Global warming A very short introduction

Mark Maslin

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Series
Very short introductions
Very short introductions ; 118
Subjects
Published
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press c2009.
Edition
2nd ed
Language
English
Item Description
Previous ed.: 2004.
Physical Description
192 p. : ill., plans ; 18 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-182) and index.
ISBN
9780199548248
0199548242
Main Author
Mark Maslin (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Global warming is arguably the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and accessible explanation of the key topics in the debate: looking at the predicted impact of climate change, exploring the political controversies of recent years, and explaining the proposed solutions.Fully updated for 2008, Mark Maslin's compelling account brings the reader right up to date with recent developments - from the latest scientific findings, to US and UK policy. He also examines local and global solutions, including how global carbon trading could save the world, and provides a new vision of what a future low-carbon society might look like.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Global warming is arguably the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century, one that will affect every living creature on the planet. It is also an extraordinarily complex problem, which everyone needs to understand as clearly and completely as possible.This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and accessible explanation of the key aspects of global warming. Mark Maslin discusses how and why changes are occurring, sets current warming trends in the context of past climate change, examines the predicted impact of global warming, as well as thepolitical controversies of recent years and the many proposed solutions. Fully updated for 2008, this compelling account offers the best current scientific understanding of global warming, describing recent developments in US policy and the UK Climate Change Bill, where we now stand with the KyotoProtocol, and the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Maslin also includes a chapter on local solutions, reflecting the now widely held view that, to mitigate any impending disaster, governments as well as individuals must to act together.About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundredsof key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.