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FROM VOLUME 11, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 1998
RECENT BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS
Information given in the annotations is frequently taken from publishers
promotional literature. Prices and page numbers may be approximate;
contact publisher for details and additional information on content.
Publishers are named in parentheses at the end of each citation. In most
cases, books advertised by publishers with an expected publication date
are not listed here until actually in print.
Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide Mitigation: Science and Technology,
M. M. Halmann and Meyer Steinberg, 352 pp., 1998, $69.95 (Lewis
This survey of current R&D covers techniques for reducing CO2
in manufacturing waste streams, using waste CO2 as a
feedstock, separating CO2 from waste-stream gases, reducing CO2
emissions from fossil fuels, lowering the releases of CO2 from
steel and cement manufacturing, and disposing of CO2 in oceans
and underground aquifers.
Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warmings Unfinished Debate,
S. F. Singer, 110 pp., 1997, $14.95 pbk (Independent Institute).
This book reviews scientific, economic, and policy issues related to
global warming. It discusses the effects of clouds, oceans, atmospheric
aerosols, solar variability, and trace gases in the atmosphere on climate.
It also treats the climate record, computer models, crop yields, and
climate-change mitigation. It concludes that society should not be unduly
concerned about global warming. It was reviewed by R. J. Oglesby in Eos
79, 463 (Sept. 29, 1998), where he commented that throughout
the book the author concludes that because there is still much uncertainty
about greenhouse warming, it is not occurring ... this is a political, not
a scientific, conclusion. ... Despite the political slant, this is still a
book that deserves to be read and digested as good arguments are made and
if nothing else, the book can serve as an effective ?devils advocate
for those who may think greenhouse warming is real.
Is the Temperature Rising? The Uncertain Science of Global Warming,
S. G. Philander, 224 pp., 1997, $35 (Princeton Univ. Press).
Based on a course taught by the author, this work explains the
complexities of climate science with lyrical language and excellent
illustrations, making it very easy to read. However, the title question is
only addressed very briefly at the end of the book. Hans von Storch
reviewed it in Nature 392, 458-459 (Apr. 2, 1998) and said
that the author reduces the uncertainty of climate science mostly to
the fundamental problem of nonlinear dynamics and the related problem of
determining accurate initial conditions. Other fundamental aspects are
neglected ... the book comes across as over-optimistic about the task of
analysing and modelling the climate system and its sensitivity.
Climate Trend Atlas of Europe: Based on Observations 1891-1990,
C.-D. Schönwiese and Jörg Rapp, 224 pp., 1997, $112 hbk (Kluwer
To ascertain long-term trends, this work studies the temperature,
precipitation, pressure, and humidity data recorded by various European
weather stations from 1891 to 1990. It also determines trends for 1961 to
1990 for the World Meteorological Organizations climate normal
period. These trends are displayed in 316 charts, following discussions of
methods, reliability, and results.
Additional Reviews of Previous Entries
Argument in the Greenhouse: The International Economics of Controlling
Global Warming, Nick Mabey, Stephen Hall, Clare Smith, and Sujata
Gupta, 442 pp., 1997, $74.95 hbk/$24.95 pbk (Routledge). (Global
Climate Change Digest, Nov. 1997)
Reviewed by W. G. Brown in Environment 40 (7), 23
(1998), who says the technical content of the book will both
challenge and reward those who are interested in climate change and
related issues but who are not familiar with the current state of
quantitative economic analysis.
Also reviewed in Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 79 (5),
898-899 (May 1998).
International Politics of Climate Change: Key Issues and Critical
Actors, G. Fermann, Ed., ca. 475 pp., 1997, $45/£31 (Scandinavian
Univ.). (Global Climate Change Digest, Sept. 1997)
Reviewed by N. J. Vig in Environment 40 (4), 25 (May
1998), who says this well-written book traces environmental
management in the oil and chemical industries from 1960, when it was
heretical to identify with environmentalists concerns, to 1993, when
it was equally heretical not to.
Also reviewed by C. Clague, in Energy 23 (3), 249-250
(1998), who noted that the book reflects the fact that it was
conceived and orchestrated by the editor, for it has more coherence than
most collections of essays by different authors.
Assessing Climate Change: Results from the Model Evaluation Consortium
for Climate Assessment, W. Howe, A. Henderson-Sellers, Eds., 420 pp.,
1997, $140/£91 (Gordon & Breach). (Global Climate Change
Digest, Nov. 1997)
Reviewed in Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 79 (5), 902 (May
1998): this book will provide the international policy community
with the context underpinning the current range of climate [change]
Biomass Burning and Global Change. Vol. 1: Remote Sensing, Modeling
and Inventory Development, and Biomass Burning in Africa (632 pp.,
$80). Vol. 2: Biomass burning in South America, Southeast Asia, and
Temperate Boreal Ecosystems, and the Oil Fires of Kuwait (421 pp.,
$70), J. S. Levine, Ed., 1996 (MIT Press). (Global Climate Change
Digest, Nov. 1997)
Reviewed by Julio Betancourt in Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 79
(5), 892-894 (May 1998), who says the book is a must-have reference
for anyone interested in biomass burning, atmospheric chemistry, and
particularly the Tropics.
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