With Speed and Violence
Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate ChangeBook - 2007
As Pearce began working on this book, normally cautious scientists beat a path to his door to tell him about their fears and their latest findings. With Speed and Violence tells the stories of these scientists and their work--from the implications of melting permafrost in Siberia and the huge river systems of meltwater beneath the icecaps of Greenland and Antarctica to the effects of the "ocean conveyor" and a rare molecule that runs virtually the entire cleanup system for the planet.
Above all, the scientists told him what they're now learning about the speed and violence of past natural climate change-and what it portends for our future. With Speed and Violence is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash.
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A collection of a dozen or so linked essays on the variables that may lead to abrupt and irreversible climate destabilization. The appendix offers an excellent outline for an action plan to avoid climate destabilization. Very readable and non-technical writing that illustrates that we may have much to learn about how the climate functions on our beautiful planet.
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