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Global Weirdness Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future

ISBN-10: 0307743365
ISBN-13: 9780307743367
Edition: N/A
Authors: Climate Central
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Description: Produced by Climate Central—a highly regarded independent, nonprofit journalism and research foundation founded in 2008—and reviewed by scientists at major educational and research institutions the world over,Global Weirdnesssummarizes, in clear and  More...

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Produced by Climate Central—a highly regarded independent, nonprofit journalism and research foundation founded in 2008—and reviewed by scientists at major educational and research institutions the world over,Global Weirdnesssummarizes, in clear and accessible prose, everything we know about the science of climate change; explains what is likely to happen to the climate in the future; and lays out in practical terms what we can and cannot do to avoid further shifts. Sixty easy-to-read entries tackle such questions as: Is climate ever “normal”? Why and how do fossil-fuel burning and other human practices produce greenhouse gases? What natural forces have caused climate change in the past? What risks does climate change pose for human health? What accounts for the diminishment of mountain glaciers and small ice caps around the world since 1850? What are the economic costs and benefits of reducing carbon emissions? Global Weirdnessenlarges our understanding of how climate change affects our daily lives, and arms us with the incontrovertible facts we need to make informed decisions about the future of the planet and of humankind.From the Hardcover edition.

Introduction
What the Science Says
"Normal Climate" Meant Something Different to the Dinosaurs and the Woolly Mammoths than It Does to Us
The Climate Has Changed Dramatically in the Past
Our Ancestors Survived Climate Change. But It Wasn't Always Pretty
Dinosaurs Didn't Drive Gas-Guzzlers or Use Air-Conditioning
Carbon Dioxide Is Like a Planetwide Sweat Suit (Sort Of)
"Global Warming" or "Climate Change"? Doesn't Matter, It's All the Same
Weather Is Not Climate. Climate Is Not Weather. Except They Kind of Are
On Venus, the Greenhouse Effect Makes It Hot Enough to Melt Lead
Carbon Dioxide Is Only Part of the Problem
Once We .Invented the Steam Engine, Climate Change Was Pretty Much Inevitable
The Ozone Hole Is Not Global Warming. Global Warming Is Not the Ozone Hole
The Northern Hemisphere Has Heated Up More in the Past Half Century than in Any Similar Period Going Back Many Hundreds of Years
Coal Alone Churns Out 20 Percent of Human Greenhouse Emissions
A Quarter of the CO<sub>2</sub> in the Atmosphere Comes from Fossil Fuels, and It's on the Way Up
If We Stopped Burning Fossil Fuels, We'd Keep Emitting Greenhouse Gases
No Natural Force Has Been Able to Explain the Recent Warming
CO<sub>2</sub> Could Stay in the Air for Hundreds or Thousands of Years, Trapping Heat the Whole Time
Extra CO<sub>2</sub> Going into the Sea Is Making the Ocean More Acidic
Cutting Down Forests Means More CO<sub>2</sub> Stays in the Atmosphere
Stop All Greenhouse Emissions and the Temperature Will Keep Going Up
Want an Exact Number for How Warm It Will Get? Sorry, Scientists Don't Have One
Melting Ice Makes the Ocean Rise-but It's Not the Only Factor
Nobody Ever Said Global Warming Means Every Year Will Be Hotter than the Last
Nobody Ever Said the Whole World Will Warm Up at the Same Rate
The Poles Are Warming Faster than Other Places. That's Just What Climate Scientists Predicted
What's Actually Happening
The Atmosphere Now Holds a Record Amount of CO<sub>2</sub>-Unless You Go Back Half a Million Years or More
Sea Level Is Eight Inches Higher than It Was in 1900
Earth's Temperature Is About 1.4�F Higher than It Was in 1900
The Continental United States Had Twice as Many Record-High Temperatures During the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century as Record Lows
Glaciers and Ice Caps Have Been Shrinking Since About 1850
Greenland Is Losing Ice Faster All the Time
Polar Bears Will Suffer as Sea Ice Continues to Melt
The Growing Season in the Continental United States Is Two Weeks Longer than It Was in 1900
Ecosystems Around the World Are Already Seeing Big Changes as the Climate Warms
Some Species Can Adapt to Changing Climate a lot Better than Others
The Arctic Has Been Losing Ice Much Faster than the Antarctic. That's Just What Scientists Expected
Arctic Sea Ice Has Been on a Mostly Downward Spiral for the Past Thirty Years
Droughts, Torrential Rains, and Other Extreme Weather Are Happening More Often than They Used To
Rising Ocean Temperatures Are Causing a Major Die-Off in Corals
What's Likely to Happen in the Future
Computer Models Aren't Perfect. This Isn't a Big Surprise
Since We Don't Know Whether and How Much People Might Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, It's Hard to Know Exactly How High the Temperature Will Go by 2100
An Imperfect but Still Pretty Good Prediction: Sea Level Will Rise Two to Six Feet by 2100. But That Could Change
The Effects of Greenhouse Gases Won't Magically Stop in 2100
Best Guess About Atlantic Hurricanes in the Future: Fewer, but More Powerful
Whatever Happens with Hurricanes, Higher Sea Level Will Make the Storm Surges They Cause More Destructive
Climate Change Will Force People to Move, but Whether It's a Million People or a Hundred Million Is Hard to Say
Climate Change Can Be Bad for Your Health
Climate Change Can Be Bad for the Health of Entire Species, and Even for Their Survival
Freshwater Will Become Scarcer
Droughts Will Probably Come More Often
Climate Change Is Likely to Destabilize the Food Supply
Can We Avoid the Risks of Climate Change?
Who Says a 2�C Temperature Rise Won't Bring Really Bad Consequences? Not Scientists
Using Ethanol in Your Car Can Reduce Emissions-but Not Always by a lot
Burning Coal Doesn't Necessarily Mean Emitting Greenhouse Gases
Wind Energy Can't Solve Our Emissions Problem by Itself. Neither Can Other Renewables
Energy Costs Are Likely to Rise in the Short Term if We Limit Carbon Emissions
Nuclear Energy Is Essentially Carbon-Free. That Doesn't Mean It's Without Issues
Even If We Can't Reduce Emissions, Futuristic Technology Could Save Us. Maybe. And It Could Be Risky
If We Made It Easier for Plants and Animals to Relocate, We Might Prevent Some Species from Going Extinct
Reducing Emissions Has Benefits and Costs. But It's Hard to Pin Down Exactly What They Are
Epilogue: The IPCC Is What, Exactly?
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