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At a time when the evidence is stronger than ever that human activity is the primary cause for global climate change, William Ruddiman's breakthrough text returns in a thoroughly updated new edition. It offers a clear, engaging, objective portrait of the current state of climate science, including compelling recent findings on anthropogenic global warming and important advances in understanding past climates.

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In this introductory climate science textbook, Ruddiman (environmental sciences, U. of Virginia) summarizes 550 million years of Earth's climate changes, including the impact by and on humans. Some of the recurring factors described include glaciations, monsoons, flow of deep water in the ocean, the role of carbon as it moves through the Earth's system, and other factors that contribute to icehouse or greenhouse worlds. Coverage extends to predictions about future climate changes. The text is accompanied by numerous color photographs and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716737414
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 465
  • Product dimensions: 8.45 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Framework of Climate Science
1. Overview of Climate Science
2. Earths Climate System Today
3. Climate Archives, Data, and Models

Part II Tectonic-Scale Climate Change
4. CO2 and Long-Term Climate
5. Plate Tectonics and Long-Term Climate
6. Greenhouse Climate
7. From Greenhouse to Icehouse: The Last 50 Million Years

Part III Orbital-Scale Climate Change
8. Astronomical Control of Solar Radiation
9. Insolation Control of Monsoons
10. Insolation Control of Ice Sheets
11. Orbital-Scale Changes in Carbon Dioxide and Methane
12. Orbital-Scale Interactions, Feedbacks, and Unsolved Mysteries

Part IV Glacial/Deglacial Climate Change
13. The Last Glacial Maximum
14. Climate During and Since the Last Deglaciation
15. Millennial Oscillations of Climate

Part V Historical and Future Climate Change
16. Humans and Preindustrial Climate
17. Climate Changes During the Last 1,000 Years
18. Climatic Changes Since 1850
19. Causes of Warming over the Last 125 Years
20. Future Climatic Change

Appendix 1: Isotopes of Oxygen
Appendix 2: Isotopes of Carbon

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