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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been issuing the essential facts and figures on climate change for nearly two decades. But the hundreds of pages of scientific evidence quoted for accuracy by the media and scientists alike, remain inscrutable to the general public who may still question the validity of climate change.

Esteemed climate scientists Michael E. Mann and Lee R. Kump, have partnered with DK Publishing to present Dire Predictions--an important book in this time of global need. Dire Predictions presents the information documented by the IPCC in an illustrated, visually-stunning, and undeniably powerful way to the lay reader. The scientific findings that provide validity to the implications of climate change are presented in clear-cut graphic elements, striking images, and understandable analogies.

Readers will be able to understand the IPCC reports' key concepts such as scientific uncertainty. They will also learn how to build a climate model and use it to predict future climates. Geoforensics is presented as a way to learn from the past by piecing together clues from prior climates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136044352
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael E. Mann is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Meterology and Geocsciences, and the Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. His work, along with that of others who also contributed to the IPCC reports, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2007-a distinction the IPCC shares with Al Gore.

Lee R. Kump is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences, and an associate of the Earth System Science Center and Astrobiology Research at Pennsylvania State University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Goals of the Book and the IPCC Report

Part 1:  Climate Change Basics
The Relative Impacts of Humans and Nature on Climate
Taking Action in the Face of Uncertainty: The Role of the Scientist in Global Change Policy Making
Why is it Called The Greenhouse Effect?
Feedback Loops Compound the Greenhouse Effect
What Are the Important Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?
Isn’t Carbon Dioxide Causing the Hole in the Ozone Layer?
Greenhouse Gases on the Rise
It’s Getting Hotter Down Here!  Surface Temperature Observations:
Is Our Atmosphere Really Warming?
Back to the Future: Deep Time Holds Clues to Greenhouse Climates
But Weren’t Scientists Warning Us of an Imminent Ice Age Only Decades Ago?
How Does Modern Warming Differ from Past Warming Trends?
Signs of Things to Come: A Decade of Western North American Drought
Signs of Things to Come: The European Heat Wave of Summer 2003
A Tempest in a Greenhouse: Have Hurricanes Become More Frequent and Intense?
The Vanishing Snows of Kilimanjaro: An Icon of Climate Change?
The Day after Tomorrow: Will the Ocean’s Conveyor Belt Shut Down?
The Last Interglacial Period as Analogue For the Future
How to Build a Climate Model
James Hansen Biographical Sketch
Climate Models Help Us to Assess Changing Climate Trends
Regional vs. Global Trends
‘Fingerprints’ Can Distinguish Human and Natural Impacts on Climate
Part 2:  Projections of Future Climate Change
How Sensitive is theClimate? Modern Observations
How Sensitive is the Climate? Evidence from Past Centuries
How Sensitive is the Climate? Evidence From Deep Time
Fossil Fuel Emission Scenarios: Predicting the Possibilities
The Next Century: How Will The Climate Change?  Part 1
The Next Century: How Will the Climate Change? Part 2
The Geographical Pattern of Future Warming
Carbon Cycle Feedbacks: Nature’s Response to Increasing Atmospheric CO2
Coral Reefs: Will Ocean Acidification be their Demise?
Melting Ice and Rising Sea Level
Future Changes in Extreme Weather
Stabilizing Atmospheric CO2: Is a Greenhouse World a Better World?
Part 3:  The Impacts of Climate Change
The Rising Impact of Global Warming
Is it Time to Sell that Beach House?
Ecosystems: Worth Saving?
The Highway to Extinction?
James Lovelock Biographical Sketch (
Water: Too Much and Too Little
Is Warming from Carbon Dioxide Leading to More Air Pollution?
Pestilence and Death
Earth, Wind, and Fire: Impacts on North America
Too Wet and Too Hot: Impacts on Europe
The Polar Meltdown
Part 4: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
Is Global Warming the Last Straw for Vulnerable Ecosystems? How Human Activity has Changed the Rules of the Game
To Adapt or To Mitigate? What is the Best Course for the Coming Century 
It’s the Economy, Stupid: The Cost of Action vs. Inaction
A Finger in the Dike: Adapting to Sea Level Rise
Water Management
A Hard Row to Hoe: Adapting Farming and Agricultural Practices
Part 5:  Solving Global Warming
Solving Global Warming
Where Are All Those Emissions Coming From?
Global Energy Supply: Keeping the Power Turned On
On the Road Again
Building Green
Odorless, Colorless, and Non-toxic, but Still a Threat: Industrial CO2 Pollution
Greener Acres
Forests: Source or Sink for Atmospheric CO2?
One Person’s Garbage is Another’s Carbon Mitigation Strategy
Geoengineering: Having Our Cake and Eating it Too!
But What Can I Do About It?
What’s Your Carbon Footprint?  
Global Problems Require International Cooperation
Can We Achieve Sustainable Development?
The Ethics of Climate Change
The Known Unknowns and the Unknown Unknowns
The Urgency of Climate Change: Why We Must Act Now

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