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Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices [Kindle Edition]

Division on Earth and Life Studies , National Research Council
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What is climate? Climate is commonly thought of as the expected weather conditions at a given location over time. People know when they go to New York City in winter, they should take a heavy coat. When they visit the Pacific Northwest, they should take an umbrella. Climate can be measured as many geographic scales - for example, cities, countries, or the entire globe - by such statistics as average temperatures, average number of rainy days, and the frequency of droughts. Climate change refers to changes in these statistics over years, decades, or even centuries.

 Enormous progress has been made in increasing our understanding of climate change and its causes, and a clearer picture of current and future impacts is emerging. Research is also shedding light on actions that might be taken to limit the magnitude of climate change and adapt to its impacts.

Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices is intended to help people understand what is known about climate change. First, it lays out the evidence that human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels, are responsible for much of the warming and related changes being observed around the world. Second, it summarizes projections of future climate changes and impacts expected in this century and beyond. Finally, the booklet examines how science can help inform choice about managing and reducing the risks posed by climate change. The information is based on a number of National Research Council reports, each of which represents the consensus of experts who have reviewed hundreds of studies describing many years of accumulating evidence.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11033 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: National Academies Press (29 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Global warming quick guide 13 July 2014
By Lee
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References are given often and this book has genuinely come in useful for an assignment. Great graphs and tables also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars seems pretty decent to me 19 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Nicely presented and constructed. The negative reviews are obviously from those people who have a misguided yet almost evangelical desire to debunk any article or book or report which suggests there is a probable link between climate change and mans activity on earth.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 14 Nov. 2013
By PaulM
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The title of this book is very misleading as it only provides evidence that climate change is still happening as it always has, not that humans are the cause. It also carefully avoids all of the awkward topics such as the logarithmic effect of CO2.

The best that can be said about it is that it is a good summary of where the argument was about 10 years ago.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Global warming propaganda masquerading as science 19 Jan. 2014
By Gareth
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This booklet provides an overview of the theory of man-made global warming.
Unfortunately, it makes no attempt to investigate the theory, or to explain why the predictions of computer models based on the theory have proved to be wrong.
The result is a very superficial and misleading account.
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1.0 out of 5 stars the first 4 lines are incorrect so don't bother. 2 April 2014
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There is no evidence that climate change is "being currently observed". so the first 4 lines of the book are incorrect. This tells you all you need to know. 95% of scientists that are on the payroll of the IPCC think that humans probably are altering the climate in the medium-to-long term by fossil fuels. Thats not the same thing. Yet another dumb publication that avoids science almost entirely. IF you want to learn more about the evidence for man made climate influence then there are plenty of good research papers out there but I have yet to find a book for the masses that is not peppered with ignorance and generalisations. If , like me , you are open minded and want to be convinced by thorough research and findings then the subject of climate soon become more and more fascinating if not for the fact we know so little about it....
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