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At a time when the evidence is stronger than ever that human activity is the primary cause for global climate change, William Ruddiman's breakthrough text returns in a thoroughly updated new edition. It offers a clear, engaging, objective portrait of the current state of climate science, including compelling recent findings on anthropogenic global warming and important advances in understanding past climates.
Table of Contents
Part I Framework of Climate Science 1. Overview of Climate Science 2. Earths Climate System Today 3. Climate Archives, Data, and Models
Part II Tectonic-Scale Climate Change 4. CO2 and Long-Term Climate 5. Plate Tectonics and Long-Term Climate 6. Greenhouse Climate 7. From Greenhouse to Icehouse: The Last 50 Million YearsPart III Orbital-Scale Climate Change 8. Astronomical Control of Solar Radiation 9. Insolation Control of Monsoons 10. Insolation Control of Ice Sheets 11. Orbital-Scale Changes in Carbon Dioxide and Methane 12. Orbital-Scale Interactions, Feedbacks, and Unsolved Mysteries
Part IV Glacial/Deglacial Climate Change 13. The Last Glacial Maximum 14. Climate During and Since the Last Deglaciation 15. Millennial Oscillations of ClimatePart V Historical and Future Climate Change 16. Humans and Preindustrial Climate 17. Climate Changes During the Last 1,000 Years 18. Climatic Changes Since 1850 19. Causes of Warming over the Last 125 Years 20. Future Climatic Change
Appendix 1: Isotopes of Oxygen Appendix 2: Isotopes of Carbon Glossary Index