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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199548242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199548248
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Maslin is Associate Professor at the Environmental Change Research Center in the Department of Geography at the University of London.

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Buy the book and educate yourself about these vital issues.
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Mark Maslin has written a very important book.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on November 29, 2007
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If the tech writers for Panasonic and Canon could write as clearly as Mark Maslin, I could probably program all my electronics without asking my teenage son for help! In 148 pages, he provides as much fair and balanced insight into the science and the politics of "global warming" as any five other books I've looked at, and as much information as most of us might need to behave as responsible citizens. Although the book is already "out of date" in view of the recent release of the 2007 IPCC report, none of its main points, either of science or of societal concern, have been supplanted.
Maslin is clearly convinced that anthropogenic climate change is occurring, and that it would be proper to take precautionary steps to deal with its possible effects. But he gives the skeptics their due, dispassionately summarizing their objections and responding respectfully when a response is available. He is NOT an alarmist, though he plainly thinks that some alarm is a reasonable reaction to the best-case scenarios as well as the worst.
I don't usually squeal that such-and-such book is a MUST-READ for everyone's sewing circle, Sunday School class, and dog-walker. If I had the means, however, I'd send every household in the USA a copy of this book along with the seasonal catalogues. My thanks to Jay, the only previous reviewer, for bringing this useful little book to my attention.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Miley on December 3, 2009
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As a novice to almost all of the issues surrounding the global warming debate, I found this book to be an informative read. The primary purpose of the book is to introduce many issues surrounding the warming of the planet, not simply the issue of the causal link between Co2 emissions and temperature change. Chapters center around issues such as the history of the debate surrounding the warming of the planet, future projections of our climate, possible surprises to the climate (e.g., adjustments in deep-ocean circulation), and political solutions to the problems created by global warming. As a result of this multifarious approach, the skeptic will not find much to assuage his doubts on the subject.

Maslin explains that the prevalence of the global warming theory was engendered by a sharp upsurge in the global annual mean temperature, what is referred to as the "hockey stick" because charts of recent temperature trends resemble a hockey stick. Yet the theory of human induced climate change was first propounded in the late 19th century but was dismissed because other factors were believed to be the source of climate adjustments. Such vacillation from climatologists over the years surely contributes to some of the skepticism regarding climate change, and their promotion of global cooling in the 70s doesn't help their case. But Maslin believes that the short period of cooling which gave rise to the theory can be explained under the broader theory of global warming, explaining the cooling as a product of "the decadal influence of the sunspot cycle and that pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide aerosols, cooled the industrial regions of the globe" (29-30). Skeptics also purport that the correlation between Co2 and temperature is one in which rises of Co2 _precede_ a temperature rise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NukyDoky on May 14, 2010
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This book deserves much pride for putting so much good, varied and accurate information in so few pages. This edition has been updated in 2009.
The author covers several aspects of the global warming theory and of its political, social and economic implications. The scientific part of the book is of a quite high level (I am thinking about the ocean circulation perturbations that would follow a melting of either Greenland or the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. I had to read this part a couple of times to grasp it). That's maybe a problem in that this book is not really a "short introduction" but rather an "advanced introduction" to global warming. I would recommend another book to start with, for example Mann's Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming for those who do not know much about the field.
This book is however an excellent further reading. I like a lot the short history of global warming that starts the book, the parts about the disinformation campaigns orchestrated by fossil fuel lobbies and the Republicans in the 1990's and when G.W. Bush was at the White House. This puts the "skeptics" movement into the right perspective. I have also enjoyed a lot the Chapter about "surprises" (tipping points), although as mentioned above this part is sometimes too advanced for the book to pretend to be a "short introduction".
The author provides many references and does a great job of objectivity by acknowledging the limitations of our current knowledge of the climate system. He answers specifically to some classical "skeptics" thesis, which might help clarify some extremely outdated (but still repeated today) critics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dag Stomberg on March 7, 2010
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This is the International Year of Biodiversity:2010. Having said
that, what about the UK Climate Change and the recent developments of other Countries' Policies?

A very short introduction to a very long problem potentially.

The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) website is suggested.

Where does the buck stop; does it with governmental power and
authority? To a large extent, but what about ever so many people
all around the planet.

"The European Union has maintained a coordinated position on
climate change, usually speaking through its presidency."

In this book the author offers the latest word in advanced sustainable development implementation.

Mark Maslin has written a very important book.

I strongly recommend this book.

Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
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