ne w publications Tying Down the Wind (Eric Pinder, 2000, 280 pp., The Carbon Cycle (T. Wigley and D. Schimel, Eds., $24.95, paperbound, Penguin Putnam, ISBN 1-58542- 2000, 292 pp., $64.95, hardbound, Cambridge Univer- 060-3). The book has the subtitle "Adventures in the sity Press, ISBN 0-521-58337-3). To understand cli- Worst Weather on Earth," but that only is only a hint mate change, one must also understand the carbon of what is inside. During time spent as an observer at cycle that involves atmosphere, oceans, soil, vegeta- the Mt. Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, tion, and geology. As part of a series, the Global the author collected information on the atmosphere and Change Institute of 1993 focused on the carbon cycle, also stories and anecdotes about effects of wind and leading to reports published (1994, 1995) by the In- weather on the lives of people, many of whom were tergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 21 of associated with the observatory. This material begins which are reproduced in this book. After an introduc- with characteristics of the atmosphere, moves on to the tion, papers appear in sections on "The Missing Car- seasons, and last, focuses on extreme conditions, with bon Sink," "Paleo-C0 Variations," and "Modeling stories that are educational and entertaining. The book C0 Changes." The papers are filled with current in- is written for a broad spectrum of readers, and both formation on carbon sources, sinks, and transfer pro- amateur and professional meteorologists should find cesses, with numerous references. The book will be of it of interest. considerable interest to scientists and engineers working on or interested in the global climate change problem. Eduard Bruckner: The Sources and Consequences of Climate Change and Climate Variability in His- torical Times (N. Stehr and H. von Storch, Eds., 2000, 338 pp., $167.00, hardbound, Kluwer Academic, ISBN 0-7923-6128-8). This anthology of studies on Academic Press, 525 "B" St., Suite anthropogenic climate change and the social, politi- 1900, San Diego, CA 92101 cal, and economic impact of climate variations on so- Telephone: 619-231-0926 cieties in historical times, by the eminent geographer and climate scientist Eduard Bruckner, assembles his Cambridge University Press, 40 W. pioneering work in English for the first time. The stud- 20th St., New York, NY 10011 ies were chosen to demonstrate Bruckner's wide-rang- Telephone: 800-872-7423 ing scientific interest in climate variability, his extensive empirical research and theoretical analysis Elsevier Science, 655 Avenue of the of climate change, his assessment of contemporary Americas, New York, NY 10010 analyses and thinking about anthropogenic climate Telephone: 212-989-5800 change (such as the widespread concern about desic- cation), and how he approached the questions of the Kluwer Academic Press, 101 Philip transfer of scientific knowledge into society. • Drive, Norwell, MA 02061 Telephone: 617-871-6600 Penguin Putnam, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 Vol. 81, No. 7 7, November 2000
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