Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat--and How to Counter It

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 2008 - Science - 272 pages
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Dealing with the Root Cause of Global Warming Calls for New Remedies, Says Expert

The product of a unique collaboration between a pioneering earth scientist and an award winning science writer, Fixing Climate takes an unconventional approach to the vitally important issue of global warming. Wallace S. Broecker, a longtime researcher at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, warned about the possible consequences of global warming decades before the concept entered popular consciousness. Hooked on climate studies since his student days, he has learned, largely through his own findings, that climate changes—naturally, dramatically, and rarely benignly. He also knows from experience that when mankind pushes nature as we are currently doing by dumping some sixty to seventy million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day, climate will change even more dramatically and less benignly. As Broecker points out, if a well-meaning fairy godmother were to turn us all into energysaving paragons at the stroke of midnight tonight, the resulting reduction in atmospheric carbon dioxide might lessen but could not turn aside the great warming tide now headed our way. There is, nonetheless, a glimmer of hope in the development of new technologies that are directed not only at the reduction of carbon dioxide output but also at its harmless disposal. Told by skilled science journalist Robert Kunzig, Fixing Climate is a timely and informative story that makes for riveting reading

 

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The once arcane field of climate change has certainly moved up our agenda. Here, science writer Kunzig (Mapping the Deep) traces the influential career of Broecker (earth and environmental sciences ... Read full review

Contents

What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 1 Pyramid Lake
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 2 Finding Science
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 3 Ice Ages and the Serb Theory
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 4 Proving Milanković Doubting Milanković
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 5 Carbon Dioxide and the Keeling Curve
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 6 Where the Carbon Goes
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 7 A Conveyor Belt in the Ocean
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 8 Conveyor Jams Climate Lurches
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 11 Megadroughts of the Past
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 12 The Drying of the Future
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 13 Green Is Not Enough
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 14 Scrubbing the Air
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 15 Disposing of Carbon
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 16 Fixing Climate
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It Selected References
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It Acknowledgments
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 9 Why Worry?
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What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threatand How to Counter It 10 Ice Melts Sea Level Rises
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Wallace S. Broecker is the Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He has received many honors for his work, most recently the 2008 Balzan Prize for Science of Climate Change. Robert Kunzig is a freelance science writer.

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