Dire Predictions Understanding Global Warming

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-12
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For any science or social science course in need of a basic understanding of IPCC reports.

Periodic reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) evaluate the risk of climate change brought on by humans. But the sheer volume of scientific data remains inscrutable to the general public, particularly to those who may still question the validity of climate change. In just over 200 pages, this practical text presents and expands upon the essential findings in a visually stunning and undeniably powerful way to the lay reader. Scientific findings that provide validity to the implications of climate change are presented in clear-cut graphic elements, striking images, and understandable analogies.

Author Biography

Michael E. Mann is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University and the Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. Lee R. Kump is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University and an associate of the Penn State Earth System Science Center and the Penn State Astrobiology Research Center.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
About the IPCCp. 8
About the authorsp. 9
What is up with the weather (and the climate!)?p. 10
Climate Change Basics
The relative impacts of humans and nature on climatep. 18
Taking action in the face of uncertaintyp. 20
Why is it called the greenhouse effect?p. 22
Feedback loops compound the greenhouse effectp. 24
What are the important greenhouse gases, and where do they come from?p. 26
Isn't carbon dioxide causing the hole in the ozone layer?p. 30
Greenhouse gases on the risep. 32
Couldn't the increase in atmospheric CO2 be the result of natural cycles?p. 34
It's getting hotter down here!p. 36
Is our atmosphere really warming?p. 38
Back to the futurep. 40
But weren't scientists warning us of an imminent Ice Age only decades ago?p. 44
How does modem warming differ from past warming trends?p. 46
What can a decade of western North American drought tell us about the future?p. 48
What can the European heat wave of 2003 tell us about the future?p. 52
A tempest in a greenhousep. 56
The vanishing snows of Kilimanjarop. 58
The day after tomorrowp. 60
The last interglacialp. 62
How to build a climate modelp. 64
Profile: James Hansenp. 66
Comparing climate model predictions with observationsp. 68
Regional vs global trendsp. 70
"Fingerprints" distinguish human and natural impacts on climatep. 72
Climate Change Projections
How sensitive is the climate?p. 78
Fossil-fuel emissions scenariosp. 86
The next centuryp. 88
The geographical pattern of future warmingp. 92
Carbon-cycle feedbacksp. 94
Melting ice and rising sea levelp. 98
Future changes in extreme weatherp. 100
Stabilizing atmospheric CO2p. 104
The Impacts of Climate Change
The rising impact of global warmingp. 108
Is it time to sell that beach house?p. 110
Ecosystemsp. 112
Coral reefsp. 114
The highway to extinction?p. 118
Profile: James Lovelockp. 120
Too much and too littlep. 122
Is warming from carbon dioxide leading to more air pollution?p. 126
Warp. 128
Faminep. 130
...Pestilence and deathp. 132
Earth, wind, and firep. 134
Too wet and too hotp. 136
The polar meltdownp. 138
Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
Is global warming the last straw for vulnerable ecosystems?p. 142
What is the best course for the coming century?p. 144
It's the economy, stupid!p. 146
A finger in the dikep. 148
Water-management strategiesp. 150
A hard row to hoep. 152
Solving Global Warming
Solving global warmingp. 156
Where do all those emissions come from?p. 158
Keeping the power turned onp. 160
On the road againp. 162
Building greenp. 166
Industrial CO2 pollutionp. 168
Greener acresp. 170
Forestsp. 174
Wastep. 176
Geoengineeringp. 178
But what can I do about it?p. 180
What's your carbon footprint?p. 182
Global problems require international cooperationp. 184
Can we achieve sustainable development?p. 188
The ethics of climate changep. 190
The known unknowns and the unknown unknownsp. 192
The urgency of climate changep. 194
Glossaryp. 198
Indexp. 204
Picture Credits/Author Acknowledgementsp. 208
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