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By Andrew Dessler

This textbook is tightly thinking about the matter of anthropogenic weather swap. it's special between textbooks on weather swap in that it combines an advent of the technological know-how with an creation to the non-science concerns reminiscent of the commercial and coverage thoughts. not like extra only descriptive textbooks, it includes the quantitative intensity that's worthwhile for an sufficient realizing of the technological know-how of weather swap. The objective of the booklet is for a scholar to depart the category able to interact within the public coverage debate in this factor. this can be a useful textbook for any introductory survey direction at the technological know-how and coverage of weather swap, for either non-science majors and introductory technology scholars.

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Such radiation has very high energies because it originates from changes in atomic nuclei, and as a result this radiation can cause cancer and other medical problems. Electromagnetic radiation discussed here generally originates from changes in the atoms’ electrons or from changes in the molecule’s rotational or vibrational state, and therefore has far less energy – so it is generally not a health hazard. This is good, because you are surrounded by electromagnetic radiation right now. Electromagnetic radiation also behaves like a wave, but for this problem it is easier to think of it as a particle.

All of these data confirm the warming seen in the surface thermometer data. r Because of the overwhelming evidence supporting it, the scientific community has concluded that the observed warming of the climate system is beyond doubt – the IPCC says it is unequivocal. Furthermore, scientists have concluded that the previous decade is very likely the hottest of the past 400 years. 5-billion-year history. The geologic record shows that the climate has been both much warmer and much cooler than today’s climate.

There Fig. 12 Average northern hemisphere temperature anomaly over the past 1,000 years, based on multiple proxy records and the modern surface thermometer record. Anomalies are calculated relative to the 1961–1990 average (the source is Fig. 11 of Dessler and Parson, 2010, which was adapted from Fig. S-1 of the National Research Council, 2006). 3 Chapter summary were then several centuries of gradual cooling, bottoming out in a period 200– 300 years ago known as the Little Ice Age, followed by faster warming since the 19th century.

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