Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
An Introduction (8.4 MB)
S. George Philander
IN ITS 2007 report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a large, international panel of scientists, all experts on the Earth's climate, concluded that human activities, specifically those that cause an increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, have started affecting the Earth's climate. The panel further predicted that far more significant climate changes are imminent. This report, and Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth are persuading a rapidly increasing number of people that human activities can lead to possibly disastrous global climate changes. Those nonscientists are passionate about being wise and responsible stewards of the Earth, but at present they are handicapped because they take the words of the scientists on faith, and accept the reality of the threat of global warming without grasping the scientific reasons. This is most unfortunate, because our response to the threat of global warming is far more likely to be effective ...