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Climatic change and human society

Author: Ian Whyte
Publisher: London ; New York : Arnold, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Climatic change is increasingly being seen as the most important global environmental issue. Written specifically for students taking foundation courses in geography and environmental studies, this  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Whyte
ISBN: 034063216X 9780340632161 034058825X 9780340588253 0470235462 9780470235461 0470235454 9780470235454
OCLC Number: 33309553
Description: iv, 217 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Reconstructing past climates. Instrumental records. Historical and archaeological data. Environmental indicators --
2. Climatic change in the Quaternary era. The glacial/interglacial sequence. The Younger Dryas event. The Holocene optimum. The medieval optimum and the Little Ice Age. Twentieth-century warming. Variability within the present climate system --
3. The greenhouse effect and greenhouse gases. The greenhouse effect. Carbon dioxide. Methane. Nitrous oxide. Chlorofluorocarbons. Ozone. Feedback mechanisms and the greenhouse effect --
4. Predicting future climates. Analogues from past climates. General circulation models. Validating GCMs. Time-defendent models. Greenhouse gas emission scenarios. GCM scenarios for future climate. Climatic variability. Detecting the signal through the noise --
5. The impact of global warming: sea level rise. Measuring sea level. The impacts of sea level rise. Impacts on delta areas. Impacts in tropical and subtropical areas. The Antarctic ice sheets. Responding to sea level rise --
6. The impact of global warming on natural ecosystems and agriculture. Carbon dioxide and plant growth. Impact on ecosystems. Tropical rain forests and climatic change. Hydrological impacts. Impact on agriculture. World food supply --
7. Responding to global warming. The political framework. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Responsibility: Ian D. Whyte.
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