For any science or social science course in need of a basic understanding of IPCC reports.
Periodic reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) evaluate the risk of climate change brought on by humans. But the sheer volume of scientific data remains inscrutable to the general public, particularly to those who may still question the validity of climate change. In just over 200 pages, this practical text presents and expands upon the essential findings in a visually stunning and undeniably powerful way to the lay reader. Scientific findings that provide validity to the implications of climate change are presented in clear-cut graphic elements, striking images, and understandable analogies.
The Second Edition covers the latest climate change data and scientific consensus from the Fifth Assessment Report and integrates links to media and active learning to capture learning opportunities for students.
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A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Research Penn State:
"A key element is accurate information debunking the most commonly held myths about climate change, including the ideas that carbon dioxide is causing the holes in the ozone, that the increase in carbon dioxide is the result of natural cycles, and that our atmosphere is not warming at all. The authors consider each myth or misunderstanding and explain any kernel of truth within it before providing its refutation."
Dan Vergano, USA Today:
"[Michael] Mann and his colleague Lee Kump have written a terrific illustrated guide to global warming...with graphics that make even the most complex climate questions easily understandable. Our graphics department will be plundering the book for the next few years."
Bud Ward, Yale Climate Forum:
"Practically every page spread...is studded with stunning and informative graphics and illustrations. Hear that? Repeat: Stunning AND informative."
Gerry Karey, Platt's The Barrel:
" 'Dire Predictions - Understanding Global Warming,' ... is likely to infuriate climate skeptics because it is so user friendly that it could become a popular default source for information on global warming."
Janet Raloff, ScienceNews:
"[T]he authors have tackled a tough job and given lay readers a nice primer to begin wading into the complexities of Earth's climate.
Margot Roosevelt, Greenspace, Los Angeles Times:
"[A] handy guide for every harried individual daunted by the complexities of greenhouse effects, carbon-cycle feedbacks, ocean conveyor belts and climate modeling."
Jay Gulledge, Nature Reports:
"The main tool of communication and by far the best feature of the book is its high-quality data graphics showing the key observations and projections from which the IPCC developed its conclusions." See also Olive Heffernan's synopsis on Nature's Climate Feedback blog.
Nola Theiss, Sanibel-Captiva Islander:
"[I]t almost reads like a travel guide that helps the reader traverse the difficult terrain of climate change facts and figures through the use of photos, charts, and maps. It doesn’t downplay the science behind the articles, but it really is all about presentation and the implications of that science."
- NEW! Incorporation of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report data.
- Authoritative material is provided by esteemed climate scientists Michael E. Mann and Lee R. Kump. Mann’s work, along with that of other IPCC report contributors, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2007.
- The scientific basis for climate change, impacts, adaptation and vulnerability of natural and socioeconomic systems, and mitigation of climate change are covered.
- The authors avoid complicated chemical and mathematical data, focusing instead on building important concepts through analogy, example, and graphic representation.
- Complicated material from the IPCC reports is simplified for the lay reader. Readers will be familiar with the key concepts employed, including scientific uncertainty, how to build a climate model and use it to predict future climates, and geoforensics: piecing together the clues about past climates.
- PowerPoint slides of key graphics from the book may be downloaded by adopters from the Instructor's Resource Center Website.
New to This Edition
- Updated coverage includes the latest data and findings of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report.
- New modules cover Ocean Heat Content, Deoxygenation, Migrating Climate Zones, Tipping Points, and Student Sustainability Initiatives.
- Updated graphics and cartography include presentation in both metric and standard units.
- eText formats are now available, including CourseSmart and Pearson eText.
- Mobile-enabled QR codes link readers to online media and data sources.
Table of Contents
- Part 1 Climate Change Basics
- Part 2 Climate Change Projections
- Part 3 The Impacts of Climate Change
- Part 4 Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
- Part 5 Solving Climate Change
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About the Author(s)
Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).
Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth's climate system.
Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA's outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He is a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.
Lee R. Kump is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences, and an associate of the Earth System Science Center and Astrobiology Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University. A native of Minnesota, he received his bachelor's degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago in 1981, and his Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of South Florida in 1986. While in Florida he spent two summers as a geologist with the United States Geological Survey's Fisher Island Station. In August of 1986 he joined the faculty at Penn State.
Dr. Kump is a Fellow of the Geological Societies of America and London, and a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, and the Geochemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. His research has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Gas Research Institute, the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, and Texaco. Dr. Kump became Associate Director of the CIAR Earth System Evolution Program in 2004. Dr. Kump's primary research effort is in the development of numerical models of global biogeochemical cycles. His early work focussed on the carbon and sulfur cycles, and on the feedbacks that regulate atmospheric oxygen levels. More recently his emphasis has shifted to the study of the dynamic coupling between global climate and biogeochemical cycles. He studies the long-term evolution of the oceans and atmosphere, using a combination of field work, laboratory analysis, and numerical modeling.
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