Coming climate crisis?: consider the past, beware the big fix

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Decisively cutting through the hyperbole on both sides of the debate, distinguished NASA climatologist Claire L. Parkinson brings much-needed balance and perspective to the highly contentious issue of climate change. Offering a deeply knowledgeable overview of global change past and present, the author lays out a compelling argument that our understandings and models are inadequate for confident predictions of the intended and unintended consequences of projects now under consideration to modify future climate. She places current climate change in the perspective of the past 4.6 billion years and delves into the bases of our understandings and their limitations. While clarifying some of the most contentious points in the climate debate, the book treats the reader to a fascinating discussion interweaving Earth history, science, the history of science, and human nature.
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table_of_contents The Earth System and its Ever-Changing Nature -- 4.6 billion years of global change -- Abrupt climate change -- The Human Factor -- A short history of human impacts -- The future: why some people are so concerned while others aren't -- Good Intentions and Geoengineering -- Good intentions gone awry -- Geoengineering schemes -- The record on smaller-scale attempted modifications -- Further Cautionary Considerations -- The possible fallibility of even a strong consensus -- The unknown future: model limitations -- Compounding social pressures -- Avoiding Paralysis Despite Uncertainty -- What are the alternatives? -- Closing plea.
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title Coming climate crisis? : consider the past, beware the big fix
title_alt Beware the big fix.
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