Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Nov 27, 2008 - Nature - 216 pages
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Global warming is arguably the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and accessible explanation of the key topics in the debate: looking at the predicted impact of climate change, exploring the political controversies of recent years, and explaining the proposed solutions. Fully updated for 2008, Mark Maslin's compelling account brings the reader right up to date, describing recent developments from US policy to the UK Climate Change Bill, and where we now stand with the Kyoto Protocol. He also includes a chapter on local solutions, reflecting the now widely held view that, to mitigate any impending disaster, governments as well as individuals must to act together. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface to Second Edition
Abbreviations
List of illustrations
List of tables
Introduction
Chapter 1What is global warming?
Chapter 2A brief history of the global warming debate
Chapter 5What are the possible future impacts?
Chapter 6Surprises
Chapter 7Politics
Chapter 8Solutions
Chapter 9Visions of a zerocarbon future
Chapter 10Conclusion
Further reading
Index

Chapter 3What is the evidence for climate change?
Chapter 4How do you model the future?

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About the author (2008)

Professor Mark Maslin is the Director of the Environment Institute at University College London, and Head of the 5** UCL Geography Department. Maslin is a leading palaeoclimatologist with particular expertise in past global and regional climatic change and has published over 85 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and Geology, and 5 popular books. He contributes frequently to the broadsheet news, radio, and television, and has been consulted regularly about global warming issues by the BBC, Channel 4, and Sky News.

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