Introduction to Climate Change Mitigation

  • Maximilian Lackner
  • Wei-Yin Chen
  • Toshio Suzuki
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Since the first edition of the Handbook, important new research findings on climate change have been gathered. The handbook was extended to also cover, apart from climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation as one can witness increasing initiatives to cope with the phenomenon. Instrumental recording shows a temperature increase of 0.5 °C Le Houérou (J Arid Environ 34:133–185, 1996) with rather different regional patterns and trends (Folland CK, Karl TR, Nicholls N, Nyenzi BS, Parker DE, Vinnikov KYA (1992) Observed climate variability and change. In: Houghton JT, Callander BA, Varney SDK (eds) Climate change, the supplementary report to the IPCC scientific assessment. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp 135–170). Over the last several million years, there have been warmer and colder periods on Earth, and the climate fluctuates for a variety of natural reasons as data from tree rings, pollen, and ice core samples have shown. However, human activities on Earth have reached an extent that they impact the globe in potentially catastrophic ways. This chapter is an introduction to climate change.


Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation Climate Change Mitigation Greenhouse Effect Radiative Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maximilian Lackner
    • 1
  • Wei-Yin Chen
    • 2
  • Toshio Suzuki
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Chemical EngineeringVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of MississippiUniversityUSA
  3. 3.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)NagoyaJapan

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