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The A-Z of Global Warming [Paperback]

Simon J. Rosser
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25 Sep 2008
Global warming- A quick introduction

The phrase global warming is a term that has been in common usage for some time and usually refers to recent warming of Earth's atmosphere, which also implies a manmade or human influence. Each chapter of this book deals with an aspect of it, but as an introduction, here is a quick overview.

Earth's atmosphere comprises of many gases, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapour to name a few. These gases are collectively called greenhouse gases and they keep the Earth's temperature at a comfortable 15 degrees celsius, without them Earth would be a chilly minus 18 degrees Celsius.

Since pre-industrial times, usually taken to be around 1750 we know from ice core records that Co2 levels were around 280 ppm, that's 280 parts of Co2 per million parts of air. As industrialisation got underway mankind started to farm the land more intensely than ever before, deforest for agriculture and settlements, and later since around 1850 or so, the burning fossil fuels for energy and transport have added considerably to greenhouse gas levels, particularly Co2.

This has resulted in Co2 levels increasing to around 385 ppm, an increase of around 37% from pre-industrial levels mainly as a result of burning fossil fuels.

How do we know this? Well, data from ice core records that go back at least 650,000 years now show us that Co2 levels have fluctuated naturally during this time between 280 and 300 ppm. Co2 levels have also been measured accurately from the top of Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii since 1958, and results show an increase in Co2 levels from 315 ppm to 385 ppm since that time. Therefore Co2 is now at 85 ppm more than it has been for at least 650,000 years of Earth's history.

It is a known scientific fact that higher levels of greenhouse gases will lead to higher temperatures, which appears to be happening now. The world has warmed by an average of 0.74 degrees during the last 100 years or so.

As a result of this warming, polar ice has started to decrease and melt, and so are Earth's land based glaciers. This in turn is causing sea levels to rise which is putting low lying islands at risk of flooding or total submersion, and will eventually threaten more and more of the worlds coastal cities and regions.

Things may get worse though, because once Earth's atmosphere starts to warm, the warming itself may cause further positive feedback mechanisms to kick in. A warmer atmosphere holds more water vapour, which is itself a powerful greenhouse gas. This will in turn cause further warming, and so on.

Melting ice means that more sunlight is absorbed by the surrounding darker water and land, meaning further warming, and more melting ice. Methane deposits currently held in a frozen but stable state under the sea and under the permafrost maybe released as the oceans warm and permafrost melts, which will cause further warming as methane is a potent greenhouse gas etc etc.

That is basically global warming in a nutshell, but is mankind really to blame for this warming? Read this book, and make up your own mind.

This book hopefully explains everything in an uncomplicated way, and looks at all the issues in much more detail, starting with the involvement of the Amazon rainforest, biofuels, carbon dioxide and so on, with each chapter relevant to the issues of global warming. Earth's historical climate is looked at, The Sun's role, the Kyoto agreement is explained, and the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) a unique panel comprised of many thousands of researchers and scientists from all over the world, are revealed.

Towards the end of the book, the consequences of global warming are looked at in terms of the weather, diseases, extinction, and importantly what the world and every human being on it can do to try and help the crisis that planet Earth and all of us are facing.

One thing is certain, no matter what mankind does to the Earth, whether it be destroy all of Earth's rainforest's, pollute the atmosphere and seas, cause unstoppable global warming, Earth will survive, as it has done for the past 4.5 billion years, and will do for billions of years into the future, it's mankind that may not.

I hope from reading this book you will learn something and become concerned enough to do something about the problem.

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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Schmall World Publishing; First Edition edition (25 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955809207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955809200
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simon Rosser was born in Cardiff, South Wales, UK in 1968.

He is a personal injury lawyer and author of action/adventure thrillers with an ecological theme.

Favorite authors - Ed McBain, James Patterson, Lee Child, Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston, Patrick Lee, Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison.

Favorite movies - Good The Bad and The Ugly, Jaws, Deliverance, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, It's A Wonderful Life, Scarface, Play Misty For Me, Electra-Glide In Blue, The Abyss to name a few!

Previous Books - THE A-Z OF GLOBAL WARMING - updated 2012 edition, and action-thrillers TIPPING POINT, IMPACT POINT and MELT ZONE

Forthcoming Books - Fourth Robert Spire action-adventure thriller, CATACLYSM OF THE ANCIENTS and apocalyptic thriller, VAPORIZED.

