Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change

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The Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change helps readers learn about the astonishingly intricate processes that make ours the only planet known to be habitable. These three volumes include more than 750 articles that explore major topics related to global warming and climate change-ranging geographically from the North Pole to the South Pole, and thematically from social effects to scientific causes. Key Features Contains a 4-color, 16-page insert that is a comprehensive introduction to the complexities of global warming Includes coverage of the science and history of climate change, the polarizing controversies over climate-change theories, the role of societies, the industrial and economic factors, and the sociological aspects of climate change Emphasizes the importance of the effects, responsibilities, and ethics of climate change Presents contributions from leading scholars and institutional experts in the geosciences Serves as a general resource for geography, oceanography, biology, climatology, history, and many other subjects The Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change provides a primarily nonscientific resource to understanding the complexities of climate change for academic and public libraries.

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"...This is a useful set because of the individual country entries as well as the general-audience language..."
"...This is a useful set because of the individual country entries as well as the general-audience language... "
Library Journal
This set, edited by Philander (geosciences, Princeton Univ.; Is the Temperature Rising?: The Uncertain Science of Global Warming), is intended to help non-scientists understand the complexities of climate change. Most of the entries are accessible to a broad range of readers, but some contain technical language. This new edition has 39 more entries than appeared in the 2008 work. Many sections on state universities and their climate programs have been dropped, including those covering the Universities of Kentucky, Delaware, and Illinois, while a number of international conferences and meetings have been added. Other new articles include "Indigenous Communities," "Fossil Fuels," "Carbon Offsets," and more. Almost half of the entries have been updated; some are only minimally altered, while others have been completely rewritten or merged with other entries. Illustrations in the new edition are in grayscale (the previous edition included a color insert) and are effective overall though lacking on subjects without strong color variations, such as clouds, tornados, and some landscapes. The main body of this work has 300 more pages of content than Steven Dutch's Encyclopedia of Global Warming, with twice as many biographies and 773 topics compared to Dutch's 535. Entries in both sets include the same basic information with minor variations in presentation, but Philander's language tends to be more challenging, and his content is more current. VERDICT A solid, comprehensive resource for high school and undergraduate students or those who want more information on climate change.—Susanne Caro, University of Montana Lib., Missoula
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—With 40 new articles ("Climate-Gate," "Obama Administration") and extensive revision to the rest of the content, this updated version of the 2008 edition offers students and, to use the editor's quaint term, "laymen" close looks at recent developments. The set also examines broad historical, scientific, national, geographical, political, and thematic pictures of climate change's mechanisms, effects, and controversies. Along with topical entries ranging from "Abrupt Climate Changes" to "Community-Based Adaptation," the alphabetically arranged articles include separate discussions about each country and each state in the U.S., biographies of major climatologists, and profiles of a large number of relevant academic and other organizations. The previous edition's color section has been dropped (though the online version of the work features color and multimedia enhancements), but the articles are interspersed with generous quantities of charts, tables, and black-and-white photos. Most articles close with cross-references and citations for further reading aplenty—backed up by an extensive guide to general subject resources and a comprehensive index, both in Volume 3. A high overall level of technical and mathematical detail makes this most suitable for academic environments, though advanced students can manage it. The amount of new material on such a high-demand subject gives this revision a leg up over both the first edition and older resources such as Steven I. Dutch's Encyclopedia of Global Warming (Salem, 2009), which is for the same audience as this work.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412958783
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1552
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 5.40 (d)

Meet the Author

S. George Philander, Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University and Research Director of ACCESS (African Centre for Climate and Earth System Science) in Cape Town, South Africa, has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cape Town and a Ph.D. (Applied Mathematics) from Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Philander’s research interests include the oceanic circulation, interactions between the ocean and atmosphere that result in phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña, paleoclimates (including the recurrent Ice Ages of the past three million years), and future global climate changes. His two books for laypersons, Is the Temperature Rising? The Uncertain Science of Global Warming and Our Affair With El Niño: How We Transformed an Enchanting Peruvian Current Into a Global Climate Hazard, reflect his keen interest in improving communications between scientists and laymen. The goal of the African climate center, which Dr. Philander is currently directing, is to give Africa its own voice on environmental issues such as global warming.
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