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The environmental issues that threaten the future
Global Climate Change grapples with environmental issues that threaten the future of this planet: the greenhouse effect, acid rain, the loss of our oceans through pollution and desertification, and the likely effects of nuclear exchanges between the superpowers. Authorities in the environmental sciences discuss these dangers in depth and explore ways to reduce future damage to the environment. They also examine such natural environmental phenomena as earthquakes, which produce long-term climatic changes as well as catastrophic effects.

From a scientific viewpoint
In Global Climate Change, S. Fred Singer looks at the global environment from a scientific viewpoint, focusing on the interaction of the environment–atmosphere, land, water and especially ocean–with ecological resources. These resources provide us with a healthful environment in which to live and with food, probably the most basic resource.

Essays include...
Some of the essays in this book include “Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change,” by William W. Kellogg, Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado; “Where Do We Stand With The CO2 Greenhouse Effect Problem?” by Helmut E. Landsberg, Former Professor of Meteorology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; “Chlorofluorocarbons, Stratospheric Ozone, and the Antarctic ‘Ozone Hole’,” by F. Sherwood Rowland, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, California; “Stratospheric Ozone: Science & Policy,” by S. Fred Singer, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; “Acid Rain,” by Kenneth Mellanby, Director Emeritus, Monk’s Wood Experimental Station, Huntingdon, England; “Worldwide Pollution of the Oceans,” by K. Kilho Park, Office of Chief Scientist, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration, Washington, D.C.; “Global Effects of Nuclear Exchange,” by Robert U. Ayres, Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania; “Global Effects of Meteorite Impacts and Volcanism,” by Devendra Lal, Visiting Scientist, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California; and “Asteroids, Volcanoes, and Climate,” by H. G. Goodell, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Overview S. Fred Singer

Chapter 1. Mechanisms of Climatic Change
Curt Covey
Chapter 2. Carbon Dioxide and Climate Changes
William W. Kellogg
Chapter 3. Response to W.W. Kellogg's Paper
Hugh W. Ellsaesser
Chapter 4. Climate From a Modeling Point of View: In Reply to Comments by H.W. Ellsaesser
Andrew A. Lacis
Chapter 5. Where Do We Stand With The C02 Greenhouse Effect Problem?
Helmut E. Landsberg
Chapter 6. Methane in the Atmosphere
Ralph J. Cicerone
Chapter 7. Chlorofluorocarbons, Stratospheric Ozone, and the Antarctic 'Ozone Hole'
F. Sherwood Rowland
Chapter 8. Stratospheric Ozone: Science & Policy
S. Fred Singer
Chapter 9. Comments on Chlorofluorocarbons and Stratospheric Ozone
Andrew A. Lacis
Chapter 10. Acid Rain
Kenneth Mellanby
Chapter 11. The Complexity of Surface Water Acidification by Acid Rain
A.G. Everett
Chapter 12. Worldwide Pollution of the Oceans
P. Kilho Park
Chapter 13. Commentary on P. Kilho Park's Paper
Michael G. Norton
Chapter 14. World Water Problems: Desertification
Gerald Stanhill
Chapter 15. Commentary on Gerald Stanhill's Paper
Avraham Melamed
Chapter 16. Enhancement of Precipitation by Sea Mixing
Gad Assaf
Chapter 17. Effects of Artificial Sea Mixing on Oceanographic and Meteorological Processes
Colette Serruya
Chapter 18. Global Effects of Nuclear Exchange
Robert U. Ayres
Chapter 19. Nuclear Winter or Nuclear Summer?
S. Fred Singer
Chapter 20. Global Effects of Meteorite Impacts and Volcanism
Devendra Lal
Chapter 21. Commentary on Davendra Lal's Paper
Andrew A. Lacis and Sergej Lebedeff
Chapter 22. Further Commentary on Devendra Lal's Paper
Hugh W. Ellsaesser
Chapter 23. Asteroids, Volcanoes, And Climate
H. G. Goodell
Chapter 24. Gaia: A New Look at Global Ecology and Evolution
Penelope J. Boston
Postscript S. Fred Singer
List of Figures
List of Tables

S. FRED SINGER, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, is an authority on ecological and atmospheric issues. He has written and edited several books, including Is There An Optimum Level of Population?, Free Market Energy, and two books published by Paragon House, The Universe and Its Origins and The Ocean in Human Affairs.

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