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Laboratory earth : the planetary gamble we can't afford to lose

Author: Stephen Henry Schneider
Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, ©1997.
Series: Science masters series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Schneider traces our climatic history not only from the beginning and up to the twentieth century, but deep into the twenty-first as well. He depicts the next one hundred years as a potentially perilous period for climate and life - unless we citizens of Earth first recognize and then work to control the unintended global scale experiment we are foisting on ourselves and all other life on "Laboratory Earth." This  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schneider, Stephen Henry.
Laboratory earth.
New York : BasicBooks, ©1997
(OCoLC)606103976
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Henry Schneider
ISBN: 0465072798 9780465072798
OCLC Number: 35559161
Description: xvii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: It's a Matter of Scale --
1. The Organic and Nonliving Earth: A Dynamic Cohesion --
2. The Coevolution of Climate and Life --
3. What Causes Climate Change? --
4. Modeling Human-Induced Global Climate Change --
5. Biodiversity and the Battle of the Birds --
6. Integrated Assessments of Policy Options.
Series Title: Science masters series.
Responsibility: Stephen H. Schneider.

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Schneider traces our climatic history not only from the beginning and up to the twentieth century, but deep into the twenty-first as well. He depicts the next one hundred years as a potentially perilous period for climate and life - unless we citizens of Earth first recognize and then work to control the unintended global scale experiment we are foisting on ourselves and all other life on "Laboratory Earth." This "lab" is not built of glass, wires, and tubes, but of insects, soils, air, oceans, birds, trees, and people. While no honest scientist can claim to have clairvoyant vision into the twenty-first century, Schneider optimistically demonstrates that enough is already known to command our attention and to insure that the juggernaut of human impacts on Earth doesn't turn into a gamble we can't afford to lose..

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