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Climate: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 27 Jun 2013
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About the Author
Mark Maslin, Professor of Geography at UCL and Director of the Environment Institute. He is also the author of Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction.
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This tiny book (about the size of a pocket diary) of around 160 pages is part of an ongoing series that now stands at over 350 volumes on such subjects as Wittgenstein, The Spanish Civil War, Probability and so on.
In this volume the author presents the facts about our climate and the way it works and what causes say the various weather patterns that exist in certain parts of the world (e.g. why the weather in north-western Europe is so changeable) in such a clear and concise way whilst at the same time avoids getting the reader bogged down & confused by reams of maths & formulae that really are only for the professional meteorologist. In other words, he only tells you what you NEED to know to understand how the world's climate works. As I said, a rare talent for someone who's a professor of Geography at a well-known London University College!
For the amateur weather forecaster like myself, this book is a really interesting read without becoming either incomprehensible or off-putting, and conveys information in such an easy-to-understand way that even say a child of around 11-12 who's interested in either geography or the weather would easily understand.
The chapter headings are as follows:-
What is Climate?
Atmosphere and Oceans
Weather v. Climate
Tectonics and Climate (Very interesting!)
Global Climate Cooling
Great Ice Ages
Future Climate Change (a very timely warning to the world's leaders!)
Fixing Climate Change ( " " " " " " )
Ultimate Climate Change (frightening!)
About the only criticism I can make of the book is that the author is obviously a keen proponent of evolution and, whilst I am quite happy to accept that the earth is as old as he claims, I'm not so sure I agree with the author on how life came into existence on this planet. However, each to their own!
Overall, a superb book on the world's climate and how it works and what drives its various weather systems and why. It is one of the few books I intend to keep for the rest of my life! A truly invaluable little book!
Highly recommended to anyone who, like me, isn't a trained meteorologist, but wants to know more about our world's weather.
It covers the science and the underlying principles for non-scientists, but in an intelligent and straightforward manner. And with no personal agenda visible.
AND - it's written in conversational English, not po-faced prose - which is just so refreshing!! Loved it. Highly recommended.
The book is split into ten chapters:
1 - What is climate?
2 - Atmosphere and oceans.
3 - Weather versus climate
4 - Extreme climates
5 - Tectonics and climate
6 - Global climate cooling
7 - Great ice ages
8 - Future climate change
9 - Fixing climate change
10 - Ultimate climate change
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to understand and although it was small it was informative. A list of other books in the series suggests there are over 350 books in the series. Although I won't read all of them I am really interesting in reading more of them and I already have a list of some more to look into. It is a really good idea to have a small introductory book to a complex subject.
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If this and other books in the series were cheaper I would give it four stars.