The Change in the Weather
By William K. Stevens
New York: Delacorte Press, 1999
From the Chicago heat wave of 1995 that claimed nearly 600 lives, to the continuing erosion of our shorelines, Stevens details examples of the disastrous effects wrought by ever increasing global temperatures. Through interviews with experts, the author shows how the changing weather patterns brought on by global warming are causing problems for people all over the world and will only continue to do so in the future.
Earth in the Balance
By Al Gore
London: Earthscan, 1992
Then-senator Al Gore wrote this passionate appeal to the American public in the hopes it would cause them to radically rethink their relationship to the environment. In the book that made policy makers finally recognize the consequences of our reckless disregard for the environment, Gore decries the squandering of our natural resources and the refusal of human beings to take responsibility for the protection of our planet.
By John A. Baden
San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, 1995
A response to Gore's book, this work relies on more concrete scientific evidence to make arguments for the causes and solutions to the crisis of global warming. Baden outlines practical answers to the dilemma, while proving that the interests of economists and environmentalists are not always mutually exclusive.
By Ray Bradley
San Diego: Academic Press Limited, 1999
In this highly accessible introduction to the discipline of paleoclimatology, learn how scientists use the analysis of geological and biological evidence, sophisticated dating methods, and computerized modeling tools to reconstruct an accurate historical record of the Earth's climate.
The Earth From Above:
Using Color-Coded Satellite Images to Examine the Global Environment
By Claire L. Parkinson
Sausalito, CA: University Science Books, 1997
With 50 color satellite images, clear diagrams, and detailed illustrations, this book explains to the layperson how experts interpret satellite data and use them to determine how phenomena such as the ozone hole, El Ni–o, and volcanic eruptions are affecting our planet. The book also takes care to emphasize the limitations of satellite data and to point out the pitfalls commonly encountered in their interpretation.
Is the Temperature Rising?
By S. George Philander
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998
If you're not convinced yet, you might be after you read this book by Princeton geoscientist Philander. While the author is careful to explain the uncertainties inherent in any attempt to forecast the effects of global warming, he argues that yes, the temperature is rising, and if we wait too long for more 'accurate' scientific predictions, it may already be too late to avoid catastrophe.
Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming's Unfinished Debate
by S. Fred Singer.
Oakland: The Independent Institute, 1997.
Dr. Singer explores the inaccuracies in historical climate data, the limitations of
attempting to model climate on computers, solar variability and its impact on climate, the
effects of clouds, ocean currents, and sea levels on global climate, and factors that
could mitigate any human impacts on world climate. In addition, he also finds that
many aspects of any global warming, such as a longer growing season for food and a
reduced need to use fossil fuels for heating, would actually have a positive impact on
the human race.