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The Climate Crisis



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Excellent resource for climate change science.  April 15, 2011

This is exactly the textbook I was looking for. The scientific details are provided and explanations are clear. Even more importantly, the writers are honest about what the current state of climate science can and cannot tell us. If you are a "doubter" you owe it to yourself to read all the scientific evidence in this book. If you are already a "believer" then you will find the details for why 97% of climate scientists say human-caused global warming is real. I recommend this great, useful and cheap textbook for all.

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This book provides a concise and accessible overview of what we know about ongoing climate change and its impacts, and what we can do to confront the climate crisis. Highly illustrated in full color, it lucidly presents information contained in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, making essential scientific information on this critical topic available to a broad audience.

An incredible wealth of scientific data on global warming has been collected in the last few decades. The history of the Earth's climate has been probed by drilling into polar ice sheets and sediment layers of the oceans' vast depths and great advances have been made in computer modeling of our climate. The book makes essential scientific information on this critical topic accessible to a broad audience. Obtaining sound information is the first step in preventing a serious, long-lasting degradation of our planet's climate, helping to ensure our future survival.

''David Archer and Stefan Rahmstorf - two outstanding scientists - bring us up-to-date on climate science in this remarkable and very readable book. This book deserves to be read by anyone interested in climate change.'' -Professor Paul Crutzen, Max Plank Institute for Chemistry, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 1995, for explaining the ozone hole

''The key findings of the IPCC, written in plain and simple terms. Great value in informing the public at large about the science underlying the growing challenge of climate change.'' -Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC and Director-General of The Energy Resources Institute

''Both scientists contributed to IPCC(1997) Vol. 1, and are well qualified to write on this topic. Neither of them is a sceptic. As the subtitle An introductory Guide implies, the book is suitable for undergraduates and first-year graduate students.'' -CMOS Bulleti

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Retrospective: what we knew and when we knew itp. 1
Awareness of the pastp. 4
Understanding climatep. 7
Finding the smoking gunp. 11
Summaryp. 15
Earth's energy budgetp. 16
The concept of radiative forcingp. 17
Greenhouse gasesp. 21
Other human-related climate forcingsp. 32
Climate forcings that are not our faultp. 34
Summaryp. 37
Climate change so farp. 39
Temperature changesp. 40
Rain and snowp. 47
Clouds and radiationp. 51
Patterns of atmospheric circulationp. 54
Tropical stormsp. 57
Causes of the observed climate changesp. 62
Summaryp. 67
Snow and icep. 68
Ice sheetsp. 69
Sea icep. 78
Permafrostp. 81
Summaryp. 84
How the oceans are changingp. 86
The oceans are heating upp. 87
Sweet or salty?p. 91
Are ocean currents changing?p. 93
Sea level risep. 94
The oceans are turning sourp. 98
Summaryp. 103
The past is the key to the futurep. 105
Climate changes over millions of yearsp. 106
The Paleocene Eocene thermal maximum (PETM)p. 106
Pliocenep. 109
Glacial cyclesp. 109
Our current interglacial periodp. 118
The last 2000 yearsp. 119
The instrumental periodp. 122
Summaryp. 123
What the future holdsp. 125
Scenarios or predictions?p. 126
How future climate is computedp. 127
How warm will it get?p. 129
Rainfall changesp. 135
How high will the seas rise?p. 139
Changing ocean currents?p. 145
Ice and snow changesp. 146
How sour will the oceans get?p. 148
Summaryp. 150
Impacts of climate changep. 151
Are plants and animals already feeling the heat?p. 152
The future of naturep. 160
Food, water, health: how global warming will affect usp. 170
Climate impacts by regionp. 178
Can we adapt?p. 187
Avoiding climate changep. 191
Energy supply: the present, the forecast, and what can be changedp. 196
Energy consumptionp. 205
Other mitigation strategiesp. 210
A more optimistic visionp. 213
What it will costp. 217
Climate policyp. 221
Do we need a climate policy?p. 222
What global policy targets?p. 224
Global conflict, or unprecedented global cooperation?p. 227
Epiloguep. 231
Referencesp. 232
Illustration creditsp. 235
Indexp. 240
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