Climate: The Force That Shapes Our World and the Future of Life on Earth

Overview

Spectacular state-of-the-art imagery and the latest scientific knowledge highlight a breathtaking guide to nature’s most cataclysmic forces.

Encyclopedic in scope and visually stunning, this is the most comprehensive work ever published on the earth’s climate—an awesome force that, at different points in time, has wiped out 95 percent of all living creatures, plunged the world into ice ages, and played a leading role in every stage of human evolution. Climate:

• explains extreme...

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Overview

Spectacular state-of-the-art imagery and the latest scientific knowledge highlight a breathtaking guide to nature’s most cataclysmic forces.

Encyclopedic in scope and visually stunning, this is the most comprehensive work ever published on the earth’s climate—an awesome force that, at different points in time, has wiped out 95 percent of all living creatures, plunged the world into ice ages, and played a leading role in every stage of human evolution. Climate:

• explains extreme weather-related events, from the destruction of coral reefs in Belize to eroding coastlines in the South Pacific

• presents expert predictions about what is in store for the world’s climate in the short- and long-term future

• demonstrates climate’s devastating force through 630 full-color illustrations, including digitally generated imagery, graphs, diagrams, geographical maps, and satellite photos

Explaining how our modern lifestyles shift the earth’s climate, the authors sound a warning bell: We may be witnessing the beginnings of a mass extinction, caused not by an ice age, asteroids, or volcanoes, but by what might be an even more destructive force—ourselves. And they offer steps we can take before it’s too late to avoid a global disaster.

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This all-too-timely book spotlights the omnipresent, sometimes utterly destructive force of climate. Climate's promotional copy calls it "the most comprehensive work ever published on the earth's climate." Even that claim can't be easily proven, its 630 spectacular full-color photos and up-to-date scientific text make it a general reader's dream. Climate describes the incremental effect of weather-related events on our coastlines and habitations and presents both long-term and short-term predictions. A fine gift for any nature lover and/or anybody concerned with global warming.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615531691
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/19/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JENNIE HOFFMAN, PhD, a professor at the Ocean Research College Academy in Everett, Washington, is a marine biologist and World Wildlife Fund consultant. She specializes in larval ecology, the effects of ultraviolet radiation, and the design of protected landscapes.

TINA TIN, PhD, is a World Wildlife Fund–affiliated climatologist specializing in the impact of climate change in the polar regions. Currently, when she’s not at her home in France, she is conducting research on Antarctic sea ice.

GEORGE OCHOA has written or co-written over 25 books, including the New York Public Library’s Book of Answers, and The Wilson Chronology of Science and Technology. He lives with his wife and daughter outside New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : is climate changing? 8
Ch. 1 The birth of climate 16
Ch. 2 Prehistoric climates 36
Ch. 3 Climate and humankind 52
Ch. 4 Human impact on climate 84
Ch. 5 Too hot to handle 96
Ch. 6 Melting snow and ice 112
Ch. 7 Water : too much and not enough 130
Ch. 8 Rising seas 156
Ch. 9 Changing ecosystems 172
Ch. 10 Cities under siege 192
Ch. 11 Extreme weather 208
Ch. 12 Our future : biome by biome 222
Ch. 13 Limiting climate change 238
Ch. 14 Adapt we must 256
App A chronology of climate 270
App Charting climate change 274
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