Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Mark Maslin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191579122

Category: Nature

Page: 216

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Global warming is arguably the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and accessible explanation of the key topics in the debate: looking at the predicted impact of climate change, exploring the political controversies of recent years, and explaining the proposed solutions. Fully updated for 2008, Mark Maslin's compelling account brings the reader right up to date, describing recent developments from US policy to the UK Climate Change Bill, and where we now stand with the Kyoto Protocol. He also includes a chapter on local solutions, reflecting the now widely held view that, to mitigate any impending disaster, governments as well as individuals must to act together. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Climate Change

A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Mark Maslin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198719043

Category: Science

Page: 187

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Previous editions published as: Global warming.

Climate: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Mark Maslin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0199641137

Category: Science

Page: 176

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In this Very Short Introduction, Mark Maslin looks at all aspects of climate, from the physical and chemical factors that drive it and how climate differs from weather, to how climate has affected human settlements and the cyclic features of it. He ends with a look at climate change and our current approaches to solving it.

Environmental Economics: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Stephen Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199583587

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 136

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Environmental economics can be controversial, but it is also central to some key policy issues facing governments and society today, including industrial pollution, global warming, and waste/recycling. Stephen Smith looks at how economic activity affects the environment in which we live, and how environmental policies can most effectively be used.

Global Catastrophes

A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Bill McGuire

Publisher: Oxford University Press (UK)

ISBN: 0198715935

Category: Nature

Page: 123

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Life on Earth will eventually come to an end. This work focuses on the many potential catastrophes facing our planet in the future, from global warming and new Ice Ages to asteroid impact, supervolcanoes and mega-tsunami. It looks at the science behind these events and our chances of survival.

Anthropocene

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Author: Erle C. Ellis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198792980

Category: NATURE

Page: 208

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Climate scientists, geologists, ecologists, and archaeologists recognize the profound effects of human activity on Earth, though whether and how this should be recognized as a formal geological epoch - the Anthropocene - remains under debate, Erle Ellis describes how the Anthropocene concept is affecting the sciences, humanities, and politics.

Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Bill McGuire

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191577995

Category: Nature

Page: 152

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Life on earth will come to an end. It's just a matter of when. Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction focuses on the many potential catastrophes facing our planet and our species in the future, and looks at both the probability of these events happening and our chances of survival. Coverage extends from discussion of the likely consequences of the current global warming to the inevitable destruction of the earth in the far future, when it is enveloped by our giant, bloated sun. In between, other 'end of the world scenarios' will be examined, including the New Ice Age, asteroid and comet impact, supervolcanoes, and mega-tsunami. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Andrew Goudie,Heather Viles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199565570

Category: History

Page: 137

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Examining what landscape is, and how we use a range of ideas and techniques to study it, Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles demonstrate how geomorphologists have built on classic methods pioneered by some great 19th century scientists to examine our Earth.

Das terrestrische Manifest

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Author: Bruno Latour

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518758047

Category: Political Science

Page: 150

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Eine Serie politischer Unwetter hat die Welt durcheinandergebracht. Die Instrumente, mit denen wir uns früher orientierten, funktionieren nicht mehr. Verstanden wir Politik lange als einen Zeitstrahl, der von einer lokalen Vergangenheit in eine globale Zukunft führen würde, realisieren wir nun, dass der Globus für unsere Globalisierungspläne zu klein ist. Der Weg in eine behütetere Vergangenheit erweist sich ebenfalls als Fiktion. Wir hängen in der Luft, der jähe Absturz droht. In dieser brisanten Situation gilt es zuallererst, wieder festen Boden unter den Füßen zu gewinnen und sich dann neu zu orientieren. Bruno Latour unternimmt den Versuch, die Landschaft des Politischen neu zu vermessen und unsere politischen Leidenschaften auf neue Gegenstände auszurichten. Jenseits überkommener Unterscheidungen wie links und rechts, fortschrittlich und reaktionär plädiert er für eine radikal materialistische Politik, die nicht nur den Produktionsprozess einbezieht, sondern auch die ökologischen Bedingungen unserer Existenz.

