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Global climate change
Spray, Sharon L.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2002]

Physical Description:
xviii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
From ice cores to tree rings : understanding climate change from a geological perspective / David M. Dobson -- Beyond the horizon : understanding the atmospheric physics of climate change / Richard B. Kay and Jonathan A.R. Rall -- Ecosystems in danger : an ecological perspective on climate change / Susan Herrod-Julius and John McCarty -- Cultural paradigms and challenges : an anthropological perspective on climate change / Celeste Ray -- Money, markets, and priorities : an economic perspective on climate change / Eban Goodstein -- Negotiating our climate : understanding the politics of climatic change / Marvin S. Soroos -- The long road ahead : concluding thoughts on climate change / Sharon L. Spray and Karen L. McGlothlin.
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QC981.8.C5 G645 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This collection of essays is designed to introduce students to the topic of global climate change from multidisciplinary perspectives. It begins with the premise that global warming is occurring and climate change poses a threat to our natural environment and the health of future generations. The contributors approach the topic with the belief that the more knowledgeable students are about the topic, the better equipped they will be for meeting the challenge of changing global climate.

Author Notes

Sharon Spray is professor of political science at Elon College, and Karen McGlothlin is professor of biology at the University of the South.

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This book is intended as a brief, multidisciplinary introduction to the subject of global climate change. It is part of a series that seeks to summarize the scientific, biological, societal, economic, and political aspects of the current debate surrounding an environmental change issue, and for this reason the book treats each component in a relatively superficial manner. Nevertheless, it is a useful introduction that assumes no scientific background and uses relatively colloquial (accessible) language. The treatment of topics, though simple, is generally accurate, and the continuity between chapters is excellent. The figures are clear and appropriate. Indeed, some chapters could certainly benefit from the addition of further graphical materials. The references are also appropriate, but due to the rapid pace of research in the field of global climate change, they are already somewhat dated (few are drawn from publications since 1999). The only major disappointments in an otherwise readable and informative work are the general absence of tools that may be used to quantify the various aspects of climate change and the lack of discussion regarding uncertainty analyses. These omissions lessen the educational impact of what otherwise might be a widely used book. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. S. C. Pryor Indiana University