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In recent years climate change has become recognized as the foremost environmental problem of the twenty-first century. Not only will climate change potentially affect the multi-billion dollar energy strategies of countries worldwide, but it also could seriously affect many species, including our own. A fascinating introduction to the subject, this textbook provides a broad review of past, present and likely future climate change from the viewpoints of biology, ecology and human ecology. It will be of interest to a wide range of people, from students in the life sciences who need a brief overview of the basics of climate science, to atmospheric science, geography, and environmental science students who need to understand the biological and human ecological implications of climate change. It will also be a valuable reference for those involved in environmental monitoring, conservation, policy-making and policy lobbying.Read more
- The first book to cover not only the human impacts on climate, but how climate change will affect humans and the species that we rely on
- Written in an accessible style, with specialist terms used only when necessary and thoroughly explained
- The author has years of experience conveying the views of biological science learned societies to policy-makers
Reviews & endorsements
"Provides a broad review of past, present, and likely future climate change from the viewpoints of biology, ecology, and human ecology. Thorough references allow readers to embark on their own specialist studies."
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"… a fine treatment of global climate change and its interactions with biological systems that can be used to inform a variety of readers. It has value as an educational introduction to climate change for nonscientists a well as a refresher for scientists. Almost everyone is likely to gain fresh perspective or learn something new."
Diane E. Wickland, EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
"… [this is] a book every climate scientist should read. The descriptions of the biological interactions with climate are enlightening. The scientist reader will come away with a better idea of how his/her work applies to policy, and will gain a better perspective on the big picture."
Paul A. Dirmeyer, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
"Cowie's book...demands to be read. … you'll be pleasantly surprised at both the range of contents and the style which is reader-friendly, quantitative, authoritative but above all, stimulating; the pages dare you not to turn them over and read further … I think Cowie is to be congratulated for presenting a highly complex, yet fundamentally vital distil of a problem of a problem of literally global proportions that will play out its final scene long into the future."
Stephen Hoskins, Biologist
"The book will make an excellent teaching aid, allowing students from the biological and atmospheric sciences to see the fundamental interaction between climate change and life, and an excellent reference for anybody interested in these interactions."
Royal Meteorological Society
"Cowie questions our understanding of natural systems and stresses the influence of a single species in overriding other influences in bringing about climate change."
"… a valuable, balanced and informative text, pulling together complex materials from a wide range of disciplines … I recommend it to anyone looking for a reader friendly introduction to climate change and its potential impacts."
Nigel Richardson, Geography
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- Date Published: July 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521696197
- length: 504 pages
- dimensions: 246 x 175 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.998kg
- contains: 69 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. An introduction to climate change
2. Principal indicators of past climates
3. Past climate change
4. The Oligocene to the Quaternary: climate and biology
5. Present climate and biological change
6. Current warming and likely future impacts
7. Human ecology of climate change
8. Sustainability and policy
Appendix 1. Glossary and acronyms
Appendix 2. Bio-geological timescale
Appendix 3. Calculations of energy demand/supply, and orders of magnitude
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