The Impacts of Climate Change

The Impacts of Climate Change

A Comprehensive Study of Physical, Biophysical, Social, and Political Issues

1st Edition - May 9, 2021

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  • Editor: Trevor Letcher
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128223741
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128223734

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The Impacts of Climate Change: A Comprehensive Study of Physical, Biophysical, Social and Political Issues presents the very real issues associated with climate change and global warming and how it affects the planet and everyone on it. From a physical perspective, the book covers such topics as population pressures, food issues, rising sea-levels and coastline degradation, and health. It then goes on to present social impacts, such as humanitarian issues, ethics, adaptation, urban issues, local action, and socio-economic issues. Finally, it addresses the political impacts, such as justice issues and politics of climate change in different locations. By offering this holistic review of the latest impacts of climate change, the book helps researchers to better understand what needs to be done in order to move toward renewable energy, change societal habits, and move toward sustainable development.

Key Features

  • Offers comprehensive coverage of the impacts of climate change from multiple perspectives (physical, social, and political) to develop synergy across disciplines
  • Presents the latest research and developments on the understanding of climate change impacts on a variety of scales and disciplines
  • Includes case studies and extensive references for further exploration


Researchers and graduate students in environmental science, social science, and engineering working on sustainability problems. Policy makers, NGOs, and government organizations

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    2. The melting of Glaciers and Climate Change
    3. Climate Change and Biodiversity
    4. Effect of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystems
    5. Natural Disasters Caused by Climate Change
    6. Climate Change and Microorganisms
    7. Effect of Climate Change on Food Production (Fishing)
    8. Effect of Climate Change on Food Production (Animal Products)

    9. Social Issues Related to Climate Change and Food Production (Crops)
    10. Climate Change and World Population
    11. The Social Impacts of Rising Sea Levels on Populations Living in Low Lying Areas
    12. Economics, Ecology and Climate Change
    13. Societal Adaption to Climate Change
    14. Social Attitudes – Methodologies to Help Shape Attitudes to Climate Change
    15. Risk and Climate Change
    16. Effect of Climate Change on The Insurance Sector
    17. Game Theory and Climate Change
    18. Urban Life and Climate Change

    19. Security Implications of Climate Change: With a Focus on Armed Conflict
    20. Climate Change Governance
    21. Justice and Climate Change
    22. Climate Change and The Law
    23. Ethics of Measuring The Impacts of Climate Change (The Morally Relevant Assumptions That Go Into Standard Discounted Utilitarian Cost-benefit Analyses)
    24. Climate Refugees

Product details

  • No. of pages: 570
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: May 9, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128223741
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128223734

About the Editor

Trevor Letcher

Trevor Letcher
Professor Trevor Letcher is an Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and living in the United Kingdom. He was previously Professor of Chemistry, and Head of Department, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University, and Natal, in South Africa (1969-2004). He has published over 300 papers on areas such as chemical thermodynamic and waste from landfill in peer reviewed journals, and 100 papers in popular science and education journals. Prof. Letcher has edited and/or written 32 major books, of which 22 were published by Elsevier, on topics ranging from future energy, climate change, storing energy, waste, tyre waste and recycling, wind energy, solar energy, managing global warming, plastic waste, renewable energy, and environmental disasters. He has been awarded gold medals by the South African Institute of Chemistry and the South African Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics honoured him with a Festschrift in 2018. He is a life member of both the Royal Society of Chemistry (London) and the South African Institute of Chemistry. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, and is a Director of the Board of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics since 2002.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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