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The changing atmosphere : a global challenge
Firor, John.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [1990]

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xii, 145 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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QC861.2 .F57 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this book, a specialist in atmospheric research describes the causes of acid rain, ozone depletion and global warming and the evidence for each one's recent acceleration. He also provides practical and long-range suggestions for controlling these and other forms of atmospheric deterioration.

Author Notes

John Firor is a senior scientist and director emeritus at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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No one today can doubt the evidence of potentially harmful changes occurring in today's environment, particularly atmospheric changes. In this book, Firor examines three atmospheric problems society must begin to face--acid rain, ozone depletion, and climate heating. He astutely discusses these issues, stressing their interrelationship. But rather than being another discourse on current environmental problems, Firor's book answers the question whether society is truly in trouble and, if so, what our options are. His commentary focuses on a human time scale and he relates how these atmospheric problems affect our lives. Realizing that society must soon decide upon a course of action, Firor acknowledges that there will be no easy solution but there are two possibilities. The first is to stay on our current path of continued expansion and adapt to the necessary future changes in our lifestyles and environment. But he shies away from that comfortable solution to promote an alternative answer that allows for more gradual changes. A good overall introduction to the problems and possible solutions of important atmospheric problems, one that takes a welcome stand on issues of utmost importance in today's more environmentally aware society. For general readers. -L. L. Elliott, Lehigh University