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Overview

Global warming and the resulting climate change are among the most serious environmental problems facing the world community. Global Warming: The Complete Briefing is the most comprehensive guide available to the subject. A world-renowned expert, Sir John Houghton explores the scientific basis of global warming and the likely impacts of climate change on human society, before addressing the action that could be taken by governments, by industry and by individuals to mitigate the effects. The first two editions received excellent reviews, and this completely updated new edition will prove to be the best briefing the student or interested general reader could wish for.
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Editorial Reviews

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Sir John Houghton, in this Fourth Edition of his book: "Global Warming: The Complete Briefing", has written what should be the last word in this magisterial presentation of the latest science based very much on the IPCC Assessments. ... The book, almost seductively, leads the reader through the essential science behind the issue of climate change. ...[it] treats the science in a balanced, understandable and rigorous manner." - John Stone, Bulletin of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanography Society

Praise for the 3rd Edition: "...this book definitely lives up to its title. Highly recommended." R.M. Ferguson, Eastern Connecticut State University, CHOICE

"...the best single-volume guide to the science of climate change." Times Literary Supplement

"...I highly recommend this textbook." EOS, Keith Alverson

"...a widely praised book on global warming and its consequences." The Economist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521882569
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2009
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir John Houghton CBE, FRS is a former Chairman of the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Chairman of the UK's Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Vice President of the World Meteorological Organisation, President of the Royal Meteorological Society, and Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Oxford University. He was Chief Executive of the UK Meteorological Office from 1983 to his retirement in 1991. As well as the previous editions of this book, he is author of The Physics of Atmospheres (Cambridge University Press, in three editions), and has published numerous research papers and contributed to many influential research documents.

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Table of Contents

1 Global warming and climate change 1
2 The greenhouse effect 14
3 The greenhouse gases 28
4 Climates of the past 56
5 Modelling the climate 77
6 Climate change in the twenty-first century and beyond 115
7 The impacts of climate change 143
8 Why should we be concerned? 197
9 Weighing the uncertainty 216
10 A strategy for action to slow and stabilise climate change 242
11 Energy and transport for the future 268
12 The global village 322
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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Excellent resource

    I've read several books on the subject and this is one of the best in my opinion. To a non-scientist the subject can be a bit overwhelming and this text is not without a comment or two that I just couldn't fully understand. But for the most part he presents a rational and complete overview of the subject and what needs to be done. Other authors I'm sure would say Houghton isn't going far enough in his recommendations for target CO2 emissions but he is trying to be realistic in what a world truly addicted to fossil fuels is likely to do and how soon.

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