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About this book
General account for the non-scientific reader which looks at the arguments for and against global warming.
<TABLE><TR><TD> <TD>Preface <TD>Between the Idea and the Reality <TR><TD>2 <TD>Is Our Planet Fragile or Robust? <TR><TD>3 <TD>Light and Air <TR><TD>4 <TD>Why the Peak of a Mountain Is Cold <TR><TD>5 <TD>Capricious Clouds <TR><TD>6 <TD>The Climate Tapestry <TR><TD>7 <TD>Weather, the Music of Our Sphere <TR><TD>8 <TD>The Ocean in Motion <TR><TD>9 <TD>El Nino, La Nina, and the Southern Oscillation <TR><TD>10 <TD>The Paradox of the Faint Sun but Warm Earth <TR><TD>11 <TD>Why Summer Is Warmer than Winter: The Cycles of Seasons and of Ice Ages <TR><TD>12 <TD>The Ozone Hole, a Cautionary Tale <TR><TD>13 <TD>Global Warming, Risky Business <TR><TD>App. A1.1 <TD>Exponential Growth and Decay <TR><TD>App. A1.2 <TD>Establishing a Chronology <TR><TD>App. A2.1 <TD>Gaia <TR><TD>App. A2.2 <TD>Chaos <TR><TD>App. A3.1 <TD>Earthshine <TR><TD>App. A3.2 <TD>The Scattering of Light <TR><TD>App. A3.3 <TD>Blackbody Radiation <TR><TD>App. A3.4 <TD>Effective Temperatures of the Planets <TR><TD>App. A3.5 <TD>The Greenhouse Effect <TR><TD>App. A4.1 <TD>The Scale Height of the Atmosphere <TR><TD>App. A4.2 <TD>The Adiabatic Lapse Rate <TR><TD>App. A5.1 <TD>Measuring Moisture in the Atmosphere <TR><TD>App. A5.2 <TD>Earth's Energy Budget <TR><TD>App. A5.3 <TD>How Many of Your Molecules Have Been to the Moon? <TR><TD>App. A6.1 <TD>Conservation of Angular Momentum <TR><TD>App. A6.2 <TD>The Coriolis Force <TR><TD>App. A6.3 <TD>Shape of Earth <TR><TD>App. A6.4 <TD>Gradient Winds <TR><TD>App. A7.1 <TD>Predicting the Weather <TR><TD>App. A8.1 <TD>The Seasonal Thermocline <TR><TD>App. A8.2 <TD>The Perpetual Salt Fountain <TR><TD>App. 9 <TD>El Nino, La Nina, and the Southern Oscillation <TR><TD>App. A10.1 <TD>Weathering <TR><TD>App. A10.2 <TD>Properties of the Planets <TR><TD>App. 11 <TD>Earth's Sensitivity to Perturbations <TR><TD>App. 12 <TD>The Ozone Layer <TR><TD>App. 13 <TD>Global Warming <TR><TD> <TD>Glossary <TR><TD> <TD>References <TR><TD> <TD>Index
255 pages, 8 b/w photos, 85 line illus, 5 tabs, maps
S. George Philander ... writes with skill and cool reserve. Is the Temperature Rising? ... is a careful, step-by-step look at confusing data and clarifying science. He is literate, quoting Shelley, Coleridge, and Eliot. And he is reasonably sure we are digging our own grave, though he says so with such understatement that it is easy to overlook the doom and gloom. -- William J. Broad The New York Times Book Review [The author] guides us through this learning experience with grace, wit, and clarity... Dr. Philander has tried to help us gain ... appreciation [for how significantly human activity is changing atmospheric chemistry] ... and he succeeds. -- Robert C. Cowen Christian Science Monitor The author explains complex scientific concepts in a precise language and with delightful illustrations... The book is a pleasure to read. -- Hans von Storch Nature In Is the Temperature Rising?, S. George Philander examines the question historically, meteorologically, chemically and every other way. At the end of the well-written survey, you will know every detail of the subject... New Scientist Ought to be required reading for every eco-preacher. -- John Emsley Times Literary Supplement A book that can be easily understood by policymakers and scientists, but yet does not sacrifice any detail in background and process is most welcome. Philander may be the first author to write such a comprehensive book ... Indeed, the author deserves immense credit for such a skillful presentation. -- Geerat J. Vermeij The Quarterly Review of Biology