Ice Time: Climate, Science, and Life on Earth

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9780060160630: Ice Time: Climate, Science, and Life on Earth
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YA-- An interesting description of humanity's newest science. In section I, Levenson explains how climate science could not develop until the computer made possible its calculations of hypothetical models. In section II, he describes the working styles of several climate scientists as well as their pet projects. In section III, he discusses various ways that world climate may change as a result of modern society's use of the environment and of ways in which we might mitigate the negative changes. While the book will be appreciated by Earth Science students and environmentalists, it is one that all students should read because of the state of our world environment. Levenson uses abrupt changes in style from abstract discussion to examples from everyone's daily experiences to good advantage. Not everyone will read the entire book, but it is well written and readable for lay people.
- Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, TX
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Climate science goes far beyond weather forecasting; developed as an effort to understand how planet-shaping forces interact, it produces a coherent picture of global processes that run from the begining of time to the present. Levenson, associate producer of the TV series Nova , introduces the new work of physicists, oceanographers, geologists, meteorologists and atmospheric scientists--plus their sophisticated use of computers and satellites--that has converged to revolutionize our knowledge of climate. Reviewing major climatic events of the past (hurricanes, droughts, El Nino), he examines the interaction between climate and society and discusses possible changes in the future due to acid rain, the greenhouse effect and nuclear winter. It's an intriguing subject, sure to attract weather-watchers, conservationists and computer buffs.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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