Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Controlling Climate Change


  • Author: Bert Metz, European Climate Foundation
  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521747844

£ 44.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Request inspection copy

Lecturers may request a copy of this title for inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • An unbiased and comprehensive overview, based on the findings of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Using no jargon, it looks at tackling and adapting to man-made climate change, and works through the often confusing potential solutions. Bert Metz is the former co-chair of the IPCC, at the center of international climate change negotiations. His insider expertise provides a cutting edge assessment of issues at the top of the political agenda. He leads the reader succinctly through ambitious mitigation scenarios, in combination with adapting our future societies to different climate conditions and the potential costs of these measures. Illustrations and extensive boxed examples motivate students to engage with this essential global debate, and questions for each chapter are available online for course instructors. Minimal technical language also makes this book valuable to anyone with an interest in action to combat climate change.

    • A comprehensive and up-to-date overview of one of the most important and topical issues of our time
    • Neutral and accessible account of the difficulties of costs, and implementation, of options to control climate change
    • Bert Metz is a former co-chair of the IPCC and speaks with great authority on adaptation and mitigation of climate change
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'No one has put together as encompassing and profound understanding of the scientific and politics of climate change as has Bert Metz. Whether as negotiator, analyst or leading force in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Metz brings to the global debate the ability to bridge the clarity demanded by the lay public to the intellectual subtlety of an experts' expert. A book for our time that looks far beyond.' Thomas C. Heller, Stanford University

    'This book is a clear and lucid account of the interaction between Climate Change and Development. It provides lessons for both the academic community and those in public policy that need to take action to control climate change.' Professor Ogunlade R. Davidson, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Sierra Leone and Former Vice-Chair and Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    'This is the book that I will use and refer to for my courses and training sessions on climate change mitigation and adaptation. If you are looking for practical solutions for a sustainable transition to control climate change then this is the ideal book. Bert Metz led the IPCC process with wisdom and passion, and he has now used his freedom of expression and excellent insight to explain how a better common future can be ensured.' Joyashree Roy, Jadavpur University, and Coordinating Leader Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    'Bert Metz distills several decades of accumulated insights and experience from the top climate change positions into one condensed sourcebook of wisdom. No-one else can see the 'mitigation universe' so comprehensively and from so many perspectives as he can, and he does not shy away from discussing some of the most sensitive issues or even perceived taboos. It is the ultimate synthesis of what you ever wanted or needed to know about climate change mitigation, written in a clear, easily navigable, very accessible language.' Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Central European University

    '… the book manages to cover a breadth of material in a very accessible and somewhat varied format. … provid[es] a broad overview of the IPCC's scientific findings, whilst including interesting and engaging mini case-study insights on areas from biogas digester programmes in China to Tanzania's vulnerability to climate change impacts. … This book is most definitely a useful reference text if you quickly need to know what the Kyoto Protocol entails, a summary of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, or the potential impact of shifting transport modes.' Area

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521747844
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 188 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 167 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 44 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Climate change and its impacts: a short summary
    2. Greenhouse gas emissions
    3. Keeping climate change within sustainable limits: where to draw the line?
    4. Development first
    5. Energy supply
    6. Transportation
    7. Buildings
    8. Industry and waste management
    9. Land use, agriculture and forestry
    10. How does it fit together?
    11. Policies and measures
    12. International climate change agreements

  • Resources for

    Controlling Climate Change

    Bert Metz

    General Resources

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    This title is supported by one or more locked resources. Access to locked resources is granted exclusively by Cambridge University Press to lecturers whose faculty status has been verified. To gain access to locked resources, lecturers should sign in to or register for a Cambridge user account.

    Please use locked resources responsibly and exercise your professional discretion when choosing how you share these materials with your students. Other lecturers may wish to use locked resources for assessment purposes and their usefulness is undermined when the source files (for example, solution manuals or test banks) are shared online or via social networks.

    Supplementary resources are subject to copyright. Lecturers are permitted to view, print or download these resources for use in their teaching, but may not change them or use them for commercial gain.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please contact

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Climate Change and Development
    • Climate Change and Security
    • Climate Disruption
    • Climate Policy and Technology
    • Climate Science and Solutions Seminar
    • Global Climate Change Law & Policy
    • The Process of Economic Development
    • Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Sustainable Energy
  • Author

    Bert Metz, European Climate Foundation
    Bert Metz has vast experience in the field of climate change policy. He served as the co-ordinator of climate policy at the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment and chief negotiator for the Netherlands and the European Union in the international climate change negotiations from 1992–1998. He was elected co-chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group on climate change mitigation for the IPCC Third Assessment Report (1997–2002) and re-elected for the Fourth Assessment report (2002–2008; in which period the IPCC received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize). At the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency from 1998–2005, he led the group on climate change and global sustainability, publishing a large series of national and international policy analyses on climate change and sustainability. Since retiring, he is serving as advisor to the European Climate Foundation and other organisations. In 2009 he received the European Practitioner Achievement Award in applying environmental economics from the European Association for Environmental and Resource Economists.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.