Climate Change: Observed impacts on Planet Earth

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The climate of the Earth is always changing. As the debate over the implications of changes in the Earth's climate has grown, the term climate change has come torefer primarilyto changes we've seen over recent years and those which are predicted to be coming, mainly as a result of human behavior.This book serves as a broad, accessible guide to the science behind this often political and heated debate by providing scientific detail and evidence in language that is clear to both the non-specialist and the serious student.

• provides all the scientific evidence for and possible causes of climate change in one book
• written by expert scientists working in the field
• logical, non-emotional conclusions
• a source book for the latest findings on climate change

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Editorial Reviews

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CHOICE, December 2009: "This book encompasses 25 chapters written by 30 international experts on climate change . . . The chapter treatments are concise and authoritative . . . The book is well constructed and includes 30 high-quality color plates illustrating striking climate phenomena; references are provided at the end of each chapter. This work is complemented by Letcher's Future Energy (2008). Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections."—F. T. Manheim, George Mason University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780444533012
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/12/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor M Letcher is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past Director of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and his research involves the thermodynamics of liquid mixtures and energy from landfill. He was awarded the South African Chemical Institute’s Gold medal in 1999 and in 2000 he was awarded the South African Gold medal by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 250 papers in peer review journals and has edited, co-edited and written eleven books in his research and related fields. His latest books include Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Materials for a Sustainable Future (2012), Waste (2011), Heat Capacities (2010), Climate Change (2009) and Future Energy (2008).

His leisure activities involve regular hikes with the Mendip Ramblers, woodwork (long case clocks) and wood turning, gardening at home and on his allotment, theatre, reading and playing golf.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword, Preface, List of Contributors


1. The Role of Atmospheric Gases in Global Warming
2. The Role of Widespread Surface Solar Radiation Trends in Climate Change: Dimming and Brightening
3. The Role of Space Weather and Cosmic Ray Effects in Climate Change
4. The Role of Volcanic Activity in Climate and Global Change
5. The Role of Variations of the Earth’s Orbital Characteristics in Climate Change


6. A Geological History of Climate Change


7. Changes in the Circulation of the Atmosphere as Indicators of Climate Change
8. Weather Pattern Changes in the Tropics and Mid-Latitudes as an Indicator of Global Change
9. Bird Ecology as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change
10. Mammal Ecology as an Indicator of Climate Change
11. Climate Change and Temporal and Spatial Mismatches in Insect Communities
12. Sea Life (Pelagic and Planktonic Ecosystems) as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change
13. Changes in Coral Reef Ecosystems as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change
14. Changes in Marine Biodiversity as an Indicator of Climate Change
15. Inter-tidal Indicators of Climate and Global Change
16. Plant Ecology as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change
17. The Impact of Climate and Global Change on Crop Production
18. Rising Sea Level as an Indicator of Global Change
19. Sea Temperature Change as an Indicator of Global Change
20. Ocean Current Changes as an Indicator of Global Change
21. Ocean Acidification as an Indicator of Global Change
22. Ice Sheets: Instruments and Indicators of Global Change
23. Lichens as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change
24. Coastline Degradation as an Indicator of Global Change
25. Plant Pathogens as Indicators of Climate Change

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