Global Warming: The Complete Briefing. At the same time, Houghton clearly explains his John Houghton. 1997. 251 pp. $22.95. Paperbound. values that make this urgent. To avoid large imme- Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-62932-2. diate negative economic impacts by proceeding slowly, it appears that the processes of stabilizing the climate change will require 50-100 years of This book lives up to its title in giving as com- effort. Thus, it is a concern for humanity in this time prehensive and understandable a description of the frame that motivates the international efforts to re- issue of global warming as possible. It describes spond to this issue. how the slow global changes involved can be im- portant in the context of the much larger seasonal Conversely, the book makes it easy to under- and weather changes we experience. It addresses stand how people focused on their personal sur- the concept of radiative forcing by C0 and other vival or success for the next year or two would see greenhouse gases and the complexities of relating little cause for concern. Present and future energy C0 increase to global carbon cycles. It addresses resources are reviewed. The final chapter, "The past climate and the construction of climate mod- Global Village," places the issue of global warm- els and then discusses their important feedbacks ing in the context of the other global problems that and how their success can be evaluated. must be addressed and introduces the concept of The book does a nice job of describing the com- environmental stewardship and the need for more plexities and uncertainties involved. It treats the public attention to this large issue. This book can construction of scenarios of future increases of the be recommended to a very wide readership, from gases giving the radiative forcing in general terms, scientists working in the areas discussed to the in- terested public.—Robert E. Dickinson. the expected climate change, and the consequences of sea level rise and impacts in such areas as fresh- water resources and ecosystems. Cogent arguments Robert E. Dickinson is a regent's professor in are made for the need to reorganize our global en- the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at The ergy systems to lessen the effects. University of Arizona, Tucson. • CSIRO Publishing American Geophysical Union P.O. Box 1139, 150 Oxford St., Collingwood, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, VIC 3006 Australia DC 20009 Telephone: 613 03 9662 7666 Telephone: 800-966-2481 Oxford University Press Artech House 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016 685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062 Telephone: 212-726-6000 Telephone: 800-225-9977 Uriel Publishing Cambridge University Press Suite 115, 615 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 40 W. 20 St., New York, NY 10011 Telephone: 800-221-4512 World Meteorological Organization Computational Mechanics C.D. 2300, CH-1211, Geneva 2, Switzerland 25 Bridge St., Rillerica, MA 01821 Telephone: 41 22 730 84 78 Telephone: 781-667-5841 (International orders only—domestic orders should be placed through AMS) 168 7 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 187
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