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Global Climate Change and Natural Resources 2011

By: J Emil Morhardt

Roberts Environmental Center

Paperback | May 2011 | #192793 | ISBN-13: 9780984382347
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This book is compilation of student summaries of recent scientific papers on climate change and natural resources, with additional introductory and conclusionary material by the author.

The first section looks at the state of energy production, along with a chapter on alternate vehicle fuels and how we as a society might deal with the excessive CO2 in the atmosphere. The second section is about melting ice sheets and glaciers, how water supplies are responding, and how agriculture is doing in the face of the changes. The third is about the ecological effects of climate change.

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The authors of this book are students at all five of the Claremont Colleges. The book is a work product of Biology 159: Natural Resources Management taught by Emil Morhardt in the Joint Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges. Each student picked a topic, did a full literature search, and selected ten papers written within the past year that exemplified the state of the science. Their task was to write journalistic summaries capturing the essence of the papers but eschewing technical terms to the extent possible--to become, in effect, science writers. The summaries were due weekly and were returned with editorial comments shortly thereafter. The chapters are compilations of the individual summaries with additional introductory and conclusionary material. The editor is Roberts, a Professor of Environmental Biology at Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps colleges, and Director of The Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College. He remembers how difficult it is to learn to write and appreciates the professionalism shown by these students.

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