Sowing the Wind: Reflections on the Earth's Atmosphere

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Sowing The Wind: Reflections On The Earth's Atmosphere, by Young, Louise B.

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To readers confused by conflicting reports on pollution and global warming, this guide to atmospheric science offers clarification. After introducing us to the troposphere and its early exploration by balloonists, Young ( The Blue Planet ) discusses weather systems and climatic change. We learn about the emergence of life on Earth, the natural processes that maintain chemical balance and the role of the sun in life systems. Next Young addresses the threats to our planet: acid rain, depletion of the ozone layer and global warming (the greenhouse effect), to which she takes a cautious approach. She believes there is still uncertainty about the timing and degree of change. Advocating measures that would reduce greenhouse gases and solve or ameliorate the other problems, Young recommends banning all CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), massive tree-planting, recycling, more efficient use of energy and the development of alternative and renewable energy sources. A valuable addition to the environmentalist bookshelf.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Science writer Young's book consists of two parts, the first describing the atmosphere, its evolution and workings; the second describing three major problems related to people's interaction with the atmosphere--the greenhouse effect, depletion of the ozone layer, and acid rain. Like Earth's Aura (LJ 11/1/77), Young's previous book on the atmosphere, this is a lucid, well-reasoned, and even engaging account aimed at the lay reader. It is a good work for public libraries desiring a book on atmospheric problems; however, since there are a number of other recent books dealing with these topics already on the shelves, demand for this book may be limited.
- Joseph Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
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