Itf'UllNfr t BOOK REVIEWS GLOBA L WARMIN G Fred Pearce, 2002, 72 pp., $6.95, paperbound, DK Publishing, ISBN 0-7894-8419-6 his is a short overview of the subject, from sci- Fo r meteorologists, one of the most egregious ence to politics, with an overwhelmingly proen- problem s is highlighted in the chapter called "The Tvironmenta l flavor. The author "guides the Greenhouse Effect" (pp. 14-19). Water vapor, by far reader through the complex workings of our climate the largest factor, is covered only by referring the system and outlines the scenarios predicted by the reader to the next chapter, in which water vapor is d covered, but only as a positive feedback to most up-to-date climate models available." While it indee certainly is a guide, its selection o f scenarios is incom- make any warming even more serious. plete, and relies on forecast models that themselves There are two majo r problems with this book. The have not been shown to have any predictive capabil- first is its reliance on proxy records to reconstruct past ity. The book is divided into sections that discuss the weather over the centuries prior to actual meteoro- greenhous e effect and its "causes," logical
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