All books available in paperback or Kindle/ebook format.

My first writing experience, if you could call it that, came from my love of horror movies. Saturday night would be horror movie double bill night. I'm talking about all the Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price films, vampires, monsters, mummies and werewolves. I kept scrapbooks of all the films I saw between 1977 and 1981, and still have them to this day. I'd spend hours drawing a little picture of the film and appraising it - the writing part!

I decided to write the factual A-Z of Global Warming to clarify the complex subject of climate change. As for the thrillers, they are inspired by all the films i have watched and books I have ever read, mixed with a good bit of imagination...

If you have time, and enjoyed reading any of my books, please stop by and leave a review on Amazon. Thanks.

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"The chapters I have seen amount to a useful simplification in an unusual format of some very complex issues."
-- Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO

"This is an excellent, witty and imaginative book that looks at climate change through the lens of simplicity without the jargon and scientific detail which so often dogs this subject. It has a humour and tongue in cheek approach which highlights both the importance of the subject, but the need to engage the reader and not fill him or her with a hopeless sense of guilt. Enjoy¡¨ -- Tim Smit CBE Chief Executive of the Eden Project, Cornwall UK.

"helps to make a complex body of factual material accessible... useful to the climate change novice and seasoned eco-crusader alike."
-- Law Society Gazette, 23rd October 2008


"helps to make a complex body of factual material accessible... useful to the climate change novice and seasoned eco-crusader alike."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 8 Feb 2013
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I have read this book for my science project and anything I needed I found in this book. Excellent source of information. I would buy more science book from this author !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Global warming encyclopedia 21 Sep 2008
A well written and researched book on the subject, dealing with the known scientific facts on global warming, sourced by the author from many different reference points including NASA, NOAA, The World Wildlife Fund, and Sterns Review on the Economics of Climate Change to name a few. The A-Z format, makes this a very unusual and easy read in this particular subject matter, and the book comes with some intriguing and amusing illustrations which add a little light heartedness to this worrying subject. I was a little sceptical about the problem to be honest, but after reading this book, the scientific facts would appear clear... we dont' have much time left to take action to avert serious problems if the causes of global warming are not addressed soon! An essential read on the topic!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"A very interesting book, dealing with all aspects of climate change and global warming, and especially good for someone who knew very little about the subject, like myself ! The book is basically a factual account on the topic of global warming, with each chapter taking you through an alphabetic journey through the subject matter. Well written and illustrated throughout. A very handy and concise guide.... if not a little un-nerving ! "
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative, Inspirational, Educational 26 Sep 2008
Although the terminally inclement weather in Britain sometimes makes me wonder if and when global warming will affect this part of the world, Mr. Rosser's passionate and "ordinary person" approach to the subject is refreshing. He explains concepts of global warming in plain terms and the key points at the end of each chapter are very helpful.
Evidently, the author is also the artist. The drawings throughout the book are very appealing and nearly tell the story all on their own.

The book is just the right length and has nice feel to it. With so many books currently available on this subject, this one stands out as a favorite.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame 30 May 2012
By vidl
Format:Kindle Edition
Nice A-Z format, but the writer has taken the "warmist / alarmist" one-sided view of the story. Using quotes from politically motivated NGOs such as the WWF and other such "green/eco" groups who survive on funds by perpetuating the myth does not help his case. The IPCC is mentioned on many occasions, despite the hundreds of errors and retractions made by this body making it untrustworthy as a source of any solid empirical facts. Most output from the IPCC is based on finger in the wind computer modelling, and cherry-picked data where possible (Yamal tree data, for example).
If one simply knows that a rise in temperature PRECEDES a rise in CO2 - something glossed over by the author as "open to interpretation" then 99% of the premise of this book is destroyed. And as for the typical alarmist "there's more CO2 now than in the last 650,000 million years", well in fact, the ice cores show measurements of over 400ppm as recently as about 1700AD. and 420ppm about 200AD. Ice cores show similar carbon dioxide levels intermittently over the last 10,000 years.
One could go through this book an discredit each point, but that should be down the to educated reader. It has been noted as recently as this week that the more scientifically educated one is, the more likely that person will be sceptical / not-concerned about man-made climate change / global warming / climate disruption / whatever it is today - see "The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks".
So, yes, read this book, but do not let this be the end of your education. You NEED to balance your knowledge with books that take their data from non-biased politically-motivated sources.
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