Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change (3 Volume Set)

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9781412958783: Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change (3 Volume Set)


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"The impact of global warming is rapidly evolving. This valuable resource provides an excellent historical overview and framework of this topic and serves as a general resource for geography, oceanography, biology, climatology, history, and many other subjects. A useful reference for a wide audience of business professionals and government officials as well as for the general public; essential for both academic and public libraries."
―Library Journal

"This is a useful set because of the individual country entries as well as the general-audience language . . ."
― Booklist (Starred Review)

The Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change helps readers learn about the astonishingly intricate processes that make ours the only planet known to be habitable. These three volumes include more than 750 articles that explore major topics related to global warming and climate change―ranging geographically from the North Pole to the South Pole, and thematically from social effects to scientific causes.

Key Features

  • Contains a 4-color, 16-page insert that is a comprehensive introduction to the complexities of global warming
  • Includes coverage of the science and history of climate change, the polarizing controversies over climate-change theories, the role of societies, the industrial and economic factors, and the sociological aspects of climate change
  • Emphasizes the importance of the effects, responsibilities, and ethics of climate change
  • Presents contributions from leading scholars and institutional experts in the geosciences
  • Serves as a general resource for geography, oceanography, biology, climatology, history, and many other subjects

The Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change provides a primarily nonscientific resource to understanding the complexities of climate change for academic and public libraries.

READER′S GUIDE

Atmospheric Sciences
Climate
climate and Society
Climate Change, Effects
Climate Feedbacks
Climate Models
Countries: Africa
Countries: Americas
Countries: Asia
Countries: Europe
Countries: Pacific
Glaciology
Government and International Agencies
Institutions Studying Climate Change
Oceanography
Paleo-Climates
People
Programs And Conventions

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About the Author:

S. George Philander, Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University and Research Director of ACCESS (African Centre for Climate and Earth System Science) in Cape Town, South Africa, has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cape Town and a Ph.D. (Applied Mathematics) from Harvard University.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society.  Dr. Philander’s research interests include the oceanic circulation, interactions between the ocean and atmosphere that result in phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña, paleoclimates (including the recurrent Ice Ages of the past three million years), and future global climate changes.  His two books for laypersons, Is the Temperature Rising? The Uncertain Science of Global Warming and Our Affair With El Niño: How We Transformed an Enchanting Peruvian Current Into a Global Climate Hazard, reflect his keen interest in improving communications between scientists and laymen.  The goal of the African climate center, which Dr. Philander is currently directing, is to give Africa its own voice on environmental issues such as global warming.

From Booklist:

*Starred Review* Philander, a member of the geosciences faculty at Princeton University and research director of the African Centre for Climate and Earth System Science in Cape Town, South Africa, has gathered authors from fields as diverse as anthropology, chemistry, geography, and medicine to put together an encyclopedia of about 750 articles. The entries cover countries, climate models, atmospheric sciences, institutions studying climate change, and people studying the climate. Individual country entries highlight changes by country instead of by broad climatic regions and will help users understand global-warming issues in, say, Argentina or Tuvalu. Organizational entries are predominately focused on U.S. institutions and governmental entities. Although the preface notes that “scientific objectivity have been the watchwords” for the encyclopedia, entries provide a range of perspectives. One example is found in Alternative energy, overview, which states, “A comparison of production costs shows that fossil fuels are simply cheaper to produce than alternative fuels, which often need government subsidies to make them economically feasible.” This statement ignores the enormous subsidies given to the fossil-fuel industry in the U.S. and elsewhere that have allowed production costs to remain falsely low compared to alternative fuels. As the preface states, “Different perspectives that various authors have on some of these issues are part of the conversation that citizens or students concerned about the environment ignore at their own risk.” Though illustrations within the entries are in black and white, the introduction, which is repeated in each volume, has full-color climate-change maps. Also repeated in each volume are the alphabetical list of articles, the thorough index, and the appendixes, which contain graphs and charts that cover sea-level rise, temperatures, warming projections, and other statistics. Articles have see also references to related entries and a bibliography of works used. A “Resource Guide” listing books, articles, periodicals, and Internet resources as well as a brief glossary are available in volume 3. This is a useful set because of the individual country entries as well as the general-audience language. Libraries seeking a more academic or scientific approach might prefer either the Encyclopedia of Global Change (Oxford, 2002) or Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change (Wiley, 2002), but because of the importance of the topic, Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change belongs in most academic and large public libraries. --Steve Stratton

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