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Coming Climate Crisis?: Consider the Past, Beware the Big Fix

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"Climatologist Parkinson (Earth From Above), a senior fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, warns against 'massive geoengineering schemes,' currently under consideration by government and advocacy groups, meant to avert impending climate catastrophe, but which themselves may have disastrous unintended consequences. Looking at past examples-from Egypt's massive Aswan Dam, which has spread parasitic diseases and is eroding the fertile delta, to the addition of lead to internal combustion engines and paint-Parkinson worries that fixes under discussion today, like capturing and storing carbon waste or introducing sulfur into the stratosphere to reflect solar heat, may actually lead to problems 'far worse than the damage that we are already causing.' Instead, Parkinson recommends a moderate approach-limiting population growth; replacing fossil fuels with solar, nuclear, and wind power; changing consumption patterns-while more ambitious plans are carefully evaluated for safety and feasibility. She also raises the possibility that, despite present scientific consensus, predictions of impending catastrophe rest too heavily on climate models that are 'far from perfect.' This thoughtful treatment of a highly controversial subject merits careful attention from the powers that be, and those who wish to influence them." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Respected NASA climatologist Claire Parkinson brings much-needed balance and perspective to the highly contentious issue of climate change. Offering a knowledgeable overview of global warming, the author lays out a compelling argument that our understandings and models are inadequate for confident climate predictions. Using fascinating vignettes, Parkinson traces 4.6 billion years of Earth history, human impacts, and the frequent mismatch between intentions and consequences since science and technology have be wielded to solve environmental problems.

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ISBN:
9780742556157
Author:
Parkinson, Claire
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Foreword by:
Thompson, Lonnie G.
Foreword:
Thompson, Lonnie G.
Author:
Parkinson, Claire L.
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Climatic changes
Subject:
Climatic changes -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
411
Dimensions:
8.90x6.10x1.40 in. 1.50 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Climate Change and Global Warming
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Meteorology

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Climatologist Parkinson (Earth From Above), a senior fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, warns against 'massive geoengineering schemes,' currently under consideration by government and advocacy groups, meant to avert impending climate catastrophe, but which themselves may have disastrous unintended consequences. Looking at past examples-from Egypt's massive Aswan Dam, which has spread parasitic diseases and is eroding the fertile delta, to the addition of lead to internal combustion engines and paint-Parkinson worries that fixes under discussion today, like capturing and storing carbon waste or introducing sulfur into the stratosphere to reflect solar heat, may actually lead to problems 'far worse than the damage that we are already causing.' Instead, Parkinson recommends a moderate approach-limiting population growth; replacing fossil fuels with solar, nuclear, and wind power; changing consumption patterns-while more ambitious plans are carefully evaluated for safety and feasibility. She also raises the possibility that, despite present scientific consensus, predictions of impending catastrophe rest too heavily on climate models that are 'far from perfect.' This thoughtful treatment of a highly controversial subject merits careful attention from the powers that be, and those who wish to influence them." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Respected NASA climatologist Claire Parkinson brings much-needed balance and perspective to the highly contentious issue of climate change. Offering a knowledgeable overview of global warming, the author lays out a compelling argument that our understandings and models are inadequate for confident climate predictions. Using fascinating vignettes, Parkinson traces 4.6 billion years of Earth history, human impacts, and the frequent mismatch between intentions and consequences since science and technology have be wielded to solve environmental problems.
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