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Climate, History and the Modern World [Paperback]

H. H. Lamb
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15 July 1982
We live in a world that is increasingly vulnerable to climatic shocks - affecting agriculture and industry, government and international trade, not to mention human health and happiness. Serious anxieties have been aroused by respected scientists warning of dire perils that could result from upsets of the climatic regime. In this internationally acclaimed book, Emeritus Professor Hubert Lamb examines what we know about climate, how the past record of climate can be reconstructed, the causes of climatic variation, and its impact on human affairs now and in the historical and prehistoric past. This 2nd Edition includes a new preface and postscript reviewing the wealth of literature to emerge in recent years, and discusses implications for a deeper understanding of the problems of future climatic fluctuations and forecasting.
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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (15 July 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0416334407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0416334401
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,527,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"From reviews of the first edition: . . . written in a popular style that allows the book to be effectively used by readers not formally trained in the atmospheric sciences. Geographers across the discipline will be comfortable with the technical level used throughout the book."-"Economic Geography "From reviews of the first edition: uL This fascinating book builds upon a lifetime of study of past climates. . . . The book is strongly recommended to all who need to assess the significance of climatic change."-"Australian Meteorological Magazine "From reviews of the first edition: Any book from the prolific pen of Professor Hubert Lamb is always welcome, as one knows that it will be entertaining, wide-ranging and full of good sense. The present work is no exception."-"International Journal of Environmental Studies "From reviews of the first edition: "Climate, History and the Modern World will join that list of very important books which achieve a wide readership, perhaps fuel a next stage of thinking about the subject . . .."-"Progress in Human Geography --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and reference item 28 Oct 2007
This is a fascinating reminder to all of us that climate is never stable for very long. A good romp through past natural climate change, leading up to the more recent problems of anthropomorphic climate change.

An excellent book that should be on the bookshelf of anyone faintly interested in weather and climate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Climatology 2 Jan 2012
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This very old book, now back in a ridiculously highly priced reprint, is an excellent source for synoptic knowledge for meteorologist and climatologists alike.
For the amateur forecaster, as I am, this book confirms nearly all of the really old saws,sayings/rhymes. It does not deal with jet streams, El Nino, La Lina or volcanis ash.
A real treasure if you can find the original edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Scholarly Overview of Climatic Changes in Historical Times 8 Oct 2000
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I used this book as a reference to write a position paper on global warming for a graduate course in Environmental Science. Professor Lamb's book is a fascinating account of how climate has impacted human history. Originally published in 1982 the new edition (1995) includes material on global warming, atmospheric pollution, population growth, and implications for future climatic fluctuations. This is a one stop reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where is North America ? 31 Dec 2008
By William C. Foster - Published on
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Lamb's subject is global and his coverage reflects it. It is his lack of balance that bothers me. His origial work all but ignored North America; this was .corrected somewhat in the second edition. But there is substantial evidence of the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age in archeological studies and in 16th and 17th century diaries and journals of European expeitions in North America that Lamb ignors. Still, no one else has focused on the available information in any systematic way that has been published to my five stars...there simply is nothing better on North America to date.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Lamb's silent history of climate and the modern world 22 May 2013
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Lamb's exhaustive survey is not only dated but flawed by his anglo-eurocentric perspective. South America and the Caribean are left out and virtually ignored (except for the Mayan realm). No mention is made of the El Niño phenomenon although the subject was well established by the date of his second edition. Even Columbus went unmentioned, as well as a vast scientific literature in Spanish.
Francisco Watlington, Ph.D
Professor of Geography
University of Puerto Rico
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