Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction

Author(s): Mark A. Maslin

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Climate change is still, arguably, the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century. Previously published as Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction, the new edition is now Climate Change: A Very Short introduction, reflecting an important change in the terminology of the last decade. In the third edition, Mark Maslin includes crucial updates from the last few years, including the results of the 2013 IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, the effects of ocean acidification, and the impact of changes to global population and health. Exploring all of the key topics in the debate, Maslin makes sense of the complexities climate change involves, from political and social issues to environmental and scientific. Looking at its predicated impacts, he explores all of the controversies, and also explains the various proposed solutions. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.
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Mark Maslin is Professor of Climatology at University College London. He is currently a Royal Society Industrial Fellow. He was the former Director of the UCL Environment Institute and Head of the Department of Geography. He is science advisor to the Global Precious Commodities PLC, Global Cool Foundation, Climatecom Strategies, Steria, Permian Ltd and Carbon Sense Ltd. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in past global and regional climatic change and has publish over 120 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and Geology. He has also have written eight popular books, over 30 popular articles, and appeared on both radio and television.

Acknowledgements ; Preface to the third edition ; Abbreviations ; List of illustrations ; List of tables ; Introduction ; 1. What is climate change? ; 2. The climate change debate ; 3. Evidence for climate change ; 4. Modeling future climate ; 5. Climate change impacts ; 6. Climate surprises ; 7. Politics of climate change ; 8. Solutions ; 9. Envisioning the future ; Further reading ; Index

General Fields

  • : 9780198719045
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : October 2014
  • : 174mm X 111mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : English
  • : 363.73874
  • : 200
  • : Approx 30-35 black and white illustrations
  • : Mark A. Maslin
  • : Paperback