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Author: Mark Maslin
ISBN13: 978-0199548248
Title: Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction
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Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (January 15, 2009)
Pages: 176

Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction by Mark Maslin

The very opening of the book is extremely unpromising. I have never seen as a tendentious opening of a book about what really should be a scientific topic. It puts most of the scientific consideration herein in question. It takes 40 pages before we even get to the science behind global warming, which is almost a quarter of the entire book.

Contents: (view spoiler)[Maslin M (2004) (05:47) Global Warming - A Very Short Introduction. 01. What is global warming? – The Earth’s natural greenhouse – Figure 1. The Earth’s annual global mean energy balance – Past climate and the role of carbon dioxide – Figure 2. Greenhouse gases and temperature for the last four glacial cycles recorded in the Vostok ice core – The rise in atmosphe <2.

This short introduction to Global Warming delivers an easy to read quick overview of various issues related to Global Warming. The book explains what global warming is, it gives us an overview of the history of the science behind global warming, and it also presents an overview of past climate and climate cycles.

Global warming is arguably the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century.

Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction is an informative, up to date discussion about the predicted impacts of global warming. It draws on material from the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a huge collaborative study drawing together current thinking on the subject from experts in a range of disciplines, and presents the findings of the panel for a general readership for the first time. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago. If the tech writers for Panasonic and Canon could write as clearly as Mark Maslin, I could probably program all my electronics without asking my teenage son for help! In 148 pages, he provides as much fair and balanced insight into the science and the politics of "global warming" as any five other books I've looked at, and as much information as most of us might need to behave as responsible citizens.

The book also discusses the politics of global warming and what we can do now to adapt to climate change and mitigate its worst effects. My Blog! - Download NitroFlare.

Hits: 27. Book: Global warming. ISBN13: 9780192840974. Summary: Global Warming is one of the most controversial scientific issues of the twenty-first century. This is a problem that has serious economic, sociological, geopolitical, political, and personal implications. This Very Short Introduction is an informative, up-to-date, and readable book about the predicted impacts of global warming and the surprises that could be in store for us in the near future.

Global warming is arguably the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century, one that will affect every living creature on the planet. It is also an extraordinarily complex problem, which everyone needs to understand as clearly and completely as possible. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and accessible explanation of the key aspects of global warming. Mark Maslin discusses how and why changes are occurring, sets current warming trends in the context of past climate change, examines the predicted impact of global warming, as well as the political controversies of recent years and the many proposed solutions. Fully updated for 2008, this compelling account offers the best current scientific understanding of global warming, describing recent developments in US policy and the UK Climate Change Bill, where we now stand with the Kyoto Protocol, and the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Maslin also includes a chapter on local solutions, reflecting the now widely held view that, to mitigate any impending disaster, governments as well as individuals must to act together.About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
Reviews: 7
This short introduction to Global Warming delivers an easy to read quick overview of various issues related to Global Warming. The book explains what global warming is, it gives us an overview of the history of the science behind global warming, and it also presents an overview of past climate and climate cycles. The book presents some of the evidence for climate change; temperature measurements, ice cores, bore holes, corals, tree rings, satellites, climate models, precipitation patterns, sea level rise, permafrost changes, etc, and why we have good reason to believe it is partially (or mostly) caused by us humans. It discusses what so called climate skeptics say without resorting to straw-man fallacies, or negativity. The book is focused on explaining the topic and on what we know and less on arguments.

The book also discusses climate models, future possible impacts of global warming, as well as unexpected but possible catastrophic impacts like changes in ocean currents, sudden massive releases of gas hydrates, and a drying out of the Amazon forest. Possible catastrophic impacts may not be likely but they could happen and if so we would be in a lot of trouble. Towards the end of the book there is an overview of the politics around global warming, and a discussion on ways to adapt to global warming or mitigate it, etc. The author, Professor Mark Maslin, is the Head of the Department of Geography and Co-Director of the Environment Institute at UCL, therefore the book is focused on fact and science.

I recommend this book because it was easy to read, it is well organized, it is focused on the science and facts, and it is balanced and definitely not political.
The updated new edition of this book provides a full coverage of global warming including the evidence for climate change, possible future impacts and abrupt climate changes, brief history of global warming debates, Kyoto Protocol (global warming pact) and solutions.

I find these accounts both compelling and clear. It is exciting to read about the real possibility of extreme climate changes due to melting of Greenland and/or Antarctica, change of the North Atlantic driven deep ocean circulation, lethal threat of unstable gas hydrates (mixture of water and methane) beneath the oceans, and burning of the Amazon rainforest. The review of future impacts are quite comprehensive which include topics like coastline, storms and floods, heat waves and droughts, El Nino effect, health, biodiversity and agriculture. However, there are some illustrations which are not self-explanatory. On the whole, it is a good read.
This book deserves much pride for putting so much good, varied and accurate information in so few pages. This edition has been updated in 2009.
The author covers several aspects of the global warming theory and of its political, social and economic implications. The scientific part of the book is of a quite high level (I am thinking about the ocean circulation perturbations that would follow a melting of either Greenland or the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. I had to read this part a couple of times to grasp it). That's maybe a problem in that this book is not really a "short introduction" but rather an "advanced introduction" to global warming. I would recommend another book to start with, for example Mann's Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming for those who do not know much about the field.
This book is however an excellent further reading. I like a lot the short history of global warming that starts the book, the parts about the disinformation campaigns orchestrated by fossil fuel lobbies and the Republicans in the 1990's and when G.W. Bush was at the White House. This puts the "skeptics" movement into the right perspective. I have also enjoyed a lot the Chapter about "surprises" (tipping points), although as mentioned above this part is sometimes too advanced for the book to pretend to be a "short introduction".
The author provides many references and does a great job of objectivity by acknowledging the limitations of our current knowledge of the climate system. He answers specifically to some classical "skeptics" thesis, which might help clarify some extremely outdated (but still repeated today) critics.
I have skipped the last chapters about solutions to global warming because I find them too much "classical". These parts are nice browsing through if you have never read about these aspects previously.
A very nice book that is perfectly suited as a second reading to the global warming issue, full of precious information and references for further reading.
If anyone wants to understand the issue of climate change this, and its companion Climate: A Very Short Introduction, are an excellent beginning. My only cavil is in regards to the last chapter, which tries to imagine an post climate change crisis utopia. It is a vision of a world that is welcoming to the young and healthy but unfriendly to people with disabilities. If the author would rethink his vision of the ideal perfect world that really did accommodate all people, the book would easily win 5 stars.
The physics of Climate Change in terms of their origin are not well explained