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Ozone and climate change : a beginner's guide
Reid, Stephen J.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, [2000]

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viii, 210 pages, 6 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
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QC881.2.O9 R45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Humankind has dramatically altered the composition of the atmosphere during the past 150 years, chiefly by increasing the concentrations of naturally occurring greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and, in the last half century, by introducing new ones. Excessive amounts of greenhouse gases trap heat, which the earth would normally radiate back to space, thereby affecting the energy-storage capacity of the atmosphere and oceans.
In recent decades the ozone layer has been severely damaged by man-made chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Though their use is now prohibited, they will remain in the atmosphere for many decades and, with their effects exacerbated by global warming, will continue to destroy ozone for many years to come.
The greatest concern for our well-being during the next millennium is that a modified climate now seems inevitable. How much can we afford to let it change? This highly accessible book introduces and explains the processes causing these interrelated environmental crises, examines the measures currently being formulated to tackle them, and considers how effective such measures are likely to be.

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In a world besieged by volcanic eruptions, fluctuations in the sun's activity, and even shifts in the earth's orbit around the sun, it is not surprising that natural variations in the earth's climate have been well documented. Reid (NOAA, Boulder, Colorado) notes that 50 years of increased industrial activity have globally changed the composition of Earth's atmosphere and disrupted Earth's energy balance with a potential to alter global circulation patterns. By utilizing a simplified climate model, Reid warns that the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons required by the Montreal Protocol may result in the use of fluorinated species that have a huge global warming potential in the lower atmosphere. The paradoxical impact of global warming may then enhance destruction of stratospheric ozone. Vivid graphical data and clear logic does not lead Reid to a happy prognosis for Earth and the human race. An ever-increasing human population combined with diminishing diversity of species, malnutrition, and climatic chaos are presented as Reid's personal perspective for the 21st century. All levels. R. M. Ferguson; Eastern Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

Part 1
1 The Earth's Atmosphere
2 A Question of Balance
3 The Zonal and Meridional Circulations
4 Atmospheric Models
Part 2
1 The Ozone Layer
2 The Ozone Layer and Ultra-violet Radiation
3 Ozone Loss in the Polar Regions
4 Ozone Loss over Mid-latitudes
5 The Future of the Ozone Layer
Part 3
1 Climate Change
2 Climate and the Greenhouse Effect
3 Sun and Climate: A Message in the Ice
4 Oceans and Climate: El Nino and La Nina
5 The Earth's Climate: Possible Futures