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Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warmingby Michael E. Mann
Synopses & Reviews
Everybody can be a thinking person when it comes to climate change, and this book is a perfect roadmap.and#160; Start a web search for and#8220;climate changeand#8221; and the first three suggestionsand#160;are and#8220;facts,and#8221; and#8220;news,and#8221; and and#8220;hoax.and#8221; The Thinking Person's Guideand#160;to Climateand#160;Change is rooted in the first, up to date on the second, andand#160;anything but the last. Produced by one of the most venerable atmosphericand#160;science organizations, itand#160;is a must-read for anyoneand#160;looking for the full story on climate change.
Using global research and written with nonscientists in mind, theand#160;Guide breaks down the issues into straightforward categories: and#8220;Symptomsand#8221;and#160;covers signs such as melting ice and extreme weather, whileand#160;and#8220;Scienceand#8221; lays out what we know and how we figured it out. and#8220;Debatesand#8221;and#160;tackles the controversy and politics, while and#8220;Solutionsand#8221; and and#8220;Actionsand#8221;and#160;discuss what we can do as individuals and communities to create theand#160;best possible future. Full-color illustrations offer explanations of everythingand#160;from how the greenhouse effect traps heat to which activities inand#160;everyday life emit the most carbon. Special-feature boxes zoom in onand#160;locations across the globe already experiencing the effects of a shiftingand#160;climate.
The Thinking Person'sand#160;Guide to Climate Change combines years of data with recent research, including conclusions from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Paneland#160;on Climate Change. This reference provides the most comprehensive, yet accessible, overview of where climate science stands today, acknowledging controversiesand#160;but standing strong in its stance that the climate is changingand#8212;and#160;and something needs to be done.
The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Changeand#160;is a full update and revision of Robert Hensonand#8217;sand#160;The Rough Guide to Climate Changeand#160;and is now published through the American Meteorological Society, with distribution through University of Chicago Press.and#160;
Book News Annotation:
This illustrated guide for general readers contains information on global climate change drawn from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The authors aim to disseminate this knowledge to a wider public by providing basic facts and discussion of projections, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and solving global warming. There is no bibliography. Mann and Kump work in meteorology and geosciences and at the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State U. Mann has contributed to IPCC reports and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2007 along with Al Gore. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been issuing the essential facts and figures on climate change for nearly two decades. But the hundreds of pages of scientific evidence quoted for accuracy by the media and scientists alike, remain inscrutable to the general public who may still question the validity of climate change.
Esteemed climate scientists Michael E. Mann and Lee R. Kump, have partnered with DK Publishing to present Dire Predictions??????an important book in this time of global need. Dire Predictions presents the information documented by the IPCC in an illustrated, visually-stunning, and undeniably powerful way to the lay reader. The scientific findings that provide validity to the implications of climate change are presented in clear-cut graphic elements, striking images, and understandable analogies.
This up-to-date and comprehensive guide is a clear yet multi-faceted telling of the most pressing issue facing the planet and its people: climate change. It interprets scientific research and acknowledges political debate; it describes the climateand#8217;s evolution and what models tell us about its future; and it presents current reality and actions we can take to ensure the best possible outcomes. From the greenhouse effect to floods and droughts, from oceans and storms to ecosystems to agriculture, this is the long view on the most important story of our time. Author Robert Henson is an experienced science writer who bases the symptoms, science, debates, and solutions of climate change in hard facts and the latest research; he is no denier, and The AMS Guide to Climate Change, while fair and measured, pulls no punches.
About the Author
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Robert Henson is an editor at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, contributing editor of Weatherwise magazine, and a frequent guest blogger for Capital Weather Gang. He is the author of The Rough Guide to Weather and Weather on the Air: A History of Broadcast Meteorology.
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