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There are many books on global warming written entirely from a layman's perspective, and there is a great deal of scientific literature on this subject. But few if any books attempt to bridge the science to those who lack a rigorous background in mathematics, physics and chemistry-but who may be working on careers in environmental science and policy. The new text is designed to introduce the field of global climate change from a scientific perspective-but written in a way that is accessible to students with some or little science background. It reviews the basic principles of climatic thermodynamics and atmospheric chemistry and then goes on to explain historic trends and changes due to the burning of fossil fuels and other human-based activity on earth. Highlights include: * A broad overview of the thermodynamics of climate, the biosphere, and geo chemistry * An overview of climate data in the context of geological time * A clear explanation of the physics of the greenhouse effect-from black body radiation to heat trapping effects of CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide * Methods of modeling climate predictions * The economics of fuel choices in the broadest context of climate change
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Micha Tomkiewicz is a professor of physics at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and professor of physics and chemistry at the Graduate Center of CUNY. He is also Director of both the Environmental Studies Program and the Electrochemistry Institute at Brooklyn College, and he was divisional editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. He has been a Broeklundian Professor at Brooklyn College, a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and a Wolf Fellow of the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Author of co-author of over 140 scientific articles, and written numerous book chapters, review articles, edited books, and invited columns, he has concentrated recently on developing ways for non-scientists to understand the challenges and choices created by the process of climate change.
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