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What We Know About Climate Change

by Kerry Emanuel

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This is a short, cutesy book that lays out the facts of climate change as of 2007. I don't really like the bottom line that the only way we can fix the system is through political (and of course, scientific) channels. There is no further analysis into why the political system is too flawed to fix the problems of climate change, and to be honest I didn't expect it from such a small book. But I really hate it when books like this tell people that they can help save the world by driving 30 miles le...more This is a short, cutesy book that lays out the facts of climate change as of 2007. I don't really like the bottom line that the only way we can fix the system is through political (and of course, scientific) channels. There is no further analysis into why the political system is too flawed to fix the problems of climate change, and to be honest I didn't expect it from such a small book. But I really hate it when books like this tell people that they can help save the world by driving 30 miles less per month, buying new CF bulbs, or buying a Prius and throwing away their old clunker. Clearly, if things were that easy, this planet should have no problems with global warming. ( )
  lemontwist | Dec 13, 2009 |
It's now available as an ebook on the MIT press portal http://mitpress-ebooks.mit.edu/product/what-we-know-about-climate-change
  ipublishcentral | Jun 10, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0262050897, Hardcover)

The vast majority of scientists agree that human activity has significantly increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere--most dramatically since the 1970s. In February 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that global warming is "unequivocal" and that human-produced carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are chiefly to blame, to a certainty of more than 90 percent. Yet global warming skeptics and ill-informed elected officials continue to dismiss this broad scientific consensus. In What We Know About Climate Change, MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel outlines the basic science of global warming and how the current consensus has emerged. Although it is impossible to predict exactly when the most dramatic effects of global warming will be felt, he argues, we can be confident that we face real dangers. Emanuel, whose work was widely cited in media coverage of Hurricane Katrina, warns that global warming will contribute to an increase in the intensity and power of hurricanes and flooding and more rapidly advancing deserts. But just as our actions have created the looming crisis, so too might they avert it. Emanuel calls for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gases and criticizes the media for playing down the dangers of global warming (and, in search of "balance," quoting extremists who deny its existence). An afterword by environmental policy experts Judith Layzer and William Moomaw discusses how the United States could lead the way in the policy changes required to deal with global warming. Kerry Emanuel is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science at MIT. He is the author of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes and Atmospheric Convection. In May 2006 he was named one of Time magazine's "Time 100: The People Who Shape Our World."

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"This book argues that in spite of extreme views in the media, reasonable scientists agree that human activity has significantly increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (dramatically so since the 1970s), and that there is good reason for concern. Kerry Emanuel explains the basic science of global warming to non-experts and shows why it is very difficult to predict when it will have a dramatic effect on the climate. Nonetheless, change will come. Emanuel warns of more intense hurricanes, flooding, and the advancing of deserts, and he calls for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gases. He also blasts the media for underreporting the dangers of global warming: in search of a "balanced" story, journalists have turned to extremists in the scientific community to find people who will deny the problem. In addition, he suggests some solutions for reducing the threat of global warming. The second edition is updated throughout and covers two main developments that have occurred since publication of the first edition. The first development is the next round of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate simulations, Assessment Report Five (AR5), which will provide an update on projections of climate change in the future. The second development is the so-called climategate incident and the subsequent collapse of U.S. popular and political support for dealing with climate change. This is mostly a political phenomenon, and Emanuel provides some insight into what happened and the consequences going forward"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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