The Discovery of Global Warming / Edition 2

The Discovery of Global Warming / Edition 2

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by Spencer R. Weart
     
 

ISBN-10: 067403189X

ISBN-13: 9780674031890

Pub. Date: 10/15/2008

Publisher: Harvard

The award-winning book is now revised and expanded.

In 2001 an international panel of distinguished climate scientists announced that the world was warming at a rate without precedent during at least the last ten millennia, and that warming was caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases from human activity. The story of how scientists reached that

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The award-winning book is now revised and expanded.

In 2001 an international panel of distinguished climate scientists announced that the world was warming at a rate without precedent during at least the last ten millennia, and that warming was caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases from human activity. The story of how scientists reached that conclusion—by way of unexpected twists and turns—was the story Spencer Weart told in The Discovery of Global Warming. Now he brings his award-winning account up to date, revised throughout to reflect the latest science and with a new conclusion that shows how the scientific consensus caught fire among the general world public, and how a new understanding of the human meaning of climate change spurred individuals and governments to action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674031890
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Series:
New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine Series, #13
Edition description:
Revised and Expanded Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
604,034
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  1. How Could Climate Change?
  2. Discovering a Possibility
  3. A Delicate System
  4. A Visible Threat
  5. Public Warnings
  6. The Erratic Beast
  7. Breaking into Politics
  8. Speaking Science to Power
  9. The Work Completed...and Begun

  • Reflections
  • Milestones
  • Notes
  • Index

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The Discovery of Global Warming 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It provided a background for me on why there is so much controversy on global warming.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Drawing from scientific discoveries in oceanography, meteorology, geochemistry, biology and astrophysics, author Spencer R. Weart draws you into the puzzle of climate change as it is unfolding through time. No one person had an "aha" moment and discovered global warming. Instead, today's understanding required an accumulation of theories from disparate areas of research, shaped by the rigors of the scientific method. These discoveries convinced most scientists that global warming is a serious phenomenon. Weart outlines the scientific process that led to today's climate diagnosis. He also relates lively stories about the people behind the discoveries. That may not be as immediately applicable, but getAbstract finds that it is illuminating and could help readers feel like insiders in this fight.