The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change
With a strong scientific foundation and an accessible style, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change cuts through the confusion and controversy and provides a straightforward, comprehensive overview of climate science.
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Start a web search for “climate change” and the first three suggestions are “facts,” “news,” and “hoax.” The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change is rooted in the first, up to date on the second, and anything but the last.
Combining years of data with recent research, including conclusions from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Guide breaks down the issues into straightforward categories:
• Symptoms, including melting ice and extreme weather
• Science, laying out what we know and how we know it
• Debates, tackling the controversy and politics
• Solutions and Actions for creating the best possible future
This fully illustrated reference for nonscientists and scientists alike is an updated and expanded revision of Robert Henson’s The Rough Guide to Climate Change, previously published in the UK. It provides the most comprehensive, yet accessible, overview of where climate science stands today, acknowledging controversies but standing strong in its stance that the climate is changing—and something needs to be done.
Part 1: The Basics
Global warming in a nutshell
1 Climate Change: A Primer
2 The Greenhouse Effect
3 Who’s Responsible?
Part 2: The Symptoms
What’s happening now, and what might happen in the future
4 Extreme Heat
5 Floods and Droughts
6 The Big Melt
8 Hurricanes and Other Storms
9 Ecosystems and Agriculture
Part 3: The Science
How we know what we know about climate change
10 Keeping Track
11 The Long View
12 Circuits of Change
Part 4: Debates and Solutions
From spats and spin to saving the planet
13 A Heated Debate
14 The Predicament
15 Political Solutions
16 Technological Solutions
Part 5: What Can You Do?
Reducing your footprint and working for action
17 Getting Started
18 Home Energy
19 Transport and Travel
Bob Henson is a Colorado-based meteorologist and science writer. Along with Weather on the Air, he is the author of The Rough Guide to Climate Change and The Rough Guide to Weather. A contributing editor to Weatherwise magazine, he has also written for Nature, Discover, Scientific American, Audubon, Sierra, and many other periodicals. Bob is also a writer and editor at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which operates the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
He edits the UCAR Magazine and its blog “What’s With This Weather?”, which connectsongoing weather events with climate trends and research. He also serves as a guest blogger for the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang.
A native of Oklahoma City, Bob earned a bachelor’s degree at Rice University and a master’s at the University of Oklahoma, where he participated in severe-storm research.
When he’s not savoring or writing about the weather, Bob enjoys photography, bicycling, movies, yard-puttering, singing, and chocolate.