Synopses & Reviews
Global warming and the resulting climate change is one of the most serious environmental problems facing the world community. Global Warming: the Complete Briefing is the most comprehensive guide available to the subject. A world-renowned expert, Sir John Houghton explores the scientific basis of global warming and the likely impacts of climate change on human society, before addressing the action that could be taken by governments, by industry and by individuals to mitigate the effects. The first edition received excellent reviews, and this completely updated new edition (taking account of the latest IPCC Assessments, and now including questions at the end of chapters) will prove to be the best briefing the student or interested general reader could wish for.
"...this complete briefing on global warming is remarkably factual and inclusive. Houghton's concern about planet Earth and its people blends well with his hopes for global cooperation in concert with the spirit of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)." Choice"The issue of human-induced global warming will likely be an important one for the foreseeable future. Houghton's compact book is an acessible, well-researched, and broadly based introduction to the immensely complicated global warming problem." EOS"Throughout the book this argument is well developed and explained in a way that the average reader could understand-especially because there are many diagrams, tables, graphs and maps which are easy to interpret." SATYA"This book is one of the best I have encountered, that deal with climate and some of its anthropogenic causes. Well written, well organized, richly illustrated and referenced, it should be required reading for anybody concerned with the fate of our planet....the lucid style of writing makes it eminently suited for the non-specialist." Meteorology &Atmospheric Physics"...this book is the most comprehensive guide available. Ignore it at your peril." The Canadian Field-Naturalist
This title provides a briefing on global warming for the student or interested general reader.
The best briefing on global warming the student or interested general reader could wish for.
Sir John Houghton's Global Warming: the Complete Briefing is the most comprehensive guide available to the science and politics of global warming. The first edition received excellent reviews, and this completely updated new edition will prove to be the best briefing the student or interested general reader could wish for.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the first edition; Introduction to the second edition; 1. Global warming and climate change; 2. The greenhouse effect; 3. The greenhouse gases; 4. Climates of the past; 5. Modelling the climate; 6. Climate change under business-as-usual; 7. The impacts of climate change; 8. Why should we be concerned?; 9. Weighing the uncertainty; 10. A strategy for action to slow and stabilize climate change; 11. Energy and transport for the future; 12. The global village; Glossary; Index.