Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future

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Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future

Format:  Hardcover,

214 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jul 2012

ISBN-13: 9780307907301

ISBN-10: 0307907309

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Produced by Climate Central--a highly regarded independent, nonprofit journalism and research foundation founded in 2008--and reviewed by scientists at major educational and research institutions the world over, "Global Weirdness" summarizes, in clear and accessible prose, everything we know about the science of climate change; explains what is likely to happen to the climate in the future; and lays out in practical terms what we can and cannot do to avoid further shifts.
Sixty easy-to-read entries tackle such questions as: Is climate ever "normal"? Why and how do fossil-fuel burning and other human practices produce greenhouse gases? What natural forces have caused climate change in the past? What risks does climate change pose for human health? What accounts for the diminishment of mountain glaciers and small ice caps around the world since 1850? What are the economic costs and benefits of reducing carbon emissions?
"Global Weirdness" enlarges our understanding of how climate change affects our daily lives, and arms us with the incontrovertible facts we need to make informed decisions about the future of the planet and of humankind.
"With black-and-white images interspersed throughout."

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jul 2012
ISBN-13: 9780307907301
ISBN-10: 0307907309
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 214
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.5 x 1.0

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Review by Library Journal (2012-06-01)

Blizzards in October? Heat waves in March? The nonprofit journalism and research group Climate Central breaks down information about weird weather and climate change in this collection of vignettes that distinguish global warming fact from rumor. Written by staffers and peer--reviewed by staff and outside scientists, this book briefly and frankly discusses the science behind each fact or rumor about climate change to better inform the public. With quippy titles, helpful summaries, and a jargon-free writing style, Climate Central integrates scientific, historical, and sociological facts in an appealing and informative manner. The text is repetitive on purpose, and highlights the interdisciplinary nature of understanding the human-environment interaction.

Verdict: The result is a digestible, almost enjoyable (it's hard to enjoy anything that tells you the world is in rough shape) book that highlights our planet's incredible natural processes. A great starter text on climate-change issues-fans of Bill McKibben will enjoy this work and then pass it along to skeptical friends.

[See Prepub Alert, 1/16/12.] - Jaime Hammond, Naugatuck Valley Community Coll., Waterbury, CT

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Produced by Climate Central—a highly regarded independent, nonprofit journalism and research foundation founded in 2008—and reviewed by scientists at major educational and research institutions the world over, Global Weirdness summarizes, in clear and accessible prose, everything we know about the science of climate change; explains what is likely to happen to the climate in the future; and lays out in practical terms what we can and cannot do to avoid further shifts.

Sixty easy-to-read entries tackle such questions as: Is climate ever “normal”? Why and how do fossil-fuel burning and other human practices produce greenhouse gases? What natural forces have caused climate change in the past? What risks does climate change pose for human health? What accounts for the diminishment of mountain glaciers and small ice caps around the world since 1850? What are the economic costs and benefits of reducing carbon emissions?

Global Weirdness enlarges our understanding of how climate change affects our daily lives, and arms us with the incontrovertible facts we need to make informed decisions about the future of the planet and of humankind.

With black-and-white images interspersed throughout.

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