Climate Change is geared toward a variety of students
and general readers who seek the real science behind global
warming. Exquisitely illustrated, the text introduces the basic
science underlying both the natural progress of climate change and
the effect of human activity on the deteriorating health of our
planet. Noted expert and author Edmond A. Mathez synthesizes the
work of leading scholars in climatology and related fields, and he
concludes with an extensive chapter on energy production, anchoring
this volume in economic and technological realities and suggesting
ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Climate Change opens with the climate system
fundamentals: the workings of the atmosphere and ocean, their
chemical interactions via the carbon cycle, and the scientific
framework for understanding climate change. Mathez then brings the
climate of the past to bear on our present predicament,
highlighting the importance of paleoclimatology in understanding
the current climate system. Subsequent chapters explore the changes
already occurring around us and their implications for the future.
In a special feature, Jason E. Smerdon, associate research
scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia
University, provides an innovative appendix for students.
Subjects: Environmental Science, General Science, Political Science
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