Heaven and Earth Global Warming, the Missing Science

ISBN-10: 1589794729
ISBN-13: 9781589794726
Edition: 2009
Authors: Ian Plimer
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 7/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Introduction
Climate
Carbon dioxide and pollution
The science of climate
Why the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)?
Climate change
A retreat to the good old days
Acknowledgements
History
Are the speed and amount of modern climate change unprecedented?
Is dangerous warming occurring?
Is the temperature range observed in the 20th Century outside the range of normal variability?
Our changing climates
The last great warming
The last big freeze
The end of the freeze
The Roman Warming (250 BC-450 AD)
The Dark Ages (535-900 AD)
The Medieval Warming (900-1300 AD)
The Little Ice Age (1280-1850 AD)
The Late 20th Century Warming (1850 AD to the present)
The long tale of the lone pine
The Sun
Does the Sun influence the Earth's climate?
The bringer of life, heat and cold
Dirt in the air
Snowballs and spiral arms
Galactic time travel
Galactic bullets
The engine of weather
That big ball of heat in the sky
Angry solar emissions
Inner turbulence of the Sun
Shock, horror. The solar constant is not constant
Blemishes on her beauty
Water, carbon dioxide, temperature and the Sun
Ancient signals of solar activity
The Sun and climate
Earth
Do volcanoes change climate?
Do wobbles in the Earth's orbit change climate?
Have past climate changes driven extinctions?
Life on Earth
Single celled life
What are the chances of multicellular life on Earth?
The biggest climate change of all time
The first multicellular life
The explosion of life
Extinction
Minor and major mass extinctions of life
Recent macrofauna extinction
Modern climate change and extinction
Global warming and infectious diseases
Desertification
One volcano can ruin your whole day
Supervolcanoes
Volcanic gases
Ice, volcanoes and earthquakes
Milankovitch wobble theory wobbles
Ice
Is global warming melting the polar ice caps and alpine valley glaciers?
Ice
Ice ages
Ice advance and retreat
The Arctic
The Antarctic
Alpine valley glaciers
Sea ice
Water
Do human emissions of carbon dioxide create a rise in the sea level?
Will the seas become acid?
Does sea level rise kill coral atolls?
Are humans forcing changes in ocean currents?
Weird water
The great flood
Sea level
Coral atolls
Dissolved carbon dioxide in seawater
Acid oceans
Sea surface temperature
El Nino
Water cycle
The rock that made a fool out of humans
Air
Do thermometer measurements show the planet is warming?
Do other temperature measurements show the planet is warming?
Is atmospheric carbon dioxide increasing?
Is atmospheric carbon dioxide approaching a dangerous level?
Do higher sea temperatures cause more hurricanes?
Do clouds influence climate?
The greenhouse effect
The measurement of temperature
Measurement and order of accuracy
Treatment of data
Urban heat island effect
Temperature proxies
Hurricanes
Carbon dioxide
The global carbon cycle
Measurement of CO<sub>2</sub>
Methane and other greenhouse gases
Clouds
Et moi
Ubi dubium ibi libertas
The vernalisation of science
Tip of the iceberg
Scientific consensus
The end is nigh
Religion, environmentalism and romanticism
The Kyoto Protocol
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear
What if I'm wrong?
Index

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