Fixing Climate: The story of climate science - and how to stop global warming

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Profile Books, Jul 9, 2010 - Science - 288 pages
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With Broeker as his guide, award-winning science writer Robert Kunzig looks back at Earth's volatile climate history so as to shed light on the challenges ahead. Ice ages, planetary orbits, a giant 'conveyor belt' in the ocean ... it's a riveting story full of maverick thinkers, extraordinary discoveries and an urgent blueprint for action. Likening climate to a slumbering beast, ready to react to the smallest of prods, Broecker shows how assiduously we've been prodding it, by pumping 70 million tonnes of CO2 into the air each year. Fixing Climate explains why we need not just to reduce emissions but to start removing our carbon waste from our atmosphere. And in a thrilling last section of the book, we learn how this could become reality, using 'artificial trees' and underground storage.
  

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Contents

Preface
9
Finding Science
27
Cycles of Ice
41
Orbits Arent Everything
63
CO2 and the Keeling Curve
84
Where the Carbon Goes
101
A Conveyor Belt in the Ocean
123
Abrupt Change
139
Why Worry?
155
Megadroughts of the Past
187
The Drying of the Future
205
Scrubbing the Air
230
Disposing of Carbon
246
Fixing Climate
260
Picture Credits
279
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Wallace S. Broecker is the Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He was awarded the 2006 Crafoord Prize (the 'Nobel for GeoScience'). Robert Kunzig is a contributing editor on Discover magazine and author of Mapping the Deep, winner of the Royal Society Aventis Science Book of the Year.

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