Global Climate Change / Edition 1

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Overview

This collection of essays is designed to introduce students to the topic of global climate change from multidisciplinary perspectives. It begins with the premise that global warming is occurring and climate change poses a threat to our natural environment and the health of future generations. The contributors approach the topic with the belief that the more knowledgeable students are about the topic, the better equipped they will be for meeting the challenge of changing global climate.

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A useful introduction that assumes no scientific background and uses relatively accessible language. The treatment of topics is generally accurate, and the continuity between chapters is excellent.
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A useful introduction that assumes no scientific background and uses relatively accessible language. The treatment of topics is generally accurate, and the continuity between chapters is excellent.
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These small volumes are designed to present current environmental concerns in a focused, accessible format. Spray (political science, Elon U.) and McGlothlin (biology, U. of the South) have written the introduction and conclusion to this volume, which contains chapters by American specialists on the geology, atmospheric physics, ecology, anthropology, economics, and politics of climate change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Sharon Spray is professor of political science at Elon College, and Karen McGlothlin is professor of biology at the University of the South.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 From Ice Cores to Tree Rings: Understanding Climate Change from a Geological Perspective Chapter 2 Beyond the Horizon: Understanding the Atmospheric Physics of Climate Change Chapter 3 Ecosystems in Danger: An Ecological Perspective on Climate Change Chapter 4 Cultural Responses to Climate Change: An Anthropological Perspective Chapter 5 Money, Markets and Priorities: An Economic Perspective on Climate Change Chapter 6 Negotiating our Climate: Understanding the Politics of Climate Change Chapter 7 Conclusion: The Long Road Ahead

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

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    Great book for all interested readers

    The authors of Global Climate Change, Sharon L. Spray and Karen L. McGlothlin, present the public with an excellent book that offers great introductory knowledge to global climate change. The authors were clever when it came to the organization of the book by the way they divided it in half to balance studies from natural sciences with studies from social sciences and humanities. I feel it is important when investigating a topic such as this one to explore it from as many different perspectives as possible. That is exactly what Spray and McGlothlin did. Global Climate Change poses a threat to our natural environment and ecosystems and the health of future generations. It is an extraordinarily complex and will prove to be a struggle across cultural, political, and social lines. The authors address all of these concerns in away that is not only informative, but also enjoyable to read. Whether a first time reader on the topic of climate change, or an experienced researcher of the phenomenon, the perspectives put forth from the various fields of study offer great in-depth investigations of global climate change.

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