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Praise for the 3rd Edition: "...this book definitely lives up to its title. Highly recommended." R.M. Ferguson, Eastern Connecticut State University, CHOICE
"...the best single-volume guide to the science of climate change." Times Literary Supplement
"...I highly recommend this textbook." EOS, Keith Alverson
"...a widely praised book on global warming and its consequences." The Economist
"This text combines all of the various IPCC products under one cover and adds a single well-edited delivery mechanism." Oceanography
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The book is aimed at those who know little about climatology or global warming. It will help to have some general scientific background. The pertinent facts - how much we have increased the atmosphere's CO2 concentration, in what way this gas effects the earth's energy balance, etc. - are available here, and the information is referenced to primary scientific sources. The prognosis for a warming of the atmosphere is gently asserted in the affirmative, but the uncertainties are also presented. Without being a climatologist, I found most of my qestions of this nature were answered. The only point I was curious about but found missing was what recent changes in glaciers tell us about the present tendency of global temperature.
After presenting the data, the models and arguing gently for a moderate warming tendency, Houghton presents several nice chapters on effects (potentially severe) and responses to the problem, with a particular emphasis on energy. The suggested responses leave one with the sense that Houghton is an optimist. He incites to action, where it is hard to imagine today's politicians asking us to change our habits so fundamentally.
This book is stimulating, both on the subject of global warming (whether or not it is occurring, how much, what is our role), as well as on the potential consequences and suitable responses.Read more ›
Unusually for such a work, chapter 8 looks at why we should be concerned. Or rather, why we should care if - as is the case - there will be winners as well as losers from climate change. Houghton discusses his personal belief there, and successfully brings issues of religion and ethics into the debate - something which, as he points out, is all too often deliberately left out of the discussion.
Some people dislike such an approach in a book on science. Some will think that a breath of fresh air. Whether you agree with him or not, it is good to read a Christian writer explaining why Christians should not be siding with the climate change sceptics. Nevertheless if you don't want that in a book then just ignore that chapter - the book is still more than worth its price.
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Once again Amazon beats the college bookstore! Truly the best place to purchase books! This book itself was a very easy read and gave you a good primer on climate change.Published 12 months ago by Niki
Used as a textbook in my college course, this book is well-written and provided excellent information as to the geothermic processes and conditions conducive to life on Earth. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SK
It's a great overview of the challenges we face and the history that has gotten us to this point. Also a good way to have at least a basic understanding of the topic for... Read morePublished 17 months ago by nweller
This is a challenging book to read and, therefore, will not be read by many. But it is the most thorough, complete, and comprehensive account of ‘Climate Change’ a casual reader... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marvin D. Pipher
The story of Global Warming, a defunct description of climate change, blows an opportunity to expose those disbelievers with their heads in the sand and asses exposed to the... Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Old man
Only reason I gave it 4 stars is simply this... I'm taking a global climate change class and it is required reading. Good book overall.Published on January 15, 2014 by H. Bernal
One of the densest and not thought out climate change text books out there. If you make your students read this, I highly suggest reading parts of the IPCC reports instead and pair... Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Bay