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A Short Introduction to Climate Change

A Short Introduction to Climate Change provides a clear, balanced and well documented account of one of the most important issues of our time. It covers developments in climate science over the past 250 years and shows that recent climate change is more than the result of natural variability. It explains the difference between weather and climate by examining changes in temperature, rainfall, Arctic ice and ocean currents. It also considers the consequences of our use of fossil fuels and discusses some of the ways to reduce further global warming. Tony Eggleton avoids the use of scientific jargon to provide a reader-friendly explanation of the science of climate change. Concise but comprehensive and richly illustrated with a wealth of full-colour figures and photographs, A Short Introduction to Climate Change is essential reading for anyone who has an interest in climate science and in the future of our planet. For more information please see http://www.tonyeggleton.id.au/
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Preface; 1. The spirit of enquiry; 2. Global warming; 3. Weather is not climate; 4. The thermostat; 5. Droughts and flooding rains; 6. Snow and ice; 7. The ocean; 8. From ice-house to greenhouse; 9. The last two thousand years; 10. Carbon dioxide and methane; 11. Denial; 12. Bet your grandchildrens' lives on it too?


'... an exceptionally lucid account of the basic science of climate change ... [it] provides clear insights for non-specialists into how scientists probe into the workings of the climate system and why we have confidence in what we know.' Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director, ANU Climate Change Institute 'A readable, non-technical and fascinating overview of the global warming problem by a leading Australian geologist. This succinct review provides an authoritative and convincing demonstration of the magnitude and seriousness of this problem.' Professor Tom Wigley, Climate and Global Dynamics Division, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research 'The book fully references the relevant scientific literature throughout ... Highly recommended.' M. K. Cleaveland, Choice '... this volume has much to offer all readers and not just those who are familiar with Australia's weather and climate.' Peter Rogers, International Journal of Meteorology 'It is rare for one person to encapsulate what is known about climate change in a single manuscript. But Eggleton has done just that ... As a practicing scientist who lives and breathes climate change, I find tremendous value in this book ... It is a must-read for anyone who is concerned about the climate ... is a book that is accessible and accurate. It is hard to imagine this could have been done better.' John Abraham, Reports of the National Center for Science Education

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