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Your guide to climate change effects on Australia.

Ian Lowe, recently elected President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University, is one of the country's most respected authorities on global warming. He is a key member of the Australian Climate Group and has contributed to the UN--sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In Living in the Hothouse, his 17th book, just released by Scribe Publications, Professor Lowe has put together a timely and comprehensive catalogue of predicted effects of climate change on Australian life. After a review of the current knowledge on global warming, the book examines the likely implications for agriculture, forestry, water resources, coastal development, native ecosystems, and human health, among other potential scenarios.

Professor Lowe sets out why we will see major climatic change effects occurring in the next seven decades, but Living in the Hothouse is also a 'call to arms'. It details the latest thinking on strategies and policies necessary to prevent the 'cataclysmic' change that will likely ensue without dramatic changes to our current business-as-usual scenario. Rather than being fatalistic, however, Lowe urges politicians and the general public to pragmatically acknowledge what lies ahead, and to take immediate responsibility for implementing mitigation measures and planning a sustainable future. Lowe's book is a timely, accessible reference for those thinking ahead.

Living in the Hothouse: How global warming affects Australia Ian Lowe

Scribe, 2005, Paperback ISBN: 1920769412 RRP: $26.95

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Title Annotation:Living in the Hothouse: How global warming affects Australia
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Date:Apr 1, 2005
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