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Dire predictions: understanding global warming

Author: Mann, Michael E. ; Kump, Lee R.Publisher: DK Publishing, 2009.Language: EnglishDescription: 208 p. : Graphs/Ill./Maps/Photos ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780136044352Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes glossary List(s) this item appears in: SDG Week 2021
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Dire Predictions Understanding Global Warming Contents Introduction....................................................................6 About the IPCC............................................................. 8 About the authors...........................................................9 What is up with the weather (and the climate!)?...........10 Part 1 CLIMATE CHANGE BASICS The relative impacts of humans and nature on climate........................................................... 18 Taking action in the face of uncertainty........................ 20 Why is it called the greenhouse effect?.........................22 Feedback loops compound the greenhouse effect...........................................................24 What are the important greenhouse gases, and where do they come from?...........................26 Isn't carbon dioxide causing the hole in the ozone layer?......................................................... 30 Greenhouse gases on the rise.........................................32 Couldn't the increase in atmospheric CO2 be the result of natural cycles?.............................. 34 It's getting hotter down here!.........................................36 Is our atmosphere really warming?............................... 38 Back to the future.......................................................... 40 But weren't scientists warning us of an imminent Ice Age only decades ago?....................... 44 How does modem warming differ from past warming trends?..................................................... 46 What can a decade of western North American drought tell us about the future?................... 48 What can the European heat wave of 2003 tell us about the future?................................................. 52 A tempest in a greenhouse.............................................56 The vanishing snows of Kilimanjaro.............................58 The day after tomorrow................................................. 60 The last interglacial.....................................................62 How to build a climate model..................................... 64 Profile: James Hansen.................................................66 Comparing climate model predictions with observations........................................................ 68 Regional vs global trends............................................70 "Fingerprints" distinguish human and natural impacts on climate.......................................... 72 Part 4 VULNERABILITY AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE Is global warming the last straw for vulnerable ecosystems?....................................... 142 What is the best course for the coming century?.................................................. 144 It's the economy, stupid!........................................... 146 Part 2 CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECTIONS How sensitive is the climate?......................................78 Fossil-fuel emissions scenarios ..................................86 The next century 88 The geographical pattern of future warming.............. 92 Carbon-cycle feedbacks.............................................. 94 Melting ice and rising sea level.................................. 98 Future changes in extreme weather............................ 100 Stabilizing atmospheric CO2....................................... 104 A finger in the dike....................................................148 Water-management strategies................................... 150 A hard row to hoe......................................................152 Part 5 SOLVING GLOBAL WARMING Solving global warming............................................ 156 Where do all those emissions come from?................158 Keeping the power turned on.................................... 160 On the road again...................................................... 162 Building green........................................................... 166 Industrial CO2 pollution............................................ 168 Greener acres.............................................................170 Forests....................................................................... 174 Waste......................................................................... 176 Geoengineering......................................................... 178 But what can I do about it?........................................180 What's your carbon footprint?...................................182 Global problems require international cooperation...........................................184 Can we achieve sustainable development?............... 188 The ethics of climate change.....................................190 The known unknowns Part 3 THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE The rising impact of global warming..........................108 Is it time to sell that beach house? ............................. 110 Ecosystems..................................................................112 Coral reefs .................................................................. 114 The highway to extinction?.........................................118 Profile: James Lovelock..............................................120 Too much and too little 122 Is warming from carbon dioxide leading to more air pollution? 126 War..............................................................................128 Famine.........................................................................130 ...Pestilence and death 132 Earth, wind, and fire ...................................................134 Too wet and too hot ....................................................136 The polar meltdown ....................................................138 and the unknown unknowns...................................... 192 The urgency of climate change................................. 194 Glossary ....................................................................198 Index.......................................................................... 204 Picture Credits/ Author Acknowledgements.............208

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