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Global Warming
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  • Cited by 108
  • 4th edition
  • John Houghton, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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John Houghton's market-leading textbook is now in full colour and includes the latest IPCC findings, making it the definitive guide to climate change. Written for students across a wide range of disciplines, its simple, logical flow of ideas gives an invaluable grounding in the science and impacts of climate change and highlights the need for action on global warming. Is there evidence for climate changing due to human activities? How do we account for recent extremes of weather and climate? Can global electricity provision and transport ever be carbon free? Written by a leading figure at the forefront of action to confront humanity's most serious environmental problem, this undergraduate textbook comprehensively explores these and other issues, allowing students to think through the problem, assess the data and draw conclusions on the action that should be taken, by governments, by industry and by each and every one of us.


‘This book has become the standard introductory text for explaining the mechanics and the implications of global warming … it provides one of the most readable and authoritative statements of the basic science and its implications.’

Simon Napper Source: Biologist

‘… the definitive scientific book on global warming by one of the few authors who is actually in a position to give a ‘complete briefing’.’

David Lorimer - Director, Scientific and Medical Network

‘This book is, of course, a must for students … and for those people who want a clear and calm exposition of what global warming is, why it really matters and what we can do about it.’

Fred Pearce Source: Focus (Science and Technology)

‘Well written, well organised, richly illustrated and referenced, it should be required reading for anybody concerned with the fate of our planet.’

Elmar R. Reiter Source: Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

‘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 Source: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

‘… 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 …’

Sir Crispin Tickell Source: The Times Higher Education Supplement

‘… a useful book for students and laymen to understand some of the complexities of the global warming issue … At a student-friendly price, this is a book to buy for yourself and not rely on the library copy.’

Allen Perry Source: Holocene

'Sir John Houghton, in this Fourth Edition of his book: Global Warming: The Complete Briefing, has written what should be the last word in this magisterial presentation of the latest science based very much on the IPCC Assessments. … The book, almost seductively, leads the reader through the essential science behind the issue of climate change. … The book contains an elegant description of changes in the climate over the past one hundred, thousand and million years …'

John Stone Source: Bulletin of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanography Society

'… the subject of this book is of continuing interest and concern to all. … The author avoids esoteric accounts of the causes of climate change and of the simulations used to estimate future conditions and instead provides explanations and descriptions which are appropriate to the intelligent reader educated in other subjects. … the book, as a whole, presents a most instructive account of the current and future problems and their causes and does discuss ways to delay their onset.'

Source: Experimental Agriculture

'… the text is written in a friendly style, and it coordinates a lot of difficult scientific information … one can find in this volume an outstanding synthesis of information, both well-known and new … will be a very good, enriching and enjoyable [read] for everyone … even … beginners will appreciate it very much … the reviewer recommends this book strongly for everyone in the geoscience[s] …'

Source: Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie

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