Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming

Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming

by Michael Mann, Lee R. Kump
     
 

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About the Author:
Michael E. Mann is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University and the Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center

About the Author:
Lee R. Kump is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University and an associate of

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About the Author:
Michael E. Mann is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University and the Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center

About the Author:
Lee R. Kump is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University and an associate of the Penn State Earth System Science Center and the Penn State Astrobiology Research Center

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KLIATT - Nola Theiss
Dire Predictions helps the reader traverse the difficult terrain of climate change facts and figures through the use of photos, charts, and maps. It doesn't downplay the science behind the articles, but it really is all about presentation and the implications of that science. The authors are both professors of geosciences and they are able to make the information palatable to even the most science-phobic reader. They do this by dividing the material into an introduction that explains the credentials and methods used to develop their conclusions, followed by five chapters: Climate Change Basics; Climate Change Projects; The Impacts of Climate Change; Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change; and Solving Global Warming. While describing climate change as "one of the greatest, if not the greatest, challenge ever faced by human society," they believe that if we work together, we have a good chance of success. The book ends with a glossary and index. I found this book to be one of the clearest and easiest to digest explanations of climate change I have ever read. Students may feel called to action and the authors give them ideas of what they need to do as the newest guardians of the Earth. Reviewer: Nola Theiss

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756639952
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
07/21/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University, with joint

appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems

Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of

California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology &

Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and

observational data to better understand Earth's climate system.

Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and

was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003.

He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA's outstanding publication award in

2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and

technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace

Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and

was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife

Federation in 2013. He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He is a

Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Mann is author of more than 160 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two

books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming in 2008 and The Hockey Stick and

the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines in 2012. He is also a co-founder and avid

contributor to the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.

Lee R. Kump is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences, and an associate of the Earth

System Science Center and Astrobiology Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University. A

native of Minnesota, he received his bachelor's degree in geophysical sciences from the University

of Chicago in 1981, and his Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of South Florida in 1986.

While in Florida he spent two summers as a geologist with the United States Geological Survey's

Fisher Island Station. In August of 1986 he joined the faculty at Penn State.

Dr. Kump is a Fellow of the Geological Societies of America and London, and a member of the

American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, and the Geochemistry Division of the

American Chemical Society. His research has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency,

the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Gas Research Institute, the Petroleum Research Fund

of the American Chemical Society, and Texaco. Dr. Kump became Associate Director of the CIAR

Earth System Evolution Program in 2004. Dr. Kump's primary research effort is in the development

of numerical models of global biogeochemical cycles. His early work focussed on the carbon and

sulfur cycles, and on the feedbacks that regulate atmospheric oxygen levels. More recently his

emphasis has shifted to the study of the dynamic coupling between global climate and

biogeochemical cycles. He studies the long-term evolution of the oceans and atmosphere, using a

combination of field work, laboratory analysis, and numerical modeling.

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