Global Warming: The Complete Briefing / Edition 4by John Houghton
Pub. Date: 05/31/2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Global Warming and the resulting climate change is one of the most serious environmental problems facing the world community. Simply put, Global Warming: the Complete Briefing is the most comprehensive guide available to the science and the politics of global warming. A world-renowned expert, Sir John Houghton explores the scientific basis of global warming and the likely impacts of climate change, before addressing the action that could be taken by governments, by industry and by individuals to mitigate the effects. This completely updated new edition will again prove to be the best briefing the student or interested general reader could wish for.From reviews of the first edition:'It is difficult to imagine how Houghton's exposition of this complex body of information might be substantially improved upon....Seldom has such a complex topic been presented with such remarkable simplicity , directness and crystalline clarity....Houghton's complete briefing is without doubt the best briefing the concerned citizen could hope to find within the pages of a pocketable book.'John Perry Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society'For the non-technical reader, the best program guide to the political and scientific debate is John Houghton's ... With this book in hand you are ready to make sense of the debate and reach your own conclusions'Alan Hecht Climate Change'This is a remarkable book. ... It is a model of clear exposition and comprehensible writing........Quite apart from its value as a background reader for science teachers and students, it would make a splendid basis for a sixth-form general course' Andrew Bishop Association for Science Education
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Table of ContentsIntroduction to the first edition; Introduction to the second edition; Introduction to the third edition; Introduction to the fourth edition; 1. Global warming and climate change; 2. The Greenhouse effect; 3. The Greenhouse gases; 4. Climates of the past; 5. Modelling the climate; 6. Climate change for the twenty-first century and beyond; 7. The impacts of climate change; 8. Why should we be concerned?; 9. Weighing the uncertainty; 10. Strategy for action to slow and stabilize climate change; 11. Energy and transport for the future; 12. The Global Village; Glossary; Index.
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I've read several books on the subject and this is one of the best in my opinion. To a non-scientist the subject can be a bit overwhelming and this text is not without a comment or two that I just couldn't fully understand. But for the most part he presents a rational and complete overview of the subject and what needs to be done. Other authors I'm sure would say Houghton isn't going far enough in his recommendations for target CO2 emissions but he is trying to be realistic in what a world truly addicted to fossil fuels is likely to do and how soon.