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The Rough Guide To Climate Change (Rough Guides Reference Titles) [Paperback]

Bob Henson
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10 Jan 2008 Rough Guides Reference Titles
The Rough Guide to Climate Change gives the complete picture of the single biggest issue facing the planet. Cutting a swathe through scientific research and political debate, this completely updated 2nd edition lays out the facts and assesses the options- global and personal- for dealing with the threat of a warming world. The guide looks at the evolution of our atmosphere over the last 4.5 billion years and what computer simulations of climate change reveal about our past, present, and future. This updated edition includes new information from the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and an updated politics section to reflect post-Kyoto developments. Discover how rising temperatures and sea levels, plus changes to extreme weather patterns, are already affecting life around the world. The guide unravels how governments, scientists and engineers plan to tackle the problem and includes in-depth information and lifestyle tips about what you can do to help.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (10 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858281059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858281056
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Henson is a science journalist and meteorologist based in Boulder, Colorado, where he works as a writer and editor at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. His books include "The Rough Guide to Climate Change," which was shortlisted for the 2007 Royal Society Prize for Science Books, as well as "The Rough Guide to Weather" and "Weather on the Air: A History of Broadcast Meteorology," published in 2010 by the American Meteorological Society. Henson is a contributing editor of Weatherwise magazine and a frequent guest blogger for Capital Weather Gang. His interests include photography, bicycling, and popular culture.

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A wonderfully accessible and instructive book in the `Rough Guide' series. -- The Sunday Telegraph, 18 February, 2007

Concise, lucid and well-researched.
-- The Ecologist, March 2008

About the Author

Bob Henson works at the internationally recognised National Center for Atmospheric Research. Henson's previous books include the well-received Rough Guide to Weather.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and engaging 7 April 2009
By Glaucon
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This book presents a comprehensive review of the science, the social and environmental issues and the debates surrounding climate change, as well as reviewing various proposed ways of addressing the issues. The book is very accessible and well structured. It also deals with the common sceptical arguments thoroughly. The media tend to deal with issues such as climate change by presenting the case for and the case against as though they had equal backing, even where this is clearly not the case. This book provides a thorough review of the overwhelming scientific concensus that climate change is happening and of its causes. It leaves you with little doubt that the planet is warming and that this is caused by human activities. My only criticism would be that, after having clearly set out the enormity of the challenge facing humanity, the chapter about what we could do personally felt a little flimsy and left me feeling that global action is highly unlikely to be swift and far-reaching enough to address the problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AUTHORITATIVE AND A GREAT READ 6 Sep 2009
This book was my big summer read and I'm a great fan of it. Particularly good if you want to know the state of the science on climate change (second edition published January 2008), whether it's studies on why air travel is so damaging, to the massive upwards uncertainties about how fast the Arctic is melting and how high sea levels could rise. I work on some aspects of climate change but needed a much broader overview - this book has given it to me in an accessible way. The tone is balanced rather than polemical and packed full of information. The visuals and the writing style are great and break it down into bite-sized chunks. It shows you how big the challenge is, and it also takes you clearly through the steps that governments and economies will need to make, and the climate reasons why the timetable is tough. The steps on individual action are not really the focus of this book but are very practical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of great info 29 Oct 2012
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I bought this book as i have just finished my a levels and am interested in studying a related subject at uni. The book is small enough to carry round in your bag and really interesting, it is split into approachable sections and has good font size with the right amount of pictures. It provides a level of info that anyone could read but covers much more than the basics. The narritive is easy to read and various case studies put the science into great context. I would definately recommend it. Though it appears quite a small book i have spent many hours reading it and am only about halfway through, it is definately great value for money giving you a detailed overview of the different aspects of climate change whilst also providing other sources such as book titles that you could explore if you wanted more detail on a subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of useful facts 30 Jun 2012
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The book is a "must" for everyone who want to know more about climate change (reasons and consequences). You can find plenty of useful facts. Author used the latest scientific results and described latest developments in this field (pro, contra, lobbyist groups). At the same time style used is easy to read and understand.
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