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The Climate Crisis

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  • 6 tables
  • Page extent: 260 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 0.73 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521407441)

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An incredible wealth of scientific data on global warming has been collected in the last few decades. The history of the Earth’s climate has been probed by drilling into polar ice sheets and sediment layers of the oceans’ vast depths, and great advances have been made in computer modeling of our climate. This book provides a concise and accessible overview of what we know about ongoing climate change and its impacts, and what we can do to confront the climate crisis. Using clear and simple graphics in full color, it lucidly highlights information contained in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, and brings the subject completely up-to-date with current science and policy. The book makes essential scientific information on this critical topic accessible to a broad audience. Obtaining sound information is the first step in preventing a serious, long-lasting degradation of our planet’s climate, helping to ensure our future survival.


Preface; 1. Retrospective: what we knew and when we knew it; 2. Earth's energy budget; 3. Climate change so far; 4. Snow and ice; 5. How the oceans are changing; 6. The past is the key to the future; 7. What the future holds; 8. Impacts of climate change; 9. Avoiding climate change; 10. Climate policy; References; Index.


‘David Archer and Stefan Rahmstorf - two outstanding scientists - bring us up-to-date on climate science in this remarkable and very readable book. This book deserves to be read by anyone interested in climate change.' Professor Paul Crutzen, Max Plank Institute for Chemistry, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 1995, for explaining the ozone hole

'The key findings of the IPCC, written in plain and simple terms. Great value in informing the public at large about the science underlying the growing challenge of climate change.’ Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC and Director-General of The Energy Resources Institute

'Both scientists contributed to IPCC(1997) Vol. 1, and are well qualified to write on this topic. Neither of them is a sceptic. As the subtitle An introductory Guide implies, the book is suitable for undergraduates and first–year graduate students.' CMOS Bulletin

"... well written ... This book should be read by anyone who is interested in climate change but does not have the time or commitment to read the IPCC reports." Eos

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