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Global Warming

The Complete Briefing

Global Warming

John Houghton explores the scientific basis of global warming and the likely impacts of climate change on human society in this comprehensive guide to the subject. He then addresses the action that could be taken by governments, industry and individuals to mitigate the effects of global warming. Previous Edition Hb (1997): 0-521-62089-9 Previous Edition Pb (1997): 0-521-62932-2


"...this book definitely lives up to its title. Highly recommended." R.M. Ferguson, Eastern Connecticut State University, CHOICE

"...a widely praised book on global warming and its consequences." The Economist

"...the best single-volume guide to the science of climate change." Times Literary Supplement

"...this complete briefing on global warming is remarkably factual and inclusive. Houghton's concern about planet Earth and its people blends well with his hopes for global cooperation." Choice

"With the small cavet that a good teacher is required to wield it properly, I highly recommend this textbook." EOS, Keith Alverson

'… without doubt the best briefing the concerned citizen could hope to find.' Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

'In summary I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone concerned about global warming. It provides an excellent non-technical guide on scientific and political aspects of the subject. It is an essential briefing for students and science teachers.' Tony Waters, Weather

'It is difficult to imagine how Houghton's exposition of this complex body of information might be substantially improved upon … Seldom has such a complex topic been presented with such remarkable simplicity, directness and crystalline clarity … Houghton's complete briefing is without doubt the best briefing the concerned citizen could hope to find within the pages of a pocketable book.' John Perry, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

'An impressive … exploration of the scientific basics of global warming and the likely impacts of climate change on human society.' Long Range Planning

'I can recommend (this book) to anyone who wants to get a better perspective on the topic of global warming … a very readable and comprehensive guide to the changes that are occurring now, and could occur in the future, as a result of human action … brings the global warming debate right up to date … Read Houghton's book if you really want to understand both the scientific and political issues involved.' William Harston, The Independent

'… precise account of the science, accompanied by figures, graphs, boxes on specific points, and summaries at the end of each chapter, with questions for students … ranges beyond the science into the diplomacy, politics, economics and ethics of the problem, which together present a formidable challenge to human understanding and capacity for action.' Crispin Tickell, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'… this is a rigorous and well-presented overview of the science of global warming. … I highly recommend this textbook.' EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union

'… an interesting account of the topic for the general reader.' Environmental Assessment

'I have no hesitation in endorsing this important book.' Wilfrid Bach, International Journal of Climatology

'… the definitive scientific book on global warming by one of the few authors who is actually in a position to give a complete briefing. … it has been written in a way that can both appeal to the general reader and be used by the student … The book as a whole is very well set out and makes use of the latest scientific findings. … If you read just one book on climate change, this has to be it.' Scientific and Medical Network Review