Internationale Migration

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Author: Khalid Koser

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783150186930

Category: Emigration and immigration

Page: 204

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"Es gibt aktuell auf der Welt mehr Migranten denn jemals zuvor; Kriege und Bürgerkriege sind genauso Gründe dafür wie Armut, wirtschaftliche Ansprüche oder gar Unternehmensgeist. Neu ist das Phänomen gleichwohl nicht, es hat die Geschichte von Kulturen und Staaten immer schon mitgeprägt. Khalid Koser, ein international gefragter Migrationsexperte des Genfer Zentrums für Sicherheitspolitik, stellt das Phänomen mit all seinen Problemen und Auswirkungen knapp, abgewogen und differenziert dar, widerlegt zahlreiche dazu umlaufende Mythen und plädiert dafür, den Wert der Migration für Volkswirtschaften und Kulturen zu erkennen und zu würdigen."--Verl.

Mountains: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Martin F. Price

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199695881

Category: Science

Page: 152

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"Looks at both the regional and global effects of mountains on climate and ecosystems. Considers the value of mountains to humanity, as centres of biological and cultural diversity, religious sanctuaries, sources of food, timber, and medicines, and major centres for tourism. Discusses the impact of climate change on mountains, and considers how this affects the people who rely on mountains for their livelihood or culture"--Publisher's description.

Earth System Science

A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Tim Lenton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019871887X

Category:

Page: 144

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When humanity first glimpsed planet Earth from space, the unity of the system that supports humankind entered the popular consciousness. The concept of the Earth's atmosphere, biosphere, oceans, soil, and rocks operating as a closely interacting system has rapidly gained ground in science. This new field, involving geographers, geologists, biologists, oceanographers, and atmospheric physicists, is known as Earth System Science. In this Very Short Introduction, Tim Lenton considers how a world in which humans could evolve was created; how, as a species, we are now reshaping that world; and what a sustainable future for humanity within the Earth System might look like. Drawing on elements of geology, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, Lenton asks whether Earth System Science can help guide us onto a sustainable course before we alter the Earth system to the point where we destroy ourselves and our current civilisation. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Geography: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: John A. Matthews,David T. Herbert

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191578681

Category: Science

Page: 200

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Modern Geography has come a long way from its historical roots in exploring foreign lands, and simply mapping and naming the regions of the world. Spanning both physical and human Geography, the discipline today is unique as a subject which can bridge the divide between the sciences and the humanities, and between the environment and our society. Using wide-ranging examples from global warming and oil, to urbanization and ethnicity, this Very Short Introduction paints a broad picture of the current state of Geography, its subject matter, concepts and methods, and its strengths and controversies. The book’s conclusion is no less than a manifesto for Geography’s future. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Ice Age

A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Jamie Woodward

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199580693

Category: History

Page: 163

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"In an era of warming climate, the study of the ice age past is now more important than ever. This book examines the wonders of the Quaternary ice age - to show how ice age landscapes and ecosystems were repeatedly and rapidly transformed as plants, animals, and humans reorganized their worlds." --Publisher.

Spieltheorie

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Author: Ken Binmore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783150185902

Category:

