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Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #118)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  177 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction is an informative, up to date discussion about the predicted impacts of global warming. It draws on material from the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a huge collaborative study drawing together current thinking on the subject from experts in a range of disciplines, and presents the findings of the pa ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 180 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 28th 2004)
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Riku Sayuj
Nov 24, 2013 Riku Sayuj rated it liked it

Global Warming, hearteningly, might be one of the few topics where we could confidently assert that an Introduction is really not required. Everyone seems to know (more than) enough and already has an opinion on the topic. An intro on GW should sound laughable, in fact. At best what one would need is a ‘Very Cogent Argument on Global Warming’ or a ‘Very Easy Solution for Global Warming’ or maybe even a ‘Very Intelligent Refutal of Global Warming’.

But, it turns out to be quite useful to know how
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Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #118), Mark Maslin

Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction is an informative, up to date discussion about the predicted impacts of global warming. It draws on material from the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a huge collaborative study drawing together current thinking on the subject from experts in a range of disciplines, and presents the findings of the panel for a general readership for the fi
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Daniel
Jan 10, 2008 Daniel rated it did not like it
As confused as can be about the state of knowledge regarding global climate change and the influence of human behavior on it, I decided to start reading. I had read one of these short-intro books in this Oxford series on Literary Theory once, and it was quite good. This book, by contrast, is terrible. Two major complaints: (1) It is unnecessarily unscientific and opinionated in tone. For example, in presenting a reason past researchers thought extra C02 output might be a non-issue because the se ...more
Nick
Jan 12, 2017 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, 2010s
It is obvious what political agenda this author has. That's fine. I didn't find this to be very "alarmist" in tone, though some other reviewers disagree with me. Its obvious that the author thinks that global warming is a problem, but he does poke holes in more vulgar and hyperbolic iterations of the global warming theory. Here we get a picture of global warming which more closely matches my intuition of how a scientist would approach the issue than what I normally see. For instance, the author ...more
David Roberts
Jun 10, 2013 David Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read to research this post was Global Warming A Very Short Introduction by Mark Maslin which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle. This book is around 150 pages but is a good introduction to the subject. 800 million people go to bed hungry every night and as well as the challenge of Global Warming this is interlocked with Global Poverty. The Chinese are bringing a new power station online every 4 days and almost all developing countries are rapidly becoming industrialized. ...more
Amy
Dec 05, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: project_2012
Very short and very, very dry. I read this in an attempt to put the hype behind me and try to get better acquainted with what the science actually says. Please don't ask me to explain global warming beyond the average water and soil temperatures are warming up and this could mean very bad things when the polar icecaps melt (especially if you live at sea level). So, possibly too short to really give you a good (and engaging) grounding in the science.

However, there is some good information here. M
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Bruce Baugh
Nov 07, 2014 Bruce Baugh rated it it was ok
This is the first Very Short Introduction book I abandoned unfinished, for a very simple reason: really, really excessive reliance on acronyms. I understand that to someone who works with these things day in, day out, it's perfectly straightforward to always keep clear ELSOs (El Niño Southern Oscillations) from MJOs (Madden-Julian Oscillations) and Interdecadal Pacific Oscillations (IPOs) and all the rest, and likewise with dozens of other acronyms for related topics. But y'know, it isn't for me ...more
Gabriel
Dec 21, 2010 Gabriel rated it it was ok
Shelves: environment
Too much detail in all the wrong places, too little detail that actually helps introduce a novice reader to the complicated scientific theories underlying current thinking on global climate change. Dismissive of critics without bothering to satisfactorily explain what it is the critics have got wrong. The chapter on the politics of climate change acknowledges the relatively slight impact of past international agreements, but the author then seems to naively assert that "the next agreement" will ...more
Maya
May 14, 2010 Maya rated it really liked it
Good, but the scientific data is just a tad confusing. If you stick with it though you get a good rounded idea of what global warming is.
Joshout
Just as convincing as Malthus and Marx
Steve Mitchell
Aug 01, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it
If you have not accepted that global warming is our fault for burning fossil fuels then you just have not read the right books and I suggest you start with this one.
Jessica
Mar 03, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
I'm biased -- I tend to like all of the Very Short Introductions.
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Head of Department and Co-Director of the Environment Institute
Department of Geography,
University College London,
Pearson Building,
Gower Street,
London.
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Professor Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA is the Director of the UCL Environment Institute and Head of the Department of Geography. He is an Executive Director of Carbon Auditors Ltd/Inc. He is science advisor to the Global Cool Foundation and Carbon
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