WorldCat Identities

Alley, Richard B.

Works: 7 works in 38 publications in 2 languages and 3,580 library holdings
Genres: History  Observations 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QC903.2.G83, 551.69982
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Richard B Alley
The fate of Greenland : lessons from abrupt climate change by Philip W Conkling( )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Viewed from above, Greenland offers an endless vista of whiteness interrupted only by scattered ponds of azure-colored melt water. Ninety percent of Greenland is covered by ice; its ice sheet, the largest outside Antarctica, stretches almost 1,000 miles from north to south and 600 miles from east to west. But this stark view of ice and snow is changing--and changing rapidly. Greenland's ice sheet is melting; the dazzling, photogenic display of icebergs breaking off Greenland's rapidly melting glaciers has become a tourist attraction. The Fate of Greenland documents Greenland's warming with dramatic color photographs and investigates Greenland's climate history for clues about what happens when climate change is abrupt rather than gradual. Geological evidence suggests that Greenland has already been affected by two dramatic changes in climate: the Medieval Warm Period, when warm temperatures in Northern Europe enabled Norse exploration and settlements in Greenland; and the Little Ice Age that followed and apparently wiped out the settlements. Greenland's climate past and present could presage our climate future. Abrupt climate change would be cataclysmic: the melting of Greenland's ice shelf would cause sea levels to rise twenty-four feet worldwide; lower Manhattan would be underwater and Florida's coastline would recede to Orlando. The planet appears to be in a period of acute climate instability, exacerbated by carbon dioxide we pour into the atmosphere. As this book makes clear, it is in all of our interests to pay attention to Greenland.--Publisher description
The two-mile time machine : ice cores, abrupt climate change, and our future by Richard B Alley( Book )
17 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Here Alley offers the first popular account of the wildly fluctuating climate that characterized most of prehistory - long deep freezes alternating briefly with mild conditions - and explains that we humans have experienced an unusually temperate climate. But, he warns, our comfortable environment could come to an end in a matter of years."
The West Antarctic ice sheet : behavior and environment by Richard B Alley( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
El cambio climático : pasado y futuro by Richard B Alley( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Transformations in polar firn by Richard B Alley( )
2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The big chill ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Will the earth get warmer and warmer due to global warming? Scientific researches done for decades of years prove that climate changes to warmer weather and colder weather abruptly over years. What triggers this climatic change? The conveyer circulation in the Atlantic Ocean. Detailed explanation and evidence by worldwide scientists are given to prove its significance and elements affecting the Atlantic conveyer are depicted. Only by learning the past weather change can we relate climate system variability and predictability for our future
Earth : the operators' manual by Richard B Alley( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Since the discovery of fire, humans have been energy users and always will be. And this is a good thing - our mastery of energy is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and has allowed us to be the dominant species on the planet. However, this mastery comes with a price: we are changing our environment in a profoundly negative way by heating it up. Using one engaging story after another, coupled with accessible scientific facts, world authority Richard B. Alley explores the fascinating history of energy use by humans over the centuries, gives a doubt-destroying proof that already-high levels of carbon dioxide are causing damaging global warming, and surveys the alternative energy options that are available to exploit right now. These new energy sources might well be the engines for economic growth in the twenty-first century
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Audience level: 0.35 (from 0.22 for Earth : th ... to 0.92 for Transforma ...)
Alternative Names
Alley Richard 1957-....
Alley, Richard B.
アレイ, リチャード・B
English (36)
Spanish (2)