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A non-heated discussion on global warming and climate change
Interested in getting to the core of the reasons for the Earth's changing climate? Want an accurate reading on the science behind global warming? Here's your gauge! This easy-to-follow guide offers a temperate view of this hot topic.
Global Warming & Climate Change Demystified starts by looking at scientific data gathered from weather instruments, satellite telemetry, ice cores, and coral sections that reveal how the Earth's temperature is changing. The book goes on to examine the causes of climate change, including both natural processes and human-generated greenhouse gases. Finally, the consequences of global warming are discussed and a wide variety of viable solutions that can be implemented by individuals as well as society as a whole are presented. Complete with end-of-chapter quizzes and a final review to test your knowledge, this book will teach you the fundamentals of global warming and climate change in an unbiased and thorough manner.
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Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Global Warming & Climate Change Demystified is your shortcut to understanding this important and timely issue.
Chapter 1. Global Perspective—Thinking About the Earth
PART ONE: WHAT WE KNOW AND HOW WE KNOW IT
Chapter 2. Taking the Earth's Temperature
Chapter 3. Signs of Global Warming
PART TWO: WHY CLIMATE CHANGES
Chapter 4. The Earth's Thermostat—Keeping the Earth Warm
Chapter 5. Greenhouse Chemistry
Chapter 6. Origin and Impact of Greenhouse Gases
PART THREE: WHAT WE CAN EXPECT AND WHAT WE CAN DO
Chapter 7. Consequences of Global Warming
Chapter 8. Resetting the Earth's Thermostat—Solutions
Appendix A. Glossary
Appendix B. Milestones in the History of Climate Change
Appendix C. Satellites That Monitor Weather and Climate
Appendix D. Units of Measurement Applied to Climate Change
Appendix E. Selected Resources
Appendix F. Summary of Key Climate Variables
Appendix G. Lingering Doubts and Concerns
Appendix H. Answers to Chapter Review Questions
Appendix I. Answers to Final Exam
Posted March 24, 2008
Of the many books written on the topic of global warming and climate change, this one has impressed me in several ways. For one thing it lays out the science in a straightforward way. The book is honest and direct with the facts. It does not over-dramatize the problem as some other books have done. The reader is given the opportunity to respond to the issue without being beaten over the head with a political agenda. The case for global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels however is made clear. Its effects in terms of impact are also spelled out in convincing detail. What I like best is the section on solutions. This is not a lets-be-green for a day feel good book. The solutions go well beyond just screwing in more efficient light bulbs or everyone doing their part. Specific changes to how we generate energy and transport people are spelled out. Coal will be a dominant source of electric power for the next several decades and this book provides a very practical and realistic insight into what needs to be done to reduce its impact on climate. I also like the fact that this book is up to date in that it includes the most recent results from the IPCC and the Bali confernece. There are several good books coming out on the subject of climate change, but I think this one is definitely worth the time to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2008