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Ruddiman, W. F. (William F.) 1943-

Overview
Works: 93 works in 233 publications in 4 languages and 3,719 library holdings
Genres: Textbooks  History  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Commentator
Classifications: QC981, 363.73874
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by W. F Ruddiman
Plows, plagues, and petroleum : how humans took control of climate by W. F Ruddiman( Book )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impact on climate from 200 years of industrial development is an everyday fact of life, but did humankind's active involvement in climate change really begin with the industrial revolution, as commonly believed? William Ruddiman's provocative new book argues that humans have actually been changing the climate for some 8,000 years--as a result of the earlier discovery of agriculture. The "Ruddiman Hypothesis" will spark intense debate. We learn that the impact of farming on greenhouse-gas levels, thousands of years before the industrial revolution, kept our planet notably warmer than if natural climate cycles had prevailed--quite possibly forestalling a new ice age. Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum is the first book to trace the full historical sweep of human interaction with Earth's climate. Ruddiman takes us through three broad stages of human history: when nature was in control; when humans began to take control, discovering agriculture and affecting climate through carbon dioxide and methane emissions; and, finally, the more recent human impact on climate change. Along the way he raises the fascinating possibility that plagues, by depleting human populations, also affected reforestation and thus climate--as suggested by dips in greenhouse gases when major pandemics have occurred. The book concludes by looking to the future and critiquing the impact of special interest money on the global warming debate. Eminently readable and far-reaching in argument, Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum shows us that even as civilization developed, we were already changing the climate in which we lived
Earth's climate : past and future by W. F Ruddiman( Book )

36 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written from a multidisciplinary perspective by one of the fields preeminent researcher/instructors, Earths Climate: Past and Future became a classroom favorite by providing an expert summary of climate change past, present, and future. The text worked equally well as either a nonmajors introduction to Earth system science or climate change, or as an upper-undergraduate-level overview of the processes and techniques in climate science. The new edition incorporates coverage of climatological events and research discoveries in the seven years since the first edition, most importantly the now broadly accepted understanding that humans play a major role in warming the planet. It also incorporates changes designed to make the material more accessible to an introductory-level audience."
North America and adjacent oceans during the last deglaciation( Book )

7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most Quaternary sediments in North America north of 45°N post-date the last deglaciation. This volume looks at those extensive deposits from the standpoints of timing, cause, and mechanism of the wastage of North American ice during the last deglaciation and the accompanying environmental changes in the nonglaciated and deglaciated areas. It particularly examines the mechanisms by which a mass of ice equivalent to 100 m of global sea-level was returned to the ocean within about 8,000 years
Tectonic uplift and climate change( Book )

10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A significant contribution to climatological scholarship, Tectonic Uplift and Climate Change is a multidisciplinary effort to summarize the current status of new hypothesis gaining increasing acceptance in geoscience circles: long-term cooling and glaciation are mainly controlled by plateau and mountain uplift through their effect on the carbon cycle and atmospheric CO[subscript 2]. Researchers in fields as diverse as geology, geophysics, atmospheric sciences, geochemistry, sedimentation/geomorphology, paleoceanography, and paleobotany present data and models that address and evaluate this premise."--Jacket
The decade of North American geology : The geology of North America( Book )

36 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earth transformed by W. F Ruddiman( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La charrue, la peste et le climat by W. F Ruddiman( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in French and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'aratro, la peste, il petrolio : l'impatto umano sul clima by W. F Ruddiman( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in Italian and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Los tres jinetes del cambio climático : una historia milenaria del hombre y el clima by W. F Ruddiman( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decade of North American geology. The geology of North America( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decade of North American geology / The geology of North America( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The geology of North America( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Farming and fossil fuel : how humans took control of climate by W. F Ruddiman( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tectonic uplift and climate choice( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planktonic foraminifera of the subtropical North Atlantic gyre by W. F Ruddiman( )

4 editions published between 1968 and 1989 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

CLIMAP's regional ocean dynamics by W. F Ruddiman( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decade of North American geology. The geology of North America : Geology of the Appalachian-Caledonian Orogen in Canada and Greenland( Book )

2 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program / Initial reports : covering Leg ... of the cruises of the drilling vessel Joides Resolution by Ocean Drilling Program( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decade of North American geology. The geology of North America( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Late Cenozoic plateau uplift and climate change by W. F Ruddiman( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Ruddiman, W. F.

Ruddiman, W. F. 1943-

Ruddiman, William F.

Ruddiman, William F. 1943-

William Ruddiman American palaeoclimatologist and professor

William Ruddiman Amerikaans geoloog

러디먼, 윌리엄 F

Languages
English (150)

Italian (4)

Spanish (2)

French (2)

Covers
Earth's climate : past and futureTectonic uplift and climate changeFarming and fossil fuel : how humans took control of climateTectonic uplift and climate choice