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Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century?

Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century?

by Stephen H. Schneider, Sierra Club Staff
     
 
"How important is a degree of temperature change' A degree or two temperature change is not a trivial number in global terms and it usually takes nature hundreds of thousands of years to bring it about on her own. We may be doing that in decades ... Humans are putting pollutants into the atmosphere at such a rate that we could be changing the climate on a sustained

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"How important is a degree of temperature change' A degree or two temperature change is not a trivial number in global terms and it usually takes nature hundreds of thousands of years to bring it about on her own. We may be doing that in decades ... Humans are putting pollutants into the atmosphere at such a rate that we could be changing the climate on a sustained basis some ten to a hundred times faster than nature has since the height of the last ice age." Stephen H. Schneider This essential book examines the causes of world-wide climatic change - the 'greenhouse effect' - that may raise world temperatures by five degrees Celsius in less than a century. Author Stephen H. Schneider describes the likely consequences - from agricultural changes and rises in sea level to public health issues and social upheaval - and addresses the most important and urgent question that anyone concerned with the fate of our planet must confront: 'What can or should be done about the greenhouse effect'' Global Warming offers a prophetic look at a year in the greenhouse century, one of slowly increasing global temperatures (a century that may have already begun). The immediate scenarios are grave: population pressures combined with devastating floods and hurricanes drive millions of 'environmental refugees from South East Asia to find homes in Australia; California smothers under heat, smog, water shortages, and raging forest fires; and New York experiences summer heat waves so intense that hospital emergency rooms are jammed with victims. The outlook for Britain could be equally serious: the UN predicts that global warming may cause severe winter storms, the flooding of coastal defences, and even malaria in Southern England. Dr Schneider provides and authoritative and entertaining look at the science, personalities and politics behind the problem of global warming. He explains in clear, non-technical language what is scientifically well known, what is speculative, and where the major uncertainties lie. He presents an overview of sixty million years of global climate history, explaining the mechanisms that regulate climate, demonstrates how a few degrees variation can precipitate dramatic evens such as the Ice Age, and discusses how predictions are made by computer modelling to anticipate climatic changes into the next century. Global Warming provides a revealing inside look at the problems scientists encounter in dealing with other scientists, politicians and the media. Although statesmen have called for a giant international effort to tackle the issue, few concrete measures have been taken so far. Global Warming outlines the ways individuals, governments and businesses can work together to slow down the damage our impact has inflicted on the planet, and help make global development more environmentally sustainable.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Climatologist Schneider of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., and coauthor of The Coevolution of Climate and Life , presents in accessible terms scientific facts about the greenhouse effect and global warming, building a convincing argument for concern. After tracing the history of natural climatic changes over the millennia, he assesses the damage done by human interventions in the natural system and surveys the mathematical computer models that allow scientists to predict the future. He outlines some of the things we must do to slow the process and adapt to the drastic changes that are certain to affect the planet. Aware that alarmist predictions can cause controversy and confusion, the author maintains a level-headed tone without minimizing the dangers faced by humankind. This is an important book by a scientist who seeks to educate the public without causing panic. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Global warming due to the greenhouse effect is potentially one of the greatest challenges to face humans in the future. Schneider, a well-known climatologist and co-author, with Randi Londer, of The Coevolution of Climate and Life ( LJ 5/15/84), explains the greenhouse effect, recounts recent scientific work on atmospheric warming, including uncertainties and controversies, and gives advice on what could be done to ameliorate potential rapid climate change. This is a good, up-to-date book, better for general audiences than The Challenge of Global Warming , edited by Dean Abrahamson ( LJ 6/15/89). And, despite the lack of proper bibliography, this is also a good introduction to the greenhouse problem for students. It is recommended for public and academic libraries.-- Joseph Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
School Library Journal
YA-- A good introduction to the complexity of environmental issues, Global Warming offers a look at a year in the greenhouse century. The near-future scenarios are frightening, but thought provoking. The public policy issues that will need to be decided on an international/global scale are worthy of discussion at all educational levels. In order to choose the best representatives, the people must be made aware of the options and their consequences so as to make informed decisions. High-school students, especially those who have studied chemistry and physics, will find this an authoritative look at a problem facing the world today. --Carolyn Henebry, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, TX
Booknews
Climatologist and environmentalist Schneider presents his views on the science, history, and policy issues of major climatic changes. For the general reader. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871566935
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.24(d)

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