Britannica Guide to Climate Change, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1593398484
  • ISBN-13: 9781593398484
  • DDC: 363.738
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 320 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released July 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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There are a few subjects that divide opinion more than climate change. What is the truth? Can the solution be found in a global political treaty or individual action? This Britannica guide gives a clear overview of the scientific evidence, from data showing how the atmosphere has changed in the last 4.5 billion years to more recent studies on the symptoms of a warming planet and the global effects of greenhouse gases, deforestation, and population. The guide introduces you to the possible solutions and to key figures in the debate, from the origins of environmentalism through to the Kyoto Protocol and beyond. In his wide-ranging introduction, Robert M. May, leading commentator and former President of the Royal Society, looks at the current scientific debates concerning climate change and shows how our actions can change the future.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Big Picture.
2: Climate Change: A Short Introduction.
3: What Is Climate?.
4: A History of Weather Forecasting.
5: The Changing World.
6: The Changing Planet: Land.
7: The Changing Planet: Hydrosphere.
8: The Changing Planet: Atmosphere.
9: The Decline in Biodiversity.
10: Ideas, Arguments, and Progress.
11: Environmentalism: Past, Present, and Future.
12: Key Environmental Thinkers.
13: Responses to Change.