International Perspectives on Climate Change: Latin America and Beyond

Springer Science & Business Media
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This collected volume deals with emerging issues related to climate variation, climate change and adaptation technologies, with a special focus on Latin American countries. Presenting a variety of adaptation strategies and projects currently being undertaken and implemented, the book showcases how Latin American nations are struggling to meet the challenges of climate change. Latin America as a whole and Central America in particular is one of the most vulnerable regions of the world and is severely affected by recurrent extreme climate-related events. This volume documents and analyzes the main challenges and lessons learned, serving to disseminate knowledge beyond the region and enhance international research and policy cooperation.
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About the author

Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DL, DLitt, DEd) is a Senior Professor and Head of the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and at London Metropolitan University Business School.
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Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Mar 24, 2014
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Pages
316
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ISBN
9783319044897
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economics / General
Business & Economics / Environmental Economics
Science / Earth Sciences / General
Science / Environmental Science
Science / Global Warming & Climate Change
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