Coming climate crisis? Consider the past, beware the big fix

Claire L. Parkinson

Book - 2010

Decisively cutting through the hyperbole on both sides of the debate, the author, a distinguished NASA climatologist brings much needed balance and perspective to the highly contentious issue of climate change. Offering a knowledgeable overview of global conditions past and present, she lays out a compelling argument that our understandings and models are inadequate for confident predictions of the intended and unintended consequences of various projects now under consideration to modify future... climate. .

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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield : Distributed by National Book Network c2010.
Physical Description
xix, 411 p. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Claire L. Parkinson (-)
  • The Earth System and its Ever-Changing Nature : Introduction
  • 4.6 billion years of global change
  • Abrupt climate change
  • The Human Factor : A short history of human impacts
  • The future: why some people are so concerned while others aren't
  • Good Intentions and Geoengineering : Good intentions gone awry
  • Geoengineering schemes
  • The record on smaller-scale attempted modifications
  • Further Cautionary Considerations : The possible fallibility of even a strong consensus
  • The unknown future: model limitations
  • Compounding social pressures
  • Avoiding Paralysis Despite Uncertainty : What are the alternatives?
  • Closing plea.