, based on 1990 levels, by 2050.
Nearly 700 universities and colleges in the US have signed the American College and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment to reduce emissions by adopting action plans based on emission reduction targets. The Higher Education Funding Council for England have also committed all universities to develop carbon management strategies and adopt targets for greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 based on 2005 levels. Many of these and other universities are also part of the International Sustainable Campus Network.