Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781935704737 Published August 2014

The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change

Robert Henson

Robert Henson

Distributed for American Meteorological Society

516 pages | Illustrated in color throughout | 5 x 8 | © 2014
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781935704737 Published August 2014
Everybody can be a thinking person when it comes to climate change, and this book is a perfect roadmap.  Start a web search for “climate change” and the first three suggestions are “facts,” “news,” and “hoax.” The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change is rooted in the first, up to date on the second, and anything but the last. Produced by one of the most venerable atmospheric science organizations, it is a must-read for anyone looking for the full story on climate change.

Using global research and written with nonscientists in mind, the Guide breaks down the issues into straightforward categories: “Symptoms” covers signs such as melting ice and extreme weather, while “Science” lays out what we know and how we figured it out. “Debates” tackles the controversy and politics, while “Solutions” and “Actions” discuss what we can do as individuals and communities to create the best possible future. Full-color illustrations offer explanations of everything from how the greenhouse effect traps heat to which activities in everyday life emit the most carbon. Special-feature boxes zoom in on locations across the globe already experiencing the effects of a shifting climate.

The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change combines years of data with recent research, including conclusions from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This reference provides the most comprehensive, yet accessible, overview of where climate science stands today, acknowledging controversies but standing strong in its stance that the climate is changing— and something needs to be done.

The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change is a full update and revision of Robert Henson’s The Rough Guide to Climate Change and is now published through the American Meteorological Society, with distribution through University of Chicago Press. 
Contents
Foreword
Paul Higgins
 
Introduction
 
Part 1: The Basics
Global warming in a nutshell
 
1. Climate Change: A Primer
 
2. The Greenhouse Effect
 
3. Who’s Responsible?
 
Part 2: The Symptoms
What’s happening now, and what might happen in the future
 
4. Extreme Heat
 
5. Floods and Droughts
 
6. The Big Melt
 
7. Oceans
 
8. Hurricanes and Other Storms
 
9. Ecosystems and Agriculture
 
Part 3: Science
How we know what we know about climate change
 
10. Keeping Track
 
11. The Long View
 
12. Circuits of Change
 
Part 4: Debates and Solutions
From spats and spin to protecting the planet
 
13. A Heated Debate
 
14. The Predicament
 
15. Political Solutions
 
16. Technological Solutions
 
Part 5: What Can You Do?
Reducing your footprint and working for action
 
17. Getting Started
 
18. Home Energy
 
19. Transport and Travel
 
20. Shopping
 
21. Offsetting
 
Index
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
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