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The Fate of Greenland: Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change Paperback – 1 Oct 2013
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."..the book gives a refreshingly clear picture of the science of studying climate change and of the curious, dedicated scientists in action." -- "Publishers Weekly"
"This book teaches us a lot about how to do science and how to investigate difficult problems about the causes of environmental change. It shows that abrupt climate changes really have happened and puts forward likely mechanisms. It tells us a great deal about the wonders of Greenland and how important the country is as a window on to the recent glaciations. And it makes the whole idea of sudden, grave climate shocks arising from greenhouse emissions seem terribly plausible, even if it does not predict any particular shocks. It is not a story about lands' end, but it is a very fine tribute to [Gary] Comer." -- "Times Higher Education"
"Scientists and non-scientists from all walks of life will find this an eloquent and timely read." -- Rick Docksai, "The Futurist"
"[A] gripping rationale for their simple plea -- 'Pay attention to Greenland.'" -- Bud Ward, "The Yale Forum"
..".the book gives a refreshingly clear picture of the science of studying climate change and of the curious, dedicated scientists in action." -- "Publishers Weekly"
Scientists and non-scientists from all walks of life will find this an eloquent and timely read.--Rick Docksai ""The Futurist" "
[A] gripping rationale for their simple plea -- 'Pay attention to Greenland.'--Bud Ward ""The Yale Forum" "
Scientists and non-scientists from all walks of life will find this an eloquent and timely read.--Rick Docksai "The Futurist "
[A] gripping rationale for their simple plea -- 'Pay attention to Greenland.'--Bud Ward "The Yale Forum "
About the Author
George Denton, a geologist, is Professor of Geological Sciences and Quaternary Studies at the University of Maine.
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Far from simply discussing ice coring, the book also details geological changes that have been found in Greenland and how they tie in with other climate data. Overall, this book presents the steps that have been taken in Greenland to unravel the mystery of climate change. Greenland is, in many ways, the canary in the coal mine and data extracted there is very useful in determining where we are most likely headed.
The book presents a scenario that is not rosy, but is also not disastrous either. Instead, it presents what the best scientific thinking of today is about how change is occurring. It is written in language that a lay person can understand, however it is not easy reading. In the end, all of the authors are PhDs and their writing does reflect that.
I would be remiss if I did not point out the spectacular photography present throughout the book. All in color, there are very spectacular photos of glaciers, ice and numerous geological features.
This is a great book for catching up on the latest in research and for a non-alarmist point of view. Just expect to spend a little time going over some areas several times if you are not up on geology. I highly recommend this book.
Much of the information that they present is quite recent. I consider myself quite familiar with this subject, but there were quite a number of investigations that I was unaware of, with data very relevant to the subject.
If you are looking for reassurance that global warmng is not serious, this is not the book for you. While assidously avoiding alarmist type of writing, they data that is presented does not bode well for us.
Well worth the money, whether you are a professional or an interested citizen.
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