Dire Predictions Understanding Global Warming

ISBN-10: 0136044352
ISBN-13: 9780136044352
Edition: 2009
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Description: KEY MESSAGE:In this groundbreaking volume, esteemed climate scientists Mann and Kump distill the sheer volume of scientific data on climate change into a compelling, manageable presentation.Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warmingexpands upon  More...

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List price: $28.80
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prentice Hall Higher Education
Publication date: 6/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

KEY MESSAGE:In this groundbreaking volume, esteemed climate scientists Mann and Kump distill the sheer volume of scientific data on climate change into a compelling, manageable presentation.Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warmingexpands upon essential findings in a visually stunning and undeniably powerful manner, with clear-cut graphic elements, striking images, and understandable analogies. The authors avoid complicated chemical and mathematical data, focusing instead on building important concepts.nbsp; IPCC Report. Climate Change Basics. Projections of Future Climate Change. The Impacts of Climate Change. Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change. Solving Global Warming.MARKET: For all readers interested in learning more, and making informed decisions, regarding climate change.

"Lee R. KumpGeology" and is now editor of the "Virtual Journal of Geobiology" and associate editor of "Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta." He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, and received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Geological Society of America in 2000. Dr. Kump's research interests include the behavior of nutrient and trace elements in natural environments, the evolution of ocean and atmosphere composition on geologic time scales, biogeochemical cycling in aquatic environments, and environmental change during extreme events (mass extinctions, extreme warm periods, glaciations) in Earth history."James F. Kasting" is a Professor at Penn State University, where he holds joint appointments in the Departments of Geosciences and Meteorology and is an affiliate of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and Penn State's ESSC. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics and did his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Penn State in 1988, he spent 7 year in the Space Science Division at NASA Ames Research Center. Dr. Kasting is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life. His research focuses on the evolution of planetary atmospheres, particularly the question of why the atmospheres of Mars and Venus are so different from that of Earth. Dr. Kasting is also interested in the question of whether habitable planets exist around other stars and how we might look for signatures of life by doing spectroscopy on their atmospheres."Robert G. Crane" received his PhD in Geography from theUniversity of Colorado, Boulder. After working as a Research Associate in the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the World Data Center-A for Glaciology in Boulder, he spent a year teaching at the University of Saskatchewan before moving to Penn State in 1985. Dr. Crane's research has been on microwave remote sensing of sea ice, ice-climate interactions, and, more recently, regional-scale climate change, climate downscaling techniques, and climate change and variability in southern Africa. He is coeditor of a text on the applications of artificial neural networks in geography. Currently Dr. Crane holds the position of Professor in the Department of Geography and an affiliate of the ESSC. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Education in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State.

Introduction
About the IPCC
About the authors
What is up with the weather (and the climate!)?
Climate Change Basics
The relative impacts of humans and nature on climate
Taking action in the face of uncertainty
Why is it called the greenhouse effect?
Feedback loops compound the greenhouse effect
What are the important greenhouse gases, and where do they come from?
Isn't carbon dioxide causing the hole in the ozone layer?
Greenhouse gases on the rise
Couldn't the increase in atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub> be the result of natural cycles?
It's getting hotter down here!
Is our atmosphere really warming?
Back to the future
But weren't scientists warning us of an imminent Ice Age only decades ago?
How does modem warming differ from past warming trends?
What can a decade of western North American drought tell us about the future?
What can the European heat wave of 2003 tell us about the future?
A tempest in a greenhouse
The vanishing snows of Kilimanjaro
The day after tomorrow
The last interglacial
How to build a climate model
Profile: James Hansen
Comparing climate model predictions with observations
Regional vs global trends
"Fingerprints" distinguish human and natural impacts on climate
Climate Change Projections
How sensitive is the climate?
Fossil-fuel emissions scenarios
The next century
The geographical pattern of future warming
Carbon-cycle feedbacks
Melting ice and rising sea level
Future changes in extreme weather
Stabilizing atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub>
The Impacts of Climate Change
The rising impact of global warming
Is it time to sell that beach house?
Ecosystems
Coral reefs
The highway to extinction?
Profile: James Lovelock
Too much and too little
Is warming from carbon dioxide leading to more air pollution?
War
Famine
...Pestilence and death
Earth, wind, and fire
Too wet and too hot
The polar meltdown
Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
Is global warming the last straw for vulnerable ecosystems?
What is the best course for the coming century?
It's the economy, stupid!
A finger in the dike
Water-management strategies
A hard row to hoe
Solving Global Warming
Solving global warming
Where do all those emissions come from?
Keeping the power turned on
On the road again
Building green
Industrial CO<sub>2</sub> pollution
Greener acres
Forests
Waste
Geoengineering
But what can I do about it?
What's your carbon footprint?
Global problems require international cooperation
Can we achieve sustainable development?
The ethics of climate change
The known unknowns and the unknown unknowns
The urgency of climate change
Glossary
Index
Picture Credits/Author Acknowledgements

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