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The Rough Guide to Climate Change 3 Exp Upd Edition

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ISBN-10: 1848365799
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If there is one book that ticks all the boxes of accessibility, authority and timeliness it is The Rough Guide to Climate Change The Daily Telegraph

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For a fully updated and revised version of the material in this book, see Robert Henson's The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change (2014).
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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide to Climate Change
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 3 Exp Upd edition (May 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848365799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848365797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book serves to give very basic and thorough information about climate science, with a focus on climate change. It is very well-written and conveys the significance of global warming, in an even-handed way that is not alarmist, but nevertheless takes the human intervention in climate seriously. One aspect of this seriousness is that some background on the ongoing political controversy surrounding global warming is presented. The technical issues of climate warming and the scientific controversies are not discussed, and this is probably wise in a book intended for the general educated public. Among environmentalists, technology is often perceived as one of the culprits in global warming. Whatever one's perspective on this, effective understanding of global warming, and proposed solutions (or partial solutions) are very likely to depend strongly on both science and technology. Dr. Henson devotes one of the sections in this book to discussions of possible technological solutions for the problems posed by global warming, and another section to providing some practical ideas about what the ordinary citizen can do to lessen his or her impact on climate change. Dr. Henson has written extremely clearly and lucidly about all of this, in a basic and non-technical way, which communicates a great deal of information in a fairly short and readable book. The science of climate change must consider processes not only related to human activity and other biological activity, but to the atmosphere, oceans, land masses, and glaciers throughout the Earth, and the interactions among and between all of these. In fact, to a certain extent, a perspective must be placed on this as well that involves Earth history.Read more ›
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Bob Henson's Rough Guide to Climate Change stands out among textbook-style books about climate change on account of the author's meticulous research and a perspective that rises above the din and acrimony that characterizes so much of the climate change debate today. Henson even-handedly considers the best available science, what's known (and what's not) about causes and consequences, and the solutions that have been proposed to address climate change.

What stands out most about the Rough Guide is that Henson goes beyond presenting the science and solutions in a vacuum, like so many other guides do. Rather, in Chapter 4 "Debates & Solutions" Henson acknowledges the societal and political context in which climate change sits, including the highly polarized debates around the issue. He doesn't shy from exploring the contours of the debates, including what's at stake. Rather than take a position, he lends a keen eye to dissecting and trying to get to the roots of those debates and fairly represent all sides. In the end, Henson does not take a position on whether or how climate change should be addressed. Rather he organizes, summarizes, and clarifies the menu of approaches that we could take as individuals and as a society.

Henson's work has been recognized by national leaders, scientific groups, and other groups from all walks of society. The 2nd edition of the same book was shortlisted for the Royal Society's Prizes for Science Books in 2007.
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This is the most lucid and helpful introduction to climate change that I've encountered--after a lot of looking. Admirably readable, level-headed, and valuable. The book is elegantly organized, sufficiently detailed, and nicely indexed. It is accessible to beginners but never dumbs down the subject. Henson does his vital topic--and the reader--full justice. For someone new to the subject, or wanting to introduce someone else to it, this is the first book to read.
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I received a copy of this book as an Early Reviewer at LibraryThing and have found it fascinating. In a very clear and straightforward manner, Henson lays out the basics of climate change, the symptoms, the science to explain them, the ridiculous debate, possible solutions, what we can do to reduce our own carbon footprint and demand political action. He also includes a selection of books and websites to seek out for further information.

The Rough Guide to Climate Change is an easy read on what can be quite a dry topic. Henson does well in making the information accessible and easy to understand without writing down to his audience. While I read it knowing something of climate change, I learned a lot and think it would be a good resource for anyone wanting to learn more.
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This book is excellent for beginners trying to get in touch with climate change and the history of it. It goes into detail about climate change and the not always interchangeable "global warming." I recommend this book for research purposes as well as leisure reading.
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