The Earth has experienced many episodes of dramatic climate change over the years. Scientists warn that the planet is currently becoming warmer at a rapid pace and there will be significant consequences for the people and ecosystems. How humans respond to global warming is crucial for their survival amid the growing threat of moving coastal cities, migrating crop belts, changing climate zones, and varying river conditions. A thorough examination of the climate history of the past million years may help predict and alter the course for the future. Climate Change examines different aspects of this topic, including the causes of climate change on different time scales, the human induced climate changes over the past 200 years, and the effect that climate change has on the environment. From expanding deserts to droughts and desertification to melting ice caps this work covers it all. Climate Change discusses the past and present day desert and glacial climate zones on the Earth and offers a glimpse into the future. Black and white photographs and line illustrations, a glossary, tables, and further reading round out this accessible book.
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