With Speed and Violence : Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change

ISBN-10: 0807085774
ISBN-13: 9780807085776
Edition: 2007
Authors: Fred Pearce
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 3/1/2008
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

How environmental "tipping points" may affect the speed of future climate change Fred Pearce has been writing about climate change for nineteen years, and the more he learns, the worse things look. As Pearce began researching this book, numerous scientists sought him out to recount their findings and fears: where once they were concerned about gradual climate change, many now worry that we will soon be experiencing abrupt change resulting from triggering tipping points. With Speed and Violence is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the constantly accumulating evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash. "Well-documented and terrifying review of the scientific evidence supporting claims that Earth teeters on the edge of a climatic precipice . . . Important reading for policymakers, climate-change skeptics and anyone planning a future beyond the next decade." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review "[Pearces] grasp of [scientists] work is exceptional. Whats more, he has a talent for explaining science in terms understandable to the nonscientist . . . This enjoyable read was difficult to put down." -Library Journal, starred review

Fred Pearce was born and educated in the UK. He studied Geography at Cambridge University and has since reported on environment, science and development issues from 54 countries. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and TV, with interview credits from Today to Richard and Judy to the Open University. Fred is married with two children and lives in London.

Chronology of Climate Change
The Cast
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface: The Chimney
Introduction
Welcome to the Anthropocene
The Pioneers: The men who measured the planet's breath
Turning Up the Heat: A skeptic's guide to climate change
The Year: How the wild weather of 1998 broke all records
The Anthropocene: A new name for a new geological era
The Watchtower: Keeping climate vigil on an Arctic island
Fault lines in the ice
Ninety Degrees North: Why melting knows no bounds in the far North
On the Slippery Slope: Greenland is slumping into the ocean
The Shelf: Down south, shattering ice uncorks the Antarctic
The Mercer Legacy: An Achilles heel at the bottom of the world
Rising Tides: Saying "toodle-oo" to Tuvalu
Riding the carbon cycle
In The Jungle: Would we notice if the Amazon went up in smoke?
Wildfires of Borneo: Climate in the mire from burning swamp
Sink to Source: Why the carbon cycle is set for a U-turn
The Doomsday Device: A lethal secret stirs in the permafrost
The Acid Bath: What carbon dioxide does to the oceans
The Winds of Change: Tsunamis, megafarts, and mountains of the deep
Reflecting on warming
What's Watts?: Planet Earth's energy imbalance
Clouds From Both Sides: Uncovering flaws in the climate models
A Billion Fires: How brown haze could turn off the monsoon
Hydroxyl Holiday: The day the planet's cleaner didn't show up for work
Ice ages and solar pulses
Goldilocks and the Three Planets: Why Earth is "just right" for life
The Big Freeze: How a wobble in our orbit triggered the ice ages
The Ocean Conveyor: The real day after tomorrow
An Arctic Flower: Clues to a climate switchback
The Pulse: How the sun makes climate change
Tropical heat
The Fall: The end of Africa's golden age
Seesaw Across the Ocean: How the Sabara Desert greens the Amazon
Tropical High: Why an ice man is rewriting climate history
The Curse of Akkad: The strange revival of environmental determinism
A Chunk of Coral: Probing the hidden life of El Nino
Feeding Asia: What happens if the monsoon falters?
At the millennium
The Heat Wave: The year Europe felt the heat of global warming
The Hockey Stick: Why now really is different
Hurricane Season: Raising the storm cones after Katrina
Ozone Holes in the Greenhouse: Why millions face radiation threat
Inevitable surprises
The Dance: The poles or the tropics? Who leads in the climatic dance?
New Horizons: Feedbacks from the stratosphere
Conclusion: Another Planet
The Trillion-Ton Challenge
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Notes on the References
Index

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