Global Warming: Causes, Effects, and the Future

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Planet Earth is warming faster than at any other time in the past 1,000 years and there is little doubt that human activity is to blame.
Global warming is being caused by the massive increase in greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, put into the atmosphere. Burning fossil fuel has already elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide to their highest for the last 20 million years. The most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) leaves us with ...
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Overview

Planet Earth is warming faster than at any other time in the past 1,000 years and there is little doubt that human activity is to blame.
Global warming is being caused by the massive increase in greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, put into the atmosphere. Burning fossil fuel has already elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide to their highest for the last 20 million years. The most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) leaves us with little doubt that the scientific uncertainties of global warming are essentially resolved. The IPCC report predicts that global temperatures could rise by 5.8oC and sea level by 30 inches by year 2100. Global warming will have wide-ranging and devastating effects on the natural environment, human society, and world economy.
This book explains what global warming is, presents the evidence that it is really happening, and examines the devastating effects global warming will have on human society, including drastic changes in health, agriculture, water resources, coastal regions, storminess, forests and wildlife. Moreover, the book discusses the latest developments in the global politics of global warming and what exactly was achieved at the IPCC Bonn meeting in July 2001.
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This is a wonderful series that features gorgeous and abundant full-color photos accompanied by informative texts by wildlife photographers and naturalists. Beavers, for example, is by a wildlife photographer who has written three previous books on beavers and has even been allowed by the New Jersey Dept. of Fish and Game to keep beavers in captivity for months at a time. He covers the characteristics of the beaver, dam building, seasons in a beaver's life, beavers and man, and suggestions on watching beavers, in succinct, fact-filled prose, accompanied by wonderful photos. Global Warming, by a lecturer at the Department of Geography of London's University College, lucidly defines global warming, provides a brief history, discusses who is producing the pollution, and describes the evidence and the impact, along with providing suggestions for what can be done. Illustrations explain concepts like the cooling factor and the great ocean conveyor belt, and there are striking photos of glaciers, hurricanes, and more. For all libraries. (WorldLife Library series) Category: Nature & Ecology. KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Voyageur Press, 72p. illus. maps. tables. index.,
— Paula Rohrlick; KLIATT
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Maslin defines and gives a brief overview of the problem, then continues with chapters on the producers of pollution, the evidence and impacts of global warming, and what we can do about it. One chapter describes the devastation that could accompany changes to the Gulf Stream and the Amazon rain forest and/or the release of gas hydrates that "lurk- [b]elow the world's oceans and permafrost." The author states unequivocally that global warming is due, in large part, to human activity. He also maintains that a strong worldwide commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, combined with immediate adaptation mechanisms such as the development of alternative energy sources, will reduce or prevent its worst potential consequences. A short list of recommended readings relies heavily on scientific reports. More than 50 color photos and charts explicate the text.-Dori DeSpain, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Midwest Book Review October 2007

“A fine review of what global warming is and how it’s affecting the planet. Where similar books sport a weighty appearance lending to college-level pursuit, this slim paperback offers a more user-friendly presentation and makes it a fine recommendation to both high school and general-interest library collections, especially in light of the numerous color photos throughout.”

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896585874
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Series: Worldlife Library Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mark Maslin is the author of over 60 articles and books on past and future climate change. He has been involved in three major ocean drilling expeditions to the central North Atlantic, the Amazon delta and deep-sea fan complex, and the southwest African coast. He is a lecturer at the Environmental Change Research Centre, Department of Geography, University College London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
What is Global Warming? 9
Brief History of Global Warming 17
Who is Producing the Pollution? 25
The Evidence for Global Warming 29
The Impacts of Global Warming 39
Surprises 57
What Can We Do? 65
Index 72
Recommended Reading / Biographical Note 72
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