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Global Warming
The Complete Briefing

3rd Edition

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  • John Houghton explores the scientific basis of global warming and the likely impacts of climate change on human society in this comprehensive guide to the subject. He then addresses the action that could be taken by governments, industry and individuals to mitigate the effects of global warming. Previous Edition Hb (1997): 0-521-62089-9 Previous Edition Pb (1997): 0-521-62932-2

    • Completely revised and updated third edition of a very highly respected book
    • Author is a leader in his field and is very highly regarded
    • Most comprehensive, but concise, textbook available on climate at an introductory level
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this book definitely lives up to its title. Highly recommended." R.M. Ferguson, Eastern Connecticut State University, CHOICE

    "...a widely praised book on global warming and its consequences." The Economist

    "...the best single-volume guide to the science of climate change." Times Literary Supplement

    "...this complete briefing on global warming is remarkably factual and inclusive. Houghton's concern about planet Earth and its people blends well with his hopes for global cooperation." Choice

    "With the small cavet that a good teacher is required to wield it properly, I highly recommend this textbook." EOS, Keith Alverson

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511207419
    • contains: 101 b/w illus. 21 tables 80 exercises
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to the first edition
    Introduction to the second edition
    Introduction to the third edition
    1. Global warming and climate change
    2. The Greenhouse effect
    3. The Greenhouse gases
    4. Climates of the past
    5. Modelling the climate
    6. Climate change for the twenty-first century and beyond
    7. The impacts of climate change
    8. Why should we be concerned?
    9. Weighing the uncertainty
    10. Strategy for action to slow and stabilize climate change
    11. Energy and transport for the future
    12. The Global Village

  • Author

    John Houghton, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Sir John Houghton CBE, FRS is a former Chairman of the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Chairman of the UK's Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Vice President of the World Meteorological Organisation, President of the Royal Meteorological Society, and Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Oxford University. He was Chief Executive of the UK Meteorological Office from 1983 to his retirement in 1991. As well as the previous editions of this book, he is author of The Physics of Atmospheres (Cambridge University Press, in three editions), and has published numerous research papers and contributed to many influential research documents. Sir John and his wife Sheila live in Wales.

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