Global Warming (Global Issues)

Overview

Global Warming is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on this key challenge facing the world today. This book contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's affect in the United States and several other countries. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools, such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an ...

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Overview

Global Warming is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on this key challenge facing the world today. This book contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's affect in the United States and several other countries. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools, such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an annotated bibliography, and more. A foreword written by an expert in the field complements the text. A chronology, glossary, and index provide additional help.

Earth's climate is changing, and although the scientific community debates the exact correlation between human activity and climatic change, there is almost universal consensus that human activities directly affect Earth's climate-an idea referred to as global warming.

Many scientists now advocate that countries take an active role in limiting the damage they cause, which has expanded the movement concerned about global warming from an environmental campaign to a political and social one. Global Warming offers a clear account of the science behind climate change, the potential harm that industrial economies cause to the environment, the international debates that have emerged, and the potential for mitigation. The volume explores specific case studies from the United States, Brazil, Australia, Germany, and China and analyzes the impact each country's industry has had on the climate and the steps each is taking to ensure a sustainable future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816081264
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Series: Facts on File Global Issues Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Kerry Harrison Cook v

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations ix

Part I At Issue

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Historical Background 3

The Science of Climate Change 6

Present and Future Climate Change 34

Adaptation and Mitigation 54

Chapter 2 Focus on the United States 66

Historical Background 66

Climate Change and the United States 85

Adaptation and Mitigation 91

Chapter 3 Global Perspectives 102

Brazil: Fuel v. Forests 102

Australia: High and Dry 109

Germany: Leader of the Pack 116

China: The Development Dilemma 122

Part II Primary Sources

Chapter 4 United States Documents 139

Chapter 5 International Documents 194

Part III Research Tools

Chapter 6 How to Research Global Warming 221

Using This Book's Resources 221

Finding Information Independently 222

Accessing the Library's Information Online 223

Using the Internet to Find Information 224

Finding Reliable Information 225

Chapter 7 Facts and Figures 232

Science and Global Climate Change 232

United States 246

Chapter 8 Key Players A to Z 252

Chapter 9 Organizations and Agencies 261

Chapter 10 Annotated Bibliography 275

Science 276

Policy, Impacts, and Mitigation 288

Nonprint Resources 300

Web Sites and Documents 304

Chronology 311

Glossary 320

Index 327

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