The atlas of climate change Mapping the world's greatest challenge

Kirstin Dow, 1963-

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Published
Berkeley : University of California Press c2006.
Language
English
Physical Description
112 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 102-109) and index.
ISBN
0520250230
9780520250239
Main Author
Kirstin Dow, 1963- (-)
Other Authors
Thomas E. Downing (-)
Review by Choice Reviews

Climatic data analysis points to the Earth rapidly becoming warmer. Experts agree that human intervention in the Earth's ecosystems is the primary culprit for ongoing climate shifts. Dow (Univ. of South Carolina) and Downing (Stockholm Environment Institute) analyze these trends from a geographic perspective. The atlas maps the signs of change and categorizes several alarming climate scenarios. This resource further details the expected consequences of global climate shift, including disrupted biological ecosystems, endangered water supplies, threats to food sources, and vulnerable coastal cities. The authors also profile how governments have responded to such threats on a local, national, and international level. The book includes a table detailing climate change data, e.g., water resources, coastal population, and pollution emissions by country; and a glossary of key terms. Overall, this atlas offers users a valuable visual perspective with its many graphs, charts, and illustrations. Because it offers no new research or data on climate change, it will have limited value for researchers or professionals in the field. Given its inexpensive price, colorful layout, and novel format, it deserves consideration for public and undergraduate collections. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers. Copyright 2007 American Library Association.

Review by Choice Reviews

Dow (Univ. of South Carolina) and Downing (Stockholm Environment Institute) have updated their noted source (1st ed., CH, Mar'07, 44-3623), focusing on troubling current and future climate change scenarios. This third edition maps a wide variety of climate-focused topics, including carbon emissions; economic and social development; food, water, health, and ocean impacts; natural disasters; renewable energy; and the human impact on climate change. The authors discuss ideas to lessen global warming's impact, including policy changes and actions by individuals. The layout mirrors older editions, with the same categories and similar maps. Most figures and statistics have been updated to reflect the most recent data. This volume is richly illustrated with many charts, graphs, and color photos. It also features a glossary and an extensive bibliography. Especially useful is the detailed table listing each country's carbon dioxide, methane, and carbon emissions along with the percentage of a country's population living near a vulnerable coastline. The information presented is easy to comprehend, with the numerous graphics enhancing understanding of the topics. This is a timely addition to a growing field of study. Considering its affordable cost and meaningful updates, this work deserves a place in undergraduate reference collections and public libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates. C. A. Sproles University of Louisville Copyright 2012 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

With more than 50 full-color maps and graphics, this is an essential resource for policy makers, environmentalists, students, and everyone concerned with this pressing subject.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Today’s headlines and recent events reflect the gravity of climate change. Heat waves, droughts, and floods are bringing death to vulnerable populations, destroying livelihoods, and driving people from their homes.Rigorous in its science and insightful in its message, this atlas examines the causes of climate change and considers its possible impact on subsistence, water resources, ecosystems, biodiversity, health, coastal megacities, and cultural treasures. It reviews historical contributions to greenhouse gas levels, progress in meeting international commitments, and local efforts to meet the challenge of climate change.The atlas covers a wide range of topics, including* warning signs* future scenarios* vulnerable populations* health* renewable energy* emissions reduction* personal and public actionWith more than 50 full-color maps and graphics, this is an essential resource for policy makers, environmentalists, students, and everyone concerned with this pressing subject.Copub: Myriad Editions Limited

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"No challenge is more urgent than the need to achieve climate security. We will not succeed unless we base our decisions on a clear understanding of the complex interplay between the choices we are making and their consequences for natural and human systems. This pioneering atlas sets out much of the available knowledge in an attractive and accessible way. It will become an essential point of reference for anyone looking for a quick and accurate overview of this multidisciplinary subject."--John Ashton, Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO)