Global Warming

Global Warming : The Complete Briefing

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Global warming and the resulting climate change is one of the most serious environmental problems facing the world community. Global Warming: the Complete Briefing is the most comprehensive guide available to the subject. A world-renowned expert, Sir John Houghton explores the scientific basis of global warming and the likely impacts of climate change on human society, before addressing the action that could be taken by governments, by industry and by individuals to mitigate the effects. The first edition received excellent reviews, and this completely updated new edition (taking account of the latest IPCC Assessments, and now including questions at the end of chapters) will prove to be the best briefing the student or interested general reader could wish for.show more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 94 b/w illus. 17 tables 89 exercises
  • 1139164252
  • 9781139164252

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'It is difficult to imagine how Houghton's exposition of this complex body of information might be substantially improved upon ... Seldom has such a complex topic been presented with such remarkable simplicity, directness and crystalline clarity ... Houghton's complete briefing is without doubt the best briefing the concerned citizen could hope to find within the pages of a pocketable book.' John Perry, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 'I can recommend (this book) to anyone who wants to get a better perspective on the topic of global warming ... a very readable and comprehensive guide to the changes that are occuring now, and could occur in the future, as a result of human action ... brings the global warming debate right up to date ... Read Houghton's book if you really want to understand both the scientific and political issues involved.' William Harston, The Independent '... precise account of the science, accompanied by figures, graphs, boxes on specific points, and summaries at the end of each chapter, with questions for students ... ranges beyond the science into the diplomacy, politics, economics and ethics of the problem, which together present a formidable challenge to human understanding and capacity for action.' Sir Crispin Tickell, The Times Higher Education Supplement 'I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone concerned about global warming. It provides and excellent essentially non-technical guide on scientific and political aspects of the subject. It is an essential briefing for students and science teachers.' Tony Waters, The Observatory '... an interesting account of the topic for the general reader.' Environmental Assessment '... very thorough and presents a balanced, impartial picture.' Jonathan Shanklin, Journal of the British Astronomical Association 'For the non-technical reader, the best program guide to the political and scientific debate is John Houghton's book Global Warming: the Complete Briefing. With this book in hand you are ready to make sense of the debate and reach your own conclusions.' Alan Hecht , Climate Change 'This is a remarkable book ... It is a model of clear exposition and comprehensible writing ... Quite apart from its value as a background reader for science teachers and students, it would make a splendid basis for a college general course.' Andrew Bishop, Association for Science Education 'Global Warming remains the best single-volume guide to the science of climate change.' Greg Terrill, The Times Literary Supplement 'This very readable and informative book is valuable for anyone wanting a broad overview of what we know about climate change, its potential impacts on society and the natural world, and what could be done to mitigate or adapt to global warming. To this end, discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter. The paperback edition is an especially good value ... Houghton's compact book is an accessible, well-researched, and broadly based introduction to the immensely complicated global warming problem.' Dennis L. Hartmann, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA 'I have no hesitation in endorsing this important book.' Wilfrid Bach, International Journal of Climatology ' ... a useful book for students and laymen to understand some of the complexities of the global warming issue. Questions and essay topics at the end of each chapter provide useful follow-up work and the range of material provided under one cover is impressive. At a student-friendly price, this is a book to buy for yourself and not rely on the library copy.' Allen Perry, Holocene 'In summary I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone concerned about global warming. It provides an excellent non-technical guide on scientific and political aspects of the subject. It is an essential briefing for students and science teachers.' Tony Waters, Weather 'This book is one of the best I have encountered, that deal with climate change and some of its anthropogenic causes. Well written, well organised, richly illustrated and referenced, it should be required reading for anybody concerned with the fate of our planet.' Elmar R. Reiter, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics 'Sir John Houghton is one of the few people who can legitimately use the phrase 'the complete briefing' as a subtitle for a book on global warming ... Sir John has done us all a great favour in presenting such a wealth of material so clearly and accessibly and in drawing attention to the ethical underpinnings of our interpretation of this area of environmental science.' Progress in Physical Geographyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction to the first edition; Introduction to the second edition; 1. Global warming and climate change; 2. The greenhouse effect; 3. The greenhouse gases; 4. Climates of the past; 5. Modelling the climate; 6. Climate change under business-as-usual; 7. The impacts of climate change; 8. Why should we be concerned?; 9. Weighing the uncertainty; 10. A strategy for action to slow and stabilize climate change; 11. Energy and transport for the future; 12. The global village; Glossary; Index.show more

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