Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change

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Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. 2nd ed. Ed. by S. George Philander. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 3 vols. $340 (ISBN: 9781412992619).

The ongoing debate concerning global warming and its effects on the planet continues at all levels of society and in all forms of media. It is a scientific discussion that affects all aspects of the human condition, and therefore it is especially important that library communities have access to current research to understand the issues at hand and realize the consequences for the future.

General Editor, S. George Philander has gathered approximately 230 academic writers and scientists to create a three-volume work of 800 signed entries. This new title is the second edition of Philander's earlier 2008 work and he indicates that "some 50 percent of the contents have been updated and revised and 40 entirely new articles have been added" (xxxiv). Entries are two to five pages in length with a list of further readings and are complimented by black and white photography. In addition to the usual list of resources and index, the final volume includes an important appendix of graphic plots detailing actual long-term data on climate change with explanatory summaries. …

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