Climate Change: Picturing the Science

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An unprecedented union of scientific analysis and stunning photography illustrating the effects of climate change on the global ecosystem.
Going beyond the headlines, this work by leading NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt and master photographer Joshua Wolfe illustrates as never before the ramifications of shifting climate. Photographic spreads show retreating glaciers, sinking villages in Alaska’s tundra, and drying lakes. The text follows adventurous scientists through the ...

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Overview

An unprecedented union of scientific analysis and stunning photography illustrating the effects of climate change on the global ecosystem.
Going beyond the headlines, this work by leading NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt and master photographer Joshua Wolfe illustrates as never before the ramifications of shifting climate. Photographic spreads show retreating glaciers, sinking villages in Alaska’s tundra, and drying lakes. The text follows adventurous scientists through the ice caps at the poles to the coral reefs of the tropical seas. Marshaling data spanning centuries and continents, the book sparkles with cutting-edge research and visual records, including contributions from experts on atmospheric science, oceanography, paleoclimatology, technology, politics, and the polar regions. As Jeffrey D. Sachs writes in his powerful foreword, “Climate Change is a tour de force of public education.”

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Editorial Reviews

Jerry Beilinson - Popular Mechanics
“The first book anyone seeking a layman's understanding of the science of global warming should read…one of the most reasonable, unflappable, pleasantly humorous and least stuffy experts in any subject that we've met.”
Laura Shin - The New York Times
“Gavin Schmidt, a NASA climatologist, has in many ways become the news media’s conscience on climate science, exposing exaggeration and opinion in climate coverage…[a] no-nonsense approach.”
Peter Dizikes - Salon
“A rich photographic record of a warming world.”
Bill Hewitt - Nature Reports
“A broad diversity of images that are, in many cases, truly arresting…informative discussions of the key issues in climate science and policy…The numerous ‘Cool, I didn't know that!’ moments are an enjoyable aspect…[A]n important contribution.”
Seed Magazine
“[A] masterful account of the science of climate change…It will leave you both in awe of the Earth we inhabit and of the science itself, with all of its uncertainties and incomplete answers.”
Popular Science
“Breathtaking images.”
Jason Zasky - Failure Magazine
“[A]n impressive, informative and surprisingly accessible work, leaps and bounds ahead of the half-baked analysis consumers have come to expect from the corporate media…compelling.”
Leonard David - Space Coalition Blog
“[A]n inspired work… a compelling and captivating book.”
Donna Seaman - Booklist
“A combination of arresting images and lucid explanations of the science of global warming and the pursuit of global cooperation in adopting new, sustainable ways of living….the coverage is clear and bracing....In the midst of sobering reportage, the authors manage to appeal to our fascination with epic challenges.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393331257
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 565,616
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gavin Schmidt

Gavin Schmidt is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies as well as a cofounder of RealClimate.org.

Joshua Wolfe’s photography, represented by the Henry Gregg Gallery, has appeared in Outside, Time Out, and the Village Voice. He is a founder of GHG Photos, a leading photography agency focusing on climate change. Wolfe has won the Sierra Club 2009 Ansel Adams Award, which honors an individual who has made superlative use of still photography to further a conservation cause.

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