The Discovery of Global Warming: Revised and Expanded Edition / Edition 2 available in Paperback
The award-winning book is now revised and expanded.
In 2001 an international panel of distinguished climate scientists announced that the world was warming at a rate without precedent during at least the last ten millennia, and that warming was caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases from human activity. The story of how scientists reached that conclusionby way of unexpected twists and turnswas the story Spencer Weart told in The Discovery of Global Warming. Now he brings his award-winning account up to date, revised throughout to reflect the latest science and with a new conclusion that shows how the scientific consensus caught fire among the general world public, and how a new understanding of the human meaning of climate change spurred individuals and governments to action.
|Series:||New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine Series , #13|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
Spencer R. Weart is Director Emeritus of the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics.
Table of Contents
- How Could Climate Change?
- Discovering a Possibility
- A Delicate System
- A Visible Threat
- Public Warnings
- The Erratic Beast
- Breaking into Politics
- Speaking Science to Power
- The Work Completed...and Begun
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. It provided a background for me on why there is so much controversy on global warming.
Drawing from scientific discoveries in oceanography, meteorology, geochemistry, biology and astrophysics, author Spencer R. Weart draws you into the puzzle of climate change as it is unfolding through time. No one person had an "aha" moment and discovered global warming. Instead, today's understanding required an accumulation of theories from disparate areas of research, shaped by the rigors of the scientific method. These discoveries convinced most scientists that global warming is a serious phenomenon. Weart outlines the scientific process that led to today's climate diagnosis. He also relates lively stories about the people behind the discoveries. That may not be as immediately applicable, but getAbstract finds that it is illuminating and could help readers feel like insiders in this fight.