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Global Warming in the 21st Century [Three Volumes] [3 volumes]
     

Global Warming in the 21st Century [Three Volumes] [3 volumes]

by Bruce E. Johansen
 

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Evidence of rising temperatures, melting ice, rising sea levels, and damage to flora and fauna on land and in the oceans has been accumulating for several decades. Scientific bodies around the world have traced this trend to increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, most of it attributable to the consumption of fossil fuels.

Overview

Evidence of rising temperatures, melting ice, rising sea levels, and damage to flora and fauna on land and in the oceans has been accumulating for several decades. Scientific bodies around the world have traced this trend to increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, most of it attributable to the consumption of fossil fuels. Despite the evidence, political debate still rages over the existence of global warming. Global Warming in the 21st Century provides a detailed review of the accumulating evidence of global warming, from the Arctic and Antarctic to the tropics, focusing special attention on a number of processes that will accelerate warming as the century passes. Extensive warming also could endanger sea life through the devastation of phytoplankton populations at the base of the oceanic food chain.

Bruce Johansen presents scientific theories on the subject that conflict with popular assumptions and explains that global warming is a slow-motion crisis in which the effects of greenhouse gas emissions are not evident in the atmosphere until roughly a half-century after they occur. Extensive reports from scientific literature explain how ozone depletion in the stratosphere and warming near the surface of the Earth are related. This three-volume work also proposes detailed solutions to global warming, including a worldwide overhaul in energy systems that will go beyond the initial diplomatic efforts of the Kyoto Protocol.

Editorial Reviews

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"Johansen is an accomplished wordsmith who uses his fluency in the natural sciences and the human condition to fashion a compelling argument for change in the energy industry. Although he couches his apocalyptic view of future global climate change within a context of real events, his anecdotal descriptions of melting glaciers, drowning polar bears looking for Arctic ice, spruce bark beetles destroying forests, Russian peat bogs smoldering, and grass sprouting on the Antarctic peninsula are factual and alarming. The first recorded landing of sea turtles on Kodiak Island in Alaska, northern permafrost that is no longer permanent, the projected loss of the maple sugar industry in New England, increasing numbers of wildfires, and, of course, dramatic increases in summer temperatures in the Arctic and global illustrations of elevated sea levels add impetus to Johansen's concerns. . . . [T]he subject of global climate change is expertly presented. The three-volume set concludes with a list of solutions to the current threat, along with many useful references. Highly recommended. All levels." - Choice

"Johansen serves a wake-up call to naysayers, listing the scientific evidence of global warming in terms of its effects on icecaps, oceans, plants, and animals. He also provides examples of how the United States and other nations are (or are not) reacting to this impending catastrophe. . . . Recommended." - Library Journal

"Presenting scientific theories that conflict with popular assumptions, explaining that global warming is a slow-motion crisis in which the effects of greenhouse gas emissions are not evident in the atmosphere until roughly a half-century after they occur, and proposing detailed solutions including a worldwide overhaul in energy systems that will go beyond the initial diplomatic efforts of the Kyoto Protocol." - Natural Resources Journal

"A great value of the three-volume work of which this is the first in the breadth of topics presented on the climate change associated with global warming. Introductory chapters provide an excellent review of basic climate-change science, the complexity of the issue, and the underappreciated impact of feedback loops." - Science Books & Films

"The snows of Mount Kilimanjaro will soon cease to exist. Manhattan will be covered inch by inch by the Atlantic. There is nothing we can do. Johansen compares popular assumptions such as these with the science that agrees or conflicts with them. Johansen notes that greenhouse gas emissions are not evident in the atmosphere until about 50 years after they occur, resulting in a slow-motion crisis. He describes the science behind the crisis and its evolving paradigm and evidence of global warming in weather patterns and trends, explains the phenomenon of melting ice and warming seas around the world, including the aforesaid sea-level rise, and describes mass extinction in plants and animals in global warming and the effects on human health. He offers a comprehensive solution by changing the way we view energy. The bibliography is very impressive." - SciTech Book News

"Bruce Johansen's three-volume compendium, Global Warming in the 21st Century, is a definitive guide to what has become one of the year's most contorversial topics." - Kirkus Reviews

"This three-volume reference work provides a comprehensive, objective, and up-to-date overview of global warming for the scientifically literate nonspecialist. . . . One of the most comprehensive reference works available on global warming, it belongs in all academic libraries." - Reference & User Services Quarterly

Library Journal
Johansen (communication & Native American studies, Univ. of Nebraska) presents an updated and expanded version of his 2001 book, The Global Warming Desk Reference, although neither title can be characterized as a reference source in the traditional sense. Three volumes-Our Evolving Climate Crisis, Melting Ice and Warming Seas, and Plants and Animals in Peril-are divided into 20 chapters, each approximately 20-50 pages long. Johansen serves a wake-up call to naysayers, listing the scientific evidence of global warming in terms of its effects on icecaps, oceans, plants, and animals. He also provides examples of how the United States and other nations are (or are not) reacting to this impending catastrophe. Although he uses scientific data to back his argument, Johansen seems to rely heavily on newspaper reportage. The use of more than 80 black-and-white photographs diminishes the impact of seeing, e.g., the receding snow on Mount Kilimanjaro. Perhaps not as well written as Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth or Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, this book may nonetheless be useful to students for its compilation of facts and 100-page bibliography. However, for an overview of such specific topics as the Kyoto Protocol, they would be better off with a resource like the Encyclopedia of Global Change. Recommended as a supplementary purchase for public libraries and undergraduate collections.-Teresa U. Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Libs., Knoxville Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275985851
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Series:
Praeger Perspectives Series
Pages:
928
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 3.20(d)

What People are Saying About This

Mark Lynas

"Bruce Johansen's three-volume epic, Global Warming in the 21st Century, is in many ways the work the world has been waiting for. Scientifically authoritative, fully comprehensive but excellently written, this is the ultimate work on the ultimate threat. It has long been established that global warming presents the greatest threat ever to human and natural survival. Well, Global Warming in the 21st Century presents the definitive guide to the nature of this threat and what we can do to avert it."

Mark Lynas, author of High Tide: The Truth about Our Climate Crisis

Ross Gelbspan

"Of all the reference books on global warming, none is as thorough, thoughtful and easy to navigate as Bruce Johansen's series. His grasp of the science is as meticulous as his presentation is lucid. Combining clear reporting of the impacts of a warming atmosphere with ground-level descriptions from people affected by these ominous changes, Johansen has provided a lasting and invaluable resource about a subject that will only continue to attract more and more attention in the coming years."

Ross Gelbspan, author, The Heat is On and Boiling Point

Ross Gelbspan
"Of all the reference books on global warming, none is as thorough, thoughtful and easy to navigate as Bruce Johansen's series. His grasp of the science is as meticulous as his presentation is lucid. Combining clear reporting of the impacts of a warming atmosphere with ground-level descriptions from people affected by these ominous changes, Johansen has provided a lasting and invaluable resource about a subject that will only continue to attract more and more attention in the coming years."
Mark Lynas
"Bruce Johansen's three-volume epic, Global Warming in the 21st Century, is in many ways the work the world has been waiting for. Scientifically authoritative, fully comprehensive but excellently written, this is the ultimate work on the ultimate threat. It has long been established that global warming presents the greatest threat ever to human and natural survival. Well, Global Warming in the 21st Century presents the definitive guide to the nature of this threat and what we can do to avert it."

Meet the Author

Bruce E. Johansen is Frederick W. Kayser Professor of Communication and Native American Studies, University of Nebraska. He is the author of dozens of books, including The Dirty Dozen: Toxic Chemicals and the Earth's Future, The Global Warming Desk Reference, and The Native Peoples of North America. He is series editor of Praeger's Native America: Yesterday and Today.

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