Climate Change in Context by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner

By Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner

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CLEAN DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM: One of the three mechanisms set up by the Kyoto Protocol to, in theory, allow reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions to be implemented where they are most economical. Under the Clean Development Mechanism, polluters in wealthy countries can obtain carbon credits (greenhouse pollution rights) by funding reductions in greenhouse emissions in developing countries. CLIMATE: The average weather (usually taken over a 30-year time period) for a particular region and time period.

BISTABILITY: The property of a system that it can exist in two stable states: a dinner plate, for example, is stable lying on either side, but not balanced on edge. A tipping point often exists in bistable systems, beyond which transition to the other stable state becomes automatic. , the plate) to move all the way to one of its stable states. Some feedbacks in the climate system may be bistable. BLACK CARBON: A type of aerosol (small, airborne particle) consisting mostly of carbon: includes soot, charcoal, and some other dark organic particles.

ECONOMIC MODEL: Mathematical representation of economic processes. , discovery or exhaustion of a primary energy source). ’’ ECOSYNTHESIS: May refer either to imagined techniques for implanting ecosystems in terraformed alien planetary environments (not practical in the foreseeable future), or to the introduction of non-native species into disrupted ecosystems with the intent of speeding recovery of those ecosystems. ECO-TERRORISM: Criminal violence against persons or property carried out by an environmentally oriented group for symbolic purposes.

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