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 ...See more details below

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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 ...

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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)

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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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