Global Warming in the 21st Century

Global Warming in the 21st Century

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Evidence of rising temperatures, melting ice, rising sea levels, and damage to flora and fauna on land and in the oceans has been accumulating for several decades. Scientific bodies around the world have traced this trend to increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, most of it attributable to the consumption of fossil fuels. Despite the evidence, political debate rages about the existence of global warming. Global Warming in the 21st Century provides a detailed review of the accumulating evidence for global warming, from the Arctic and Antarctic to the tropics, focusing special attention on processes that will accelerate warming as the century progresses. This unique work also explains scientific theories on the subject that sometimes conflict with popular assumptions. Bruce Johansen proposes detailed solutions, including a worldwide overhaul in energy sources.
This three-volume work presents a critical mass of evidence that global warming is already exerting a dramatic influence over air, land, and sea temperatures, with disastrous results for flora, fauna, and humans.

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The snows of Mount Kilimanjaro will soon cease to exist. Manhattan will be covered inch by inch by the Atlantic. There is nothing we can do. Johansen (communications and Native American studies, U. of Nebraska) compares popular assumptions such as these with the science that agrees or conflicts with them. Johansen notes that greenhouse gas emissions are not evident in the atmosphere until about 50 years after they occur, resulting in a slow-motion crisis. He describes the science behind the crisis and its evolving paradigm and evidence of global warming in weather patterns and trends, explains the phenomenon of melting ice and warming seas around the world, including the aforesaid sea-level rise, and describes mass extinction in plants and animals in global warming and the effects on human health. He offers a comprehensive solution by changing the way we view energy. The bibliography is very impressive. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006
ISBN: 9780275990930
Characteristics: 3 v. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 25 cm


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