Page: 272

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Der Wasserstoff-Boom

Wunsch und Wirklichkeit beim Wettlauf um den Klimaschutz

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Author: Joseph J. Romm

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9783527315703

Category: Science

Page: 219

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Ist Wasserstoff die Lï¿1⁄2sung fï¿1⁄2r all unsere Energie- und Umweltprobleme? Die weit verbreitete Meinung in den Medien, bei Umweltexperten, Industrieanalysten und Autoherstellern scheint zu sein, dass emissionsfreie Brennstoffzellen auf Wasserstoffbasis schon in einigen Jahren, spï¿1⁄2testens aber binnen der nï¿1⁄2chsten zwei Jahrzehnte die Rettung bringen kï¿1⁄2nnten. So schnell geht es aber nicht, sagt Joseph Romm. In "Der Wasserstoff-Boom" erklï¿1⁄2rt er, warum Wasserstoff nicht die vielgepriesene einfache technologische Lï¿1⁄2sung ist und warnt vor ï¿1⁄2berzogenen Erwartungen an die Brennstoffzellen, die den Markt neu beleben und das Weltklima retten sollen. Zwar kï¿1⁄2nnten Gebï¿1⁄2ude und Fabriken ab 2010 tatsï¿1⁄2chlich mit Energie aus Brennstoffzellen versorgt werden, argumentiert Romm, aber auf den grï¿1⁄2ï¿1⁄2ten Verursacher fï¿1⁄2r Treibhausgasemmissionen, den Straï¿1⁄2enverkehr, wird Wasserstoff wahrscheinlich nicht vor 2050 einen spï¿1⁄2rbaren Einfluss haben. Da unser Klima aber solange nicht warten kann, mï¿1⁄2ssen wir sofort reagieren und die energieeffizienten und erneuerbaren Technologien, die bereits kommerziell verfï¿1⁄2gbar sind, schneller einfï¿1⁄2hren. "Der Wasserstoff-Boom" bietet eine nï¿1⁄2chterne und hï¿1⁄2chst lesenswerte Analyse der politischen, wirtschaftlichen und technologischen Hintergrï¿1⁄2nde rund um den Wasserstoff und Klimaschutz. In einer Zeit, wo es mitunter schwer ist, Wissenschaft und Spinnerei auseinander zu halten, gibt Romm eine sachliche Einfï¿1⁄2hrung in die Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Technologie, offenbart die praktischen Schwierigkeiten beim ï¿1⁄2bergang zur Wasserstoffwirtschaft und zeigt, warum weder Politik noch Wirtschaft darauf vertrauen sollten, dass Wasserstoff-Autos kurz- oder mittelfristig einen kommerziellen Erfolg haben werden, auch nicht unter den immer bedrohlicher werdenden Anzeichen fï¿1⁄2r eine Klimaverï¿1⁄2nderung. "Romms klare und prï¿1⁄2zise Analyse ist eine Pflichtlektï¿1⁄2re fï¿1⁄2r jeden, der meint, mit Wasserstoffautos lieï¿1⁄2e sich vor Mitte dieses Jahrhunderts ein Beitrag zum Klimaschutz leisten." (Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Bevollmï¿1⁄2chtigter der California Energy Commission)

Globalization: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Manfred Steger

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191639664

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

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'Globalization' has become one of the defining buzzwords of our time - a term that describes a variety of accelerating economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are rapidly altering our experience of the world. It is by its nature a dynamic topic - and this Very Short Introduction has been fully updated for a third edition, to include recent developments in global politics, the global economy, and environmental issues. Presenting globalization in accessible language as a multifaceted process encompassing global, regional, and local aspects of social life, Manfred B. Steger looks at its causes and effects, examines whether it is a new phenomenon, and explores the question of whether, ultimately, globalization is a good or a bad thing. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Environmental Politics

A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Andrew Dobson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199665575

Category: Environmental policy

Page: 144

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Environmental politics has many faces and operates at multiple scales: it preoccupies individuals as well as governments, drives local agreements as well as international treaties, results in minor business changes as well as wholesale business decisions, and fluctuates between a politics of protest and one of accommodation. In this Very Short Introduction Andrew Dobson offers a lively and comprehensive commentary on the many facets of environmental politics today. Looking towards the future, he asks whether environmental politics will be comfortably accommodated by mainstream politics, or whether the advent of the Anthropocene - a whole new geological epoch driven by human impact on the environment - will herald a break with the politics of growth that has dominated social life since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Garden History: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Gordon Campbell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191004189

Category: Gardening

Page: 160

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Gardens take many forms, and have a variety of functions. They can serve as spaces of peace and tranquilty, a way to cultivate wildlife, or as places to develop agricultural resources. Globally, gardens have inspired, comforted, and sustained people from all walks of life, and since the Garden of Eden many iconic gardens have inspired great artists, poets, musicians, and writers. In this Very Short Introduction, Gordon Campbell embraces gardens in all their splendour, from parks, and fruit and vegetable gardens to ornamental gardens, and takes the reader on a globe-trotting historical journey through iconic and cultural signposts of gardens from different regions and traditions. Ranging from the gardens of ancient Persia to modern day allotments, he concludes by looking to the future of the garden in the age of global warming, and the adaptive spirit of human innovation. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.