Global Warming and Climate Change Demystified

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-20
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Demystifying one of today's key global issues This important guide addresses the causes of global warming and its effects on the Earth's climate in bestselling Demystified format. You will learn about the physical science behind climate change, including the chemical processes that upset the Earth's thermal balance. The book makes a distinction between what is known for certain, what many scientists now believe to be true, and what is informed speculation, subject to further interpretation. It then presents a wide range of solutions which can be pursued by individuals, as well as society as a whole.

Author Biography

Jerry Silver has spent nearly two decades developing components for terrestrial photovoltaic systems for the Solarex Corporation (now BP solar). He has worked for several organizations involved with solar energy development, including the United States Department of Energy. Mr. Silver currently teaches science in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Global Perspective--Thinking About the Earth
What We Know And How We Know It
Taking the Earth's Temperature
Signs of Global Warming
Why Climate Changes
The Earth's Thermostat--Keeping the Earth Warm
Greenhouse Chemistry
Origin and Impact of Greenhouse Gases
What We Can Expect And What We Can Do
Consequences of Global Warming
Resetting the Earth's Thermostat--Solutions
Milestones in the History of Climate Change
Satellites That Monitor Weather and Climate
Units of Measurement Applied to Climate Change
Selected Resources
Summary of Key Climate Variables
Lingering Doubts and Concerns
Answers to Chapter Review Questions
Answers to Final Exam
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