The greenhouse effect: Reality, consequences and solutions

René Ducroux, Philippe Jean-Baptiste, Patrice Drevet (Foreword), Jean Jouzel (Foreword)
CNRS, 2004

The greenhouse effect: Reality, consequences and solutions

Summary :
The greenhouse effect is one of the major problems of our twentieth century. The climatic consequences are starting to be felt (droughts, floods, climatic extremes like the heat wave of summer 2003 in Europe) and worry not only climate experts but also most political decision-makers, convinced of the need to take action. corrective actions. But what is the greenhouse effect? Are the forecasts of climate change reliable? What does studying past climates teach us? Where do greenhouse gases come from? What will be the consequences of climate change in the world but also in France? Can we reverse the current trend? What are the different technological solutions and the main lines of research to fight against the greenhouse effect? How much will it cost ? Governments have started to realize the problem. Thus, in January 2000, France defined a program to combat climate change. What about today ? Following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the United Nations created a Framework Convention on Climate Change, which resulted in the famous Kyoto Protocol. After the withdrawal of the United States, where are we in the application of this protocol? Will the greenhouse gas limitation objectives be achieved? So many questions that this book tries to answer by considering the problematic of the greenhouse effect as a whole. It thus contributes to the necessary awareness of the role of human activities on the climate and opens avenues to be explored so that the greenhouse effect can one day be stabilized.

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