John Houghton’s market-leading textbook is now in full color and includes the latest IPCC findings, making it the definitive guide to climate change. Written for students across a wide range of disciplines, its simple, logical flow of ideas gives an invaluable grounding in the science and impacts of climate change and highlights the need for action on global warming. Is there evidence for climate changing due to human activities? How do we account for recent extremes of weather and climate? Can global electricity provision and transport ever be carbon free? Written by a leading figure at the forefront of action to confront humanity’s most serious environmental problem, this undergraduate textbook comprehensively explores these and other issues, allowing students to think through the problem, assess the data and draw conclusions on the action that should be taken, by governments, by industry and by each and every one of us.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction to the first edition; Introduction to the second edition; Introduction to the third edition; Introduction to the fourth edition; 1. Global warming and climate change; 2. The Greenhouse effect; 3. The Greenhouse gases; 4. Climates of the past; 5. Modelling the climate; 6. Climate change for the twenty-first century and beyond; 7. The impacts of climate change; 8. Why should we be concerned?; 9. Weighing the uncertainty; 10. Strategy for action to slow and stabilize climate change; 11. Energy and transport for the future; 12. The Global Village; Glossary; Index.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.