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Posted April 6, 2009
How scientists confirmed global warming
Drawing from scientific discoveries in oceanography, meteorology, geochemistry, biology and astrophysics, author Spencer R. Weart draws you into the puzzle of climate change as it is unfolding through time. No one person had an "aha" moment and discovered global warming. Instead, today's understanding required an accumulation of theories from disparate areas of research, shaped by the rigors of the scientific method. These discoveries convinced most scientists that global warming is a serious phenomenon. Weart outlines the scientific process that led to today's climate diagnosis. He also relates lively stories about the people behind the discoveries. That may not be as immediately applicable, but getAbstract finds that it is illuminating and could help readers feel like insiders in this fight.
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Posted December 3, 2004
A Good Overview, but Incomplete
This book gives a good historical and scientific overview of global warming. Among the things it covers well are where the idea came from about 100 years ago, the way science now works and its unquenchable thirst for ever increasing funding, the complexity of the global climate, and how our understanding of the the global climate is basically determined by the sophistication and power of the computer programs used to model it. On the down side, little unbiased attention is given to the dissenters from the current global warming concensus, and, in the end, although the evidence is convincing that warming has occurred over the last century or so, how much of it is due human civilization (i.e., the fossil fuel economy) and how much is due to the inherent cyclicality of the global climate is not elucidated. Also, specifics are not given on the consequences of the rise in temperature. An understanding of this is necessary to determine the best approach to the problem.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.