For any science or social science course in need of a basic understanding of IPCC reports.
Periodic reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) evaluate the risk of climate change brought on by humans. But the sheer volume of scientific data remains inscrutable to the general public, particularly to those who may still question the validity of climate change. In just over 200 pages, this practical text presents and expands upon the essential findings in a visually stunning and undeniably powerful way to the lay reader. Scientific findings that provide validity to the implications of climate change are presented in clear-cut graphic elements, striking images, and understandable analogies.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Climate Change Basics
The Relative Impacts of Humans and Nature on ClimatePart 2: Projections of Future Climate Change
Taking Action in the Face of Uncertainty: The Role of the Scientist in Global Change Policy Making
Why is it Called The Greenhouse Effect?
Feedback Loops Compound the Greenhouse Effect
What Are the Important Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?
Isn’t Carbon Dioxide Causing the Hole in the Ozone Layer?
Greenhouse Gases on the Rise
It’s Getting Hotter Down Here! Surface Temperature Observations:
Is Our Atmosphere Really Warming?
Back to the Future: Deep Time Holds Clues to Greenhouse Climates
But Weren’t Scientists Warning Us of an Imminent Ice Age Only Decades Ago?
How Does Modern Warming Differ from Past Warming Trends?
Signs of Things to Come: A Decade of Western North American Drought
Signs of Things to Come: The European Heat Wave of Summer 2003
A Tempest in a Greenhouse: Have Hurricanes Become More Frequent and Intense?
The Vanishing Snows of Kilimanjaro: An Icon of Climate Change?
The Day after Tomorrow: Will the Ocean’s Conveyor Belt Shut Down?
The Last Interglacial Period as Analogue For the Future
How to Build a Climate Model
James Hansen Biographical Sketch
Climate Models Help Us to Assess Changing Climate Trends
Regional vs. Global Trends
‘Fingerprints’ Can Distinguish Human and Natural Impacts on Climate
How Sensitive is the Climate? Modern ObservationsPart 3: The Impacts of Climate Change
How Sensitive is the Climate? Evidence from Past Centuries
How Sensitive is the Climate? Evidence From Deep Time
Fossil Fuel Emission Scenarios: Predicting the Possibilities
The Next Century: How Will The Climate Change? Part 1
The Next Century: How Will the Climate Change? Part 2
The Geographical Pattern of Future Warming
Carbon Cycle Feedbacks: Nature’s Response to Increasing Atmospheric CO2
Coral Reefs: Will Ocean Acidification be their Demise?
Melting Ice and Rising Sea Level
Future Changes in Extreme Weather
Stabilizing Atmospheric CO2: Is a Greenhouse World a Better World?
The Rising Impact of Global WarmingPart 4: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
Is it Time to Sell that Beach House?
Ecosystems: Worth Saving?
The Highway to Extinction?
James Lovelock Biographical Sketch (
Water: Too Much and Too Little
Is Warming from Carbon Dioxide Leading to More Air Pollution?
Pestilence and Death
Earth, Wind, and Fire: Impacts on North America
Too Wet and Too Hot: Impacts on Europe
The Polar Meltdown
Is Global Warming the Last Straw for Vulnerable Ecosystems? How Human Activity has Changed the Rules of the GamePart 5: Solving Global Warming
To Adapt or To Mitigate? What is the Best Course for the Coming Century
It’s the Economy, Stupid: The Cost of Action vs. Inaction
A Finger in the Dike: Adapting to Sea Level Rise
A Hard Row to Hoe: Adapting Farming and Agricultural Practices
Solving Global Warming
Where Are All Those Emissions Coming From?
Global Energy Supply: Keeping the Power Turned On
On the Road Again
Odorless, Colorless, and Non-toxic, but Still a Threat: Industrial CO2 Pollution
Forests: Source or Sink for Atmospheric CO2?
One Person’s Garbage is Another’s Carbon Mitigation Strategy
Geoengineering: Having Our Cake and Eating it Too!
But What Can I Do About It?
What’s Your Carbon Footprint?
Global Problems Require International Cooperation
Can We Achieve Sustainable Development?
The Ethics of Climate Change
The Known Unknowns and the Unknown Unknowns
The Urgency of Climate Change: Why We Must Act Now