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This post is a list of books since 2005 (in reverse chronological
order) that we have been involved in, accompanied by the publisher's
official description, and some comments of independent reviewers of the
work. We will try and keep this list up to date as and when new books
appear. We have also added links to the sidebar with the latest
- Climate Change: Picturing the Science. Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe, W.W. Norton (2009)
- The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate. David Archer, Princeton University Press (2009)
- Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming Michael Mann and Lee Kump, DK/Pearson (2008)
- Wie bedroht sind die Ozeane? Stefan Rahmstorf and K. Richardson (2007, in German; English version forthcoming fall 2008)
- Global warming: Understanding the Forecast, David Archer (2006)
- Der Klimawandel Diagnose, Prognose, Therapie, Stefan Rahmstorf and H. J. Schellnhuber (2006, in German, Korean, Vietnamese; Arabic version forthcoming)
- Solar Activity and Earth's Climate, Rasmus Benestad (2006, 2nd Edition)
- Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary, Ray Bradley (2005, 2nd Edition)
- Understanding Climate Change: The Unofficial Guide to the IPCC Fourth Scientific Assessment. David Archer and Stefan Rahmstorf, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Principles of Planetary Climate, Ray Pierrehumbert. (Cambridge University Press, 2010) (Online draft version)
Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary, Ray Bradley, (Academic Press, 2nd edition, 2005, originally published in 1999).
Raymond S. Bradley provides his readers with a comprehensive and
up-to-date review of all of the important methods used in paleoclimatic
reconstruction, dating and paleoclimate modeling. Two comprehensive
chapters on dating methods provide the foundation for all paleoclimatic
studies and are followed by up-to-date coverage of ice core research,
continental geological and biological records, pollen analysis,
radiocarbon dating, tree rings and historical records. New methods
using alkenones in marine sediments and coral studies are also
described. Paleoclimatology, Second Edition, is an essential textbook
for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students studying
climatology, paleoclimatology and paleoceanography worldwide, as well
as a valuable reference for lecturers and researchers, appealing to
archaeologists and scientists interested in environmental change.
Paleoclimatology is a definite "must-have" for anyone working in
climate studies and highly recommended for anyone seriously interested
in our climate.
William R. Green, The Leading Edge
This thorough, well referenced text will prove to be indispensable
to anyone involved in the study of past and current climate change and
The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate
, David Archer (Princeton University Press, 2009).
If you think that global warming means slightly hotter weather and a
modest rise in sea levels that will persist only so long as fossil
fuels hold out (or until we decide to stop burning them), think again.
In The Long Thaw, David Archer, one of the world's leading
climatologists, predicts that if we continue to emit carbon dioxide we
may eventually cancel the next ice age and raise the oceans by 50
meters. By comparing the global warming projection for the next century
to natural climate changes of the distant past, and then looking into
the future far beyond the usual scientific and political horizon of the
year 2100, Archer reveals the hard truths of the long-term climate
Archer shows how just a few centuries of fossil-fuel use will cause
not only a climate storm that will last a few hundred years, but
dramatic climate changes that will last thousands. Carbon dioxide
emitted today will be a problem for millennia. For the first time,
humans have become major players in shaping the long-term climate. In
fact, a planetwide thaw driven by humans has already begun. But despite
the seriousness of the situation, Archer argues that it is still not
too late to avert dangerous climate change–if humans can find a way to
cooperate as never before.
Revealing why carbon dioxide may be an even worse gamble in the long
run than in the short, this compelling and critically important book
brings the best long-term climate science to a general audience for the
In this short book, David Archer gives us the latest on climate
change research, and skillfully tells the climate story that he helped
to discover: generations beyond our grandchildren's grandchildren will
inherit atmospheric changes and an altered climate as a result of our
current decisions about fossil-fuel burning. Not only are massive
climate changes coming if we humans continue on our current path, but
many of these changes will last for millennia. To make predictions
about the future, we rely on research into the deep past, and Archer is
at the forefront of this field: paleoclimatology. This is the book for
anyone who wishes to really understand what cutting-edge science tells
us about the effects we are having, and will have, on our future
Richard B. Alley, Penn State University
This is the best book about carbon dioxide and climate change that I have read. David Archer knows what he is talking about
James Hansen, NASA
Books on climate change tend to focus on what is expected to happen
this century, which will certainly be large, but they often neglect the
even larger changes expected to take place over many centuries. The Long Thaw
looks at climate effects beyond the twenty-first century, and its focus
on the long-term carbon cycle, rather than just climate change, is
Jeffrey T. Kiehl, NCAR
A great book. What sets it apart is that it expands the discussion
of the impacts of global warming beyond the next century and
convincingly describes the effects that are projected for the next few
thousand years. What also sets it apart is how deeply it takes general
readers into the scientific issues of global warming by using
straightforward explanations of often complex ideas.
Peter J. Fawcett, University of New Mexico
Global warming: Understanding the Forecast, David Archer (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006).
Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast is a comprehensive
introduction to all aspects of global warming. Written in an accessible
way, this important book examines the processes of climate change and
climate stability, from the distant past to the distant future.
Examining the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, and what the future
may hold for global climate, this text draws from a wide range of
disciplines, and not only summarizes scientific evidence, but also
economic and policy issues, related to global warming. A companion
website provides access to interactive computer models of the physics
and chemistry behind the global warming forecast, which can be used to
support suggested student projects included at the end of each chapter.
Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast provides an essential
introduction to this vital issue for both students and general readers,
with or without a science background.
Rigorous but rewarding, David Archer's book takes us through the
science of global warming so that we can more effectively assess where
the world may be heading.
Andrew S. Goudie, University of Oxford
David Archer's book is