Climate Change / Global Warming
The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge
- Author: Kirstin Dow, Thomas E. Downing
- Publisher: University of California Press. 2007.
- ISBN: 9780520255586
- Annotation: This atlas examines the causes of climate change and its possible impact on subsistence, water resources, ecosystems, biodiversity, health, coastal megacities, and cultural treasures. The history of greenhouse gas levels is reviewed, as well as both international and local efforts to deal with climate change.
Atmosphere, Climate and Change
- Author: Thomas E. Graedel, Paul J. Crutzen
- Publisher:Scientific American Library (W. H. Freeman & Co.). 1997.
- ISBN: 9780716760283
- Annotation: Graedel and Crutzen provide a useful overview of how earth's weather systems work and how natural events, such as the explosion of Mount Pinatubo, and human-caused events, such as the upsurge in greenhouse gases, affect the chemical makeup of the atmosphere. The authors provide interesting asides about weather forecasting, using newly developed models to predict regional climates of the year 2030, when, they say, the Sahel Desert will be wetter, southern Europe much drier, and North America several degrees warmer.
Climate Change: In Context
- Author: Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, K. Lee Lerner
- Publisher: Cengage Gale. 2008.
- ISBN: 9781414436142
- Annotation: Emphasizing the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this two volume work discusses the science, politics, and history of climate change, its causes and its impact. Authors are scientists, scholars, and researchers in various areas including geology, physics, environmental science, and law. Three to eight page articles present each topic. Also included are over 250 color photographs, illustrations and maps, bibliographies, definitions, and useful websites.
Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for Our Future
- Author: John D. Cox
- Publisher: National Academies Press. 2005.
- ISBN: 9780309093125
- Annotation:Written in an easy-to-read, narrative style, John Cox explains how the world's climate works and how it affects all of us.
The Daily Telegraph Book of the Weather: Past and Future Climate Changes Explained
- Author: Philip Eden
- Publisher: Continuum. 2003.
- ISBN: 9780826461971
- Annotation: Philip Eden looks at the world's weather since the end of the last glacier 11,000 years ago and mankind's ever increasing competence in forecasting. He describes and analyses the science of meteorology, from its origins in folk wisdom and proverbs up to the latest supercomputers and satellites, showing how technological breakthroughs let us see the increasing instability of our climate. The last chapter deals with 2100 and beyond, looking at the challenges for our grandchildren and the kind of changing climate they could face.
Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming
- Author: Michael Mann, Lee R. Kump
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc. 2008.
- ISBN: 9780756639952
- Annotation: Mann, an associate professor in the Dept. of Meteorology and Geosciences at Penn State and the director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center, and Kump, a professor in the Dept. of Geosciences at Penn State, present current scientific information about climate change and its potential implications. The scientific findings are presented in clear-cut graphic elements, images and understandable analogies.
The Discovery of Global Warming
- Author: Spencer R. Weart
- Publisher: Harvard University Press. 2003 / 2008 edition.
- ISBN: 0674011570
- Annotation: As Weart makes clear, global warming came to be accepted through a long process of incremental research by different disciplines working on unrelated problems rather than a dramatic revelation. The story goes back to the mid-1800s, when a French scientist wondered why the earth didn't bake to a crisp, and proposed that the planet radiated infrared energy. But when the Frenchman crunched the numbers, the equations indicated that the earth should be frigid, demonstrating that something in addition to solar energy influenced climate.
Floods, Droughts, and Climate Change
- Author: Michael Collier, Robert H. Webb
- Publisher: University of Arizona Press. 2002.
- ISBN: 9780816522507
- Annotation: Collier and Webb, both of the United States Geological Service, discuss the broadest influences on climate, such as incoming solar radiation and changes in the earth's orbit and axial tilt. The position of continents which, along with prevailing winds, establishes the pattern of ocean currents, is also explained, as well as how ocean currents affect the global distribution of heat. The ocean current El Nino-Southern Oscillation is highlighted as perhaps the best known example of climate change.
The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change
- Author: Richard Somerville
- Publisher: American Meteorological Society. 2008.
- ISBN: 9781878220851
- Annotation: Somerville presents in clear jargon-free language the science of global change, including the atmospheric phenomena of the ozone hole, changes in the greenhouse effect, acid rain, and air pollution. The interrelatedness of human activity and global change is also highlighted.
Global Warming: The Complete Briefing
- Author: John T. Houghton
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press. 2004.
- ISBN: 9780521817622
- Annotation: Houghton explores the scientific basis of global warming and the likely impacts of climate change on human society, before addressing actions that could be taken by governments, industry and individuals to mitigate the effects. Houghton is a former Chairman of the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Our Changing Planet: The View from Space
- Author: Robin G. Williams, Kim C. Partington, Michael D. King, Claire L. Parkinson, eds.
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press. 2007.
- ISBN: 9780521828703
- Annotation: Using satellite imagery of earth from the past 40 years, scientists explain the science behind the images and discuss the implications of changes shown over time. Using the themes of the atmosphere, land surfaces, the oceans, ice and human modifications, the book's beautiful images and well written text provide a unique way of seeing the world.
The Oxford Companion to Global Change
- Author: Andrew Goudie, David Cuff
- Publisher: Oxford University Press. 2008.
- ISBN: 9780195324884
- Annotation: An up-to-date, comprehensive, interdisciplinary guide to the issues surrounding natural and human induced changes in the Earth's environment. The Companion includes information on the technological, social, demographic, economic and political factors as well as biological, chemical and physical systems.
Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate
- Author: William F. Ruddiman
- Publisher: Princeton University Press. 2007.
- ISBN: 9780691133980
- Annotation: Ruddiman discusses three broad stages of human history; when nature was in control, when humans began to take control and current human impact on climate change. Along the way he raises the fascinating possibility that plagues, by depleting human populations, also affected reforestation and thus climate. The book concludes by looking to possible effects of global warming in the future.
The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change
- Author: Charles P. Wohlforth
- Publisher: North Point Press. 2004.
- ISBN: 9780865477148
- Annotation: Wohlforth accompanies one group of scientists on a Nome-to-Barrow transect to measure winter snowpack, talking to climate modelers, glaciologists, entomologists, and biologists at their various research stations on the Arctic coast or in the interior. In contrast to the scientists' logic and research, Wohlforth also accompanies the Inupiat on their tradition-keeping hunts for bowhead whales and listens to their observations and ancestral memories about the climate. The combination of both views illuminates the changing climate for us all..
The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather and the Destruction of Civilizations
- Author: Eugene Linden
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster. 2007.
- ISBN: 9780684863535
- Annotation: An environmental journalist, Linden explains how climate has affected human society through history, such as Greenland's Norse settlements in 1350 and Central America's Mayan civilization around 950. He also discusses factors influencing the current climate and explains scientists' various theories on how the climate has changed through history