The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environ- ticular the CF C gases. I would like to point out, how- mental Change. Richard C.J. Somerville. 1 996. 21 6 ever, that in an otherwise excellent discussion, he pp. $21.95 . Clothbound. University of California Press. make s a majo r numerical error when he claims that 1 ISB N 0-520-08890-5. Gton of ozone is created and destroyed each year in the stratosphere. The correct number is about 100 In this remarkable, well-written book, Richard C. times larger and thus about 10 times larger than the J. Somerville, professor of meteorology and director annual production of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel of the Climate Research Division at Scripps Institu- burning. So powerful are thus the ozone production tion of Oceanography, University of California, San and destruction mechanisms in the upper atmosphere Diego, has taken on the task of explaining to the edu- that it will be hard to counteract stratospheric ozone cated, nonspecialist public a large range of atmo- loss by anthropogenic ozone production. Of the above sphere-related anthropogenic problems, including the huge quantity about 1 Gton reaches the troposphere, Los Angeles photochemical smog, acid rain, strato- which is probably the number that
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Published: Sep 1, 1996
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