Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Climate Change, What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Climate Change, What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren

Article excerpt

Review: Climate Change, What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren Joseph F.C. DiMento and Pamela Doughman (Eds.) Reviewed by Matthew Aaron Tennant Regent's Park College, University of Oxford DiMento, Joseph F. C., and Doughman, Pamela (Eds). Climate Change, What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2007. 217 pp. ISBN 978-0-262- 54193-0. US$60.00, cloth; $US19.95, paper. Alkaline paper.

Climate Change begins with the following three basic assumptions: "that the public would like to understand climate change better, that understanding climate change is not easy, and that [the difficulty understanding climate change] does not have to be that way" (p. 2). In the stated effort to make climate change easier for the general public to understand, the editors have written in an accessible manner for a fairly wide range of readers. They skillfully adapt complex scientific concepts into language that should be understandable by general readers. The information presented in the book is well-documented, and the authors and editors maintain an unbiased feeling in their presentation. The series editors intend the book as an introduction, and it would be useful in an interdisciplinary course or section on climate change. General readers desiring to better understand the science of climate change will also appreciate this book. The book includes a helpful glossary of climate change terms and a thorough index.

In chapter one, DiMento and Doughman introduce the book. They are joined by John Abatzoglou and Stefano Nespor in chapter two, which is "A Primer on Global Climate Change and Its Likely Impacts." Using non-technical terminology, the authors explain how climate change works and what could happen if the climate changes. In chapter three, the same four authors write about the effects of climate change, with a section focusing on California as an example. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.