The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change

The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change

A Complete Visual Guide

Book - 2010
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Offers a guide on weather around the world, describing how it forms, specific phenomena, how humans face extreme climates, and the possible long-term consequences and solutions to climate change on Earth.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780520261013
Branch Call Number: 551.6 E56
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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