The Living Earth: Climate and Climate Change, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 161530388X
  • ISBN-13: 9781615303885
  • DDC: 551.5
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 368 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released May 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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As a fixture in recent headlines, the Earth's climate has commanded much attention. While environmental and atmospheric conditions in large part determine the climate of a region, the impact of human activity has increasingly become a significant factor as well. This is especially true concerning significant climate changes, commonly known as global warming. New technologies and an ever-expanding population have contributed to worldwide climate shifts in ways that are harmful to the planet. The factors affecting climate, the various climate classification systems, and international responses to global warming are all carefully considered in this volume.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Climate.
2: Solar Radiation and Temperature.
3: Temperature.
4: Atmospheric Humidity and Precipitation.
5: Atmospheric Pressure and Wind.
6: Climatic Classification.
7: Approaches to Climatic Classification.
8: The World Distribution of Major Climatic Types.
9: Climate and Life.
10: The Gaia Hypothesis.
11: The Evolution of Life and the Atmosphere.
12: The Role of the Biosphere in the Earth-Atmosphere System.
13: The Cycling of Biogenic Atmospheric Gases.
14: Climate, Humans, and Human Affairs.
15: Climate Change.
16: The Earth System.
17: Evidence for Climate Change.
18: Causes of Climate Change.
19: Climate Change within a Human Life Span.
20: Climate Change since the Emergence of Civilization.
21: Climate Change since the Emergence of Humans.
22: Climate Change through Geologic Time.
23: Abrupt Climate Changes in Earth History.
24: Global Warming.
25: Causes of Global Warming.
26: Climate Research.
27: Potential Effects of Global Warming.
28: Global Warming and Public Policy.
29: Public Awareness and Action.
30: Conclusion.