The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate

The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate

by David Archer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691148112

ISBN-13: 9780691148113

Pub. Date: 07/26/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Global warming is usually represented as a relatively short-term problem, with most projections ending at the year 2100. In The Long Thaw, David Archer, one of the world's leading climatologists, shows how a few centuries of fossil-fuel use will change the climate of the Earth dramatically for hundreds of thousands of years. The great ice sheets in Antarctica and

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Global warming is usually represented as a relatively short-term problem, with most projections ending at the year 2100. In The Long Thaw, David Archer, one of the world's leading climatologists, shows how a few centuries of fossil-fuel use will change the climate of the Earth dramatically for hundreds of thousands of years. The great ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland may take more than a century to melt, and the overall change in sea level will be one hundred times what is forecast for 2100. A planet-wide thaw driven by humans has already begun, but Archer argues that it is still not too late to avert dangerous climate change-if humans can find a way to cooperate as never before.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148113
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Series:
Science Essentials Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue. Global Warming in Geologic Time 1

Section I The Present

Chapter 1 The Greenhouse Effect 15

Chapter 2 We've Seen It With Our Own Eyes 30

Chapter 3 Forecast of the Century 45

Section II The Past

Chapter 4 Millennial Climate Cycles 57

Chapter 5 Glacial Climate Cycles 69

Chapter 6 Geologic Climate Cycles 78

Chapter 7 The Present in the Bosom of the Past 91

Section III The Future

Chapter 8 The Fate of Fossil Fuel Co2 101

Chapter 9 Acidifying the Ocean 114

Chapter 10 Carbon Cycle Feedbacks 125

Chapter 11 Sea Level in the Deep Future 137

Chapter 12 Orbits, CO2, and the Next Ice Age 149

Epilogue. Carbon Economics and Ethics 158

Further Reading 175

Index 179

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