Climate Change and Life: The Complex Co-evolution of Climate and Life on Earth, and Beyond covers the critical tectonic and biogeochemical cycles that drive climate and shape the modern world. It compares the history of Earth to the histories of Venus and Mars, including new findings of Martian climate change. The book is multidisciplinary and will instruct readers on the range of extremes in climate and biogeochemical cycling that shape life on Earth. Topics covered include climate drivers on Earth (atmospheric gases, non-gaseous particulates in the atmosphere, etc.), various techniques to assess past climates, mass extension drivers, and future predictions. The book takes a long view on climate change and evolution while also focusing on defining moments in Earth history where critical thresholds and events occur. Climate scientists, earth scientists, environmental scientists and researchers in all other areas related to climate change will find value in the research presented in this book.
I. Earth over the past 4.5 billion years—a brief history
II. Climate drivers on Earth
III. Early Earth as a cradle for life
IV. Oxygen accumulation and the first major life-climate interactions
V. The not-so-boring billion
VI. Snowball Earth and the most extreme climate states that the Earth has experienced
VII. Emergence of land plants and the formation of the Earth’s Critical Zone
VIII. Massive extinction drivers and climate impacts
IX. From Greenhouse to Ice-House: the co-evolution of life and climate through the Cenozoic
X. Climate and Humans
Dr Gabriel Filippelli is a Professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Center for Urban Health at Indiana University. Filippelli is a biogeochemist with broad training in climate change in marine and terrestrial systems. Filippelli has published broadly, including publications in Science, Nature and Geology as well as in speciality journals and in the popular press. He has personally directed over $6M of research funding over his career and is currently a co-PI on the $55M Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the journal GeoHealth, published by the American Geophysical Union. Filippelli is a Fellow of the International Association of Geochemistry, and a former National Academy of Sciences Jefferson Fellow, where he served as a Senior Science Advisor for the State Department, with a policy portfolio including Science Cooperation in the Arctic, Antarctic climate change, and Marine Debris and Plastics.