Climate Change



These articles are alarming. They warn that Earth is getting warmer and changes in the global climate are inevitable. The evidence of a global change in climate is mounting and the consensus is that humans are responsible through our profligate emission of so-called greenhouse gases. The authors of this book are not climatologists and are therefore not qualified to assert whether or not humanity is responsible for climate change. But as scientists, we can say that the body of evidence being put forth by climatologists asserting climate change seems credible. The theory that the change is being caused by human activity is almost as compelling and merits serious consideration and concern. Before we go further, we should describe what


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Further Reading

  1. To learn more about the effects on climate from the variations in Earth’s orbit around the sun, see Milutin Milankovitch’s seminal 1930 paper on the topic, “Mathematical Climatology and the Astronomical Theory of Climate Change.” More information about Milankovitch is available in J.D. Macdougall’s book, Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004).Google Scholar
  2. A comprehensive listing of the evidence supporting the reality of contemporary climate change can be found in K.E. Trenberth, P.D. Jones, P. Ambenje, et al., “Observations: Surface and Atmospheric Climate Change,” in S. Solomon, D. Qin, M. Manning, et al., eds. Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007).Google Scholar


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MadisonUSA
  2. 2.BrooklynUSA

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