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Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past

By: Chris Turney

234 pages, Figs


Hardback | May 2008 | #174404 | ISBN-13: 9780230553828
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Imagine a world of wildly escalating temperatures, apocalyptic flooding, devastating storms and catastrophic sea level rise. This might sound like a prediction for the future or the storyline of a new Hollywood blockbuster but it's something quite different: it's our past.

In a day and age when where we're bombarded with worrying forecasts for future climate, it seems hard to believe that such things could come to pass. Yet almost everywhere we turn, the landscape is screaming out that the world is a capricious place. The problem is if we don't tune in, the message is lost. We need to decipher the past and learn from it. In "Ice, Mud and Blood", professor Chris Turney explores the changing climate and the risks facing us today as we continue to drive our planet to new extremes.

&i;'Chris Turney's 'Ice, Mud and Blood' is lively, well-researched, and up-to-date. A summary of key discoveries by scientists about past climate change, it ranges widely across time and all over the planet. Turney begins many of these stories with delightful anecdotes about people who centuries ago stumbled on confusing observations that in time came to be understood as the result of climate change.'&o;
- Professor William F. Ruddiman, - Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, USA.

&i;'Chris Turney has unveiled a climate crystal ball. It's made of ice, covered in mud, and tells the past and likely future of life on Earth. Join him as he delves expertly into the layered depths of climatic history and exposes the stark warnings to all fossil-fuelled humanity that they hold.'&o;
- Dr Dave Reay, - School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK and author of Climate Change Begins at Home.


Introduction; Greenhouse; Snowball; A Bit Of A Chill; A Previous Warmth; Atlantic Armadas; A Belch And A Blast; Meltdown; Rise And Fall; Drought, Vines And Frost Fairs; The Rising Tide.

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CHRIS TURNEY is a British Geologist based at the University of Exeter, UK. He did the radiocarbon dating on the 'Hobbit' fossil of Flores, Indonesia, that hit the headlines worldwide. He has published numerous scientific papers and magazine articles and done many media interviews thanks to his infectious enthusiasm for working out what happened when. In 2007, Chris was awarded The Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for Outstanding Young Quaternary Scientist for his pioneering research on past climate change and dating the past.

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