The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change

The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change

A Complete Visual Guide

Book - 2010
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Encyclopedia of Weather features:

* Spectacular color photographs, detailed diagrams, beautiful graphics, and maps

* Easy-to-understand text that is packed with enough detail for scientists yet accessible in classrooms from the junior high school level (and up)

* The most up-to-date information based on the most recent scientific findings

* Succinct explanations of climate change, the enhanced greenhouse effect, global warming, and ozone depletion

* "Fact files" that put information at readers' fingertips

This beautiful, comprehensive, and up-to-date volume covers in amazing depth all aspects of the world's weather. Liberally illustrated with more than 2,000 color photographs, supplemental maps, diagrams, and other images, The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change takes the reader beyond simple definitions to explore where weather comes from and the roles played by oceans and water cycles, and explains such related phenomena as the shaping of landforms, the creation of biological provinces, and the lasting ramifications of climate change. It also discusses how humans have survived and adapted in extreme climates like deserts, jungles, and icy regions. Each of the book's six sections is written and vetted by a different expert. "Engine" discusses what weather is, the solar powerhouse that supplies it, and Earth's atmospheric systems and seasons. "Action" delves into the dynamics of various weather forms. "Extremes" covers blizzards, heat waves, wildfires, and more. "Watching" tracks how weather is measured, mapped, monitored, and forecast. "Climate" delineates the continental climate zones and describes the plant, animal, and human adaptations for each. "Change" considers the history of climate change--ice ages, dinosaur extinction, melting glaciers, human impact, and more--and what we can expect in the future.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780520261013
Branch Call Number: 551.6 ENC
Characteristics: 512 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fry, Juliane L. (Juliane Loraine)
Alternative Title: Weather and climate change


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Jun 16, 2015

Next time you're asked, "How much global warming is due to humans?", you can honestly say, "about 220%". That's right - 220%!

How so? Because on a 100 year time scale, the only major warmers are greenhouse gases, the main driving gas being CO2 (H2O is also major, but, being entirely passive, is not a driver).

Meanwhile, each year Earth manages to absorb 55% of the man-made CO2. So, the 45% that remains airborne is what's been raising atmospheric CO2 (by 2.1 parts per million by volume each year, or 43% since 1850). So, the man-made contribution to the main global warming driver is 220% or more than twice as much as what stays in our air.

What this really means is that humans are entirely responsible for ALL the global warming in the modern era. and then some.

Remember this when some skeptic questions man's contribution to global warming.

buchliebhaber Apr 22, 2012

I found this book most intriguing. I learned about many new phenomena despite already having completed years of reading on the subject. You will find many interesting anomalies to further your meteorological curiosity!

The downfall of this particular book would be the lack of detailed information. It only covers a few basic facts per phenomenon. I had to research the new things I found in several other separate sources.

However, this book is commendable because you can find so many new, foreign, exciting things that will whet your appetite to open doors to new areas for readers to research.

Feb 21, 2011

The first part is excellent, describing different types of clouds and the weather associated with them. Later in the book it tells how humans are at the source of all adverse weather and the problems it causes. But it did not explain how human interaction was the cause of various ice ages and other weather anomalies in the milleniums before humans were on earth. So ... can I trust the information about clouds???

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