Introduction: The Tropics: A Region Defined by Climate

  • Robert ValeEmail author
  • Brenda Vale


The Tropics is a region defined by geography rather than by political boundaries. This makes it a region also defined by climate. Global climate is changing as a result of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Temperature increases as a consequence of climate change are likely to be most severe in the Tropics, a region which is home to 40% of the global population, but produces only 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. This book provides a wide range of examples that have been proposed by researchers to show the practical contributions that the Tropics can make in response to climate change. These contributions can assist in solving a problem largely imposed on the region by the rest of the world.


The tropics Geography Climate change Effects of temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture and DesignVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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