Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction is an informative, up to date discussion about the predicted impacts of global warming. It draws on material from the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a huge collaborative study drawing together current thinking on the subject from experts in a range of disciplines, and presents the findings of the panel for a general readership for the first time. The book also discusses the politics of global warming and what we can do now to adapt to climate change and mitigate its worst effects.
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If the tech writers for Panasonic and Canon could write as clearly as Mark Maslin, I could probably program all my electronics without asking my teenage son for help! In 148 pages, he provides as much fair and balanced insight into the science and the politics of "global warming" as any five other books I've looked at, and as much information as most of us might need to behave as responsible citizens. Although the book is already "out of date" in view of the recent release of the 2007 IPCC report, none of its main points, either of science or of societal concern, have been supplanted.
Maslin is clearly convinced that anthropogenic climate change is occurring, and that it would be proper to take precautionary steps to deal with its possible effects. But he gives the skeptics their due, dispassionately summarizing their objections and responding respectfully when a response is available. He is NOT an alarmist, though he plainly thinks that some alarm is a reasonable reaction to the best-case scenarios as well as the worst.
I don't usually squeal that such-and-such book is a MUST-READ for everyone's sewing circle, Sunday School class, and dog-walker. If I had the means, however, I'd send every household in the USA a copy of this book along with the seasonal catalogues. My thanks to Jay, the only previous reviewer, for bringing this useful little book to my attention.
This book is not too technical so it is very easy to understand even for members of Congress who should be FORCED to read it...Especially the Republicans! Unlike the reviewer who is upset the Author calls CO2 a
Excellent well written, well researched, and reasonably balanced explanation of the issues.
The author references a wide range of sources, from the IPCC to Bjorn Lomborg, research timelines are traced and the ever evolving understanding of climate and warming.
However it is strongly biased in favor of the worst case disaster scenarios, little time is spent considering natural balancing mechanisms, or addressing potential flaws. Previous flaws are highlighted, and their reasons explained, demonstrating the objective nature of the science and its acceptance of error. However this does not effect the hubris of how the current theories are presented.
Overall the best overview and explanation of global warming I have read, only major disagreement is the authors description of C02 as "pollution".
Full marks would have been given if the author had maintained his initial objective position throughout the book.
An excellent presentation of the subject. Lacking hyperbole and hysteria which makes it serious yet approachable.
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