Global Warming: The Complete Briefing

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Cambridge University Press, May 7, 2015 - Science
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How much of global warming is due to human activities? How far will it be possible to adapt to changes of climate? Sir John Houghton's definitive, full colour guide to climate change answers these questions and more by providing the best and latest information available, including the latest IPCC findings. The simple, logical flow of ideas gives an invaluable grounding in the science, as well as the physical and human impacts of climate change for undergraduate students across a wide range of disciplines. Accessible to both scientists and non-scientists, the text avoids mathematical equations and includes more technical material in boxes, while simple figures help students to understand the conclusions the science leads to without being overwhelmed by vast amounts of data. Questions for students to consider and test their understanding are included in each chapter, along with carefully selected further reading to expand their knowledge.
 

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This is an essential book for anyone who wants to move past the media hype on this important subject. It covers the breadth of the science in an accessible manner, and chapter 8 looks at why we should ... Read full review

Contents

What is global warming?
9
Questions
15
Mars and Venus
24
Further reading and reference
30
Future emissions of carbon dioxide
44
Gases with an indirect greenhouse effect
53
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59
Climates of the past
65
The impacts of climate change
162
Why should we be concerned?
218
Weighing the uncertainty
238
A strategy for action to avoid dangerous climate change
263
Energy and transport for the future
291
The global village
346
Acknowledgements for figures and photos
359
Glossary
367

Modelling the climate
90
Climate change for the twentyfirst century and beyond
133

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Sir John Houghton CBE, FRS is a former Chairman of the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Chairman of the UK's Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Vice President of the World Meteorological Organisation, President of the Royal Meteorological Society, and Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Oxford University. He was Chief Executive of the UK Meteorological Office from 1983 to his retirement in 1991. As well as the previous editions of this book, he is author of The Physics of Atmospheres (Cambridge University Press, in three editions), and has published numerous research papers and contributed to many influential research documents.

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