Coming climate crisis?: consider the past, beware the big fix
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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2010]., Lanham, Md. :
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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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xix, 411 pages ; 24.
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English
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9780742556157 (cloth : alk. paper), 0742556158 (cloth : alk. paper)

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-393) and index.
Description
Decisively cutting through the hyperbole on both sides of the debate, the author, a distinguished NASA climatologist brings much needed balance and perspective to the highly contentious issue of climate change. Offering a knowledgeable overview of global conditions past and present, she lays out a compelling argument that our understandings and models are inadequate for confident predictions of the intended and unintended consequences of various projects now under consideration to modify future climate. In this work, she presents a coherent synopsis of the 4.6 billion year history of climate change on planet Earth, both before and after humans became a significant factor, and explores current concerns regarding continued global warming and its possible consequences. She ranges over the massive geoengineering schemes being proposed and why we need to be cautious about them, the limitations of current global climate models and projections, the key arguments made by those skeptical of the mainstream views, and the realistic ways we can lessen destructive human impacts on our planet. While discussing all of these polarizing topics, the author consistently shows respect for the views of alarmists, skeptics, and the vast majority of people whose positions lie somewhere between those two extremes. The book clarifies some of the most contentious points in the climate debate, and in the process treats us to a discussion interweaving Earth history, science, the history of science, and human nature.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Parkinson, C. L. (2010). Coming climate crisis?: consider the past, beware the big fix. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Parkinson, Claire L. 2010. Coming Climate Crisis?: Consider the Past, Beware the Big Fix. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Parkinson, Claire L, Coming Climate Crisis?: Consider the Past, Beware the Big Fix. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

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Parkinson, Claire L. Coming Climate Crisis?: Consider the Past, Beware the Big Fix. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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