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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773533273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773533271
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 15.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 26 2010
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The authors of this study provide a variety of data that, by itself, should prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the earth's climate is undergoing major changes. Cohen and Waddell refer to a number of international scientific groups that produce extensive field tests and theoretical models showing rising atmospheric and water conditions worldwide. While much of this evidence and its extrapolative forms point to different possible doomsday scenarios, there are still skeptics out there who reject the best science can offer them. Where this book really hits home is in its promotion of the idea that the science of global warming is best served by looking at how various factors interact to provide new complex projections and representations. For instance, accurately understanding the development of global warming is not limited to just taking accurate readings on temperature and precipitation, but also including other factors like the changing nature of diverse ecosystems, understanding the interplay of economic forces, and appreciating the influence of social values. When these additional forces are studied and understood, through international, regional and local coopeeration, the planet looks even more vulnerable in terms of the growing price we will eventually have to pay to adapt to the inevitable changes. Though written as an academic text, its authors include well-defined technical language that helps the reader to explore and assess the real extent of this environmental challenge. Realistically, it will all come down to what strategies we choose to use to mitigate or limit the long-term damage. There is no substitute for good science if it brings people together in a common purpose to understand and respond to the intricacies of a very poorly understood problem.
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