1. In the Beginning

  1. Daniel D. Perlmutter1 and
  2. Robert L. Rothstein2

Published Online: 1 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch1

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

How to Cite

Perlmutter, D. D. and Rothstein, R. L. (2010) In the Beginning, in The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    Colgate University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654989

Online ISBN: 9781444328523



  • energy and the environment and global warming - the beginnings;
  • energy and the environment - difficult questions to answer;
  • global warming, human actions - major factor in global warming;
  • 10–20-year “window of opportunity” - policies, adapting to global warming and mitigating increase in global temperatures;
  • Obama administration's response, a loose analogy - danger threatening US financial system;
  • massive multidimensional policy responses - preventing devastating implosion;
  • science and politics of climate change - new information from sources;
  • energy storage surveys, and proposed technologies - highlighting strengths and weaknesses;
  • governments' part, strong actions lacking - a vacuum, into which political activists have moved;
  • Vice President Al Gore's effort - raising public support, for immediate and massive responses to global warming


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Viewpoint Taken

  • What is Your Problem?

  • The Challenges We Face

  • Notes and References