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Title:
The no-nonsense guide to climate change
Author:
Godrej, Dinyar, 1965-
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Publication Information:
Oxford : New Internationalist Publications ; London : Verso, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781859843352
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Book

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A Canadian Mounties boat negotiates the Arctic Northwest Passage without coming up against pack ice. Floods devastate Mozambique, and tinder-dry forests of the American Northwest go up in a blaze. Just blips in the world's weather systems or unmistakable signals that human influence is to blame? As billion-dollar catastrophes pile up, insurance giants are beginning to take warnings by the scientific community seriously. Meanwhile governments rarely match promises with action that can deal with the problems. But what is fact, what is plain disinformationand what can be done? About the No-Nonsense Guides : Major issues facing the world today, complex as they are, are further obfuscatedoften deliberatelyby political and corporate jargon and media spin. By contrast, New Internationalist Magazine has been a leading source of reliable information and clear analysis for the last twenty years. This new Verso series of No-Nonsense Guides , published in conjunction with New Internationalist, cuts through the confusion to present the facts and arguments concerning contemporary global issues as accessibly as possible. Concise, comprehensive, and affordable, the No-Nonsense Guides will be of interest to busy people, from school age on, who want to know how the world works.


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This little volume introduces global climate change. In the opening chapter, Godrej glosses over most of the interesting and fundamental science that documents that Earth is warming, that compares the changes we are observing to past climate changes, and that makes the case that humans are big players in the global climate system. Surprisingly, he then devotes a chapter to ozone, which has only a marginal and indirect role in climate change. The next three chapters describe the impacts of climate change on human health, agriculture, wildlife, and forests. This emphasis is puzzling, because scientists really have made major strides in documenting and placing in context the warming of the past century, whereas assessing the likely future impacts is a much more loosely constrained endeavor. A "no-nonsense" guide would serve readers better if it walked them through the increasingly robust science of climate change a little more thoroughly. The last two chapters give some insight into the political and international facets of climate change, and outline some possible transitions to a future free of fossil fuels. These latter chapters will surely lead at least a few readers to challenge whether "no nonsense" in the title is warranted. General readers. H. N. Pollack University of Michigan


Table of Contents

Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros
Forewordp. 4
Introductionp. 8
1 Overview of climate changep. 12
2 The role of ozonep. 37
3 Impacts: human healthp. 44
4 Impacts: farming and food productionp. 55
5 Impacts: wildlife and forestsp. 70
6 The politics of climate changep. 85
7 Lasting solutions for a global crisisp. 119
Contactsp. 137
Bibliographyp. 139
Indexp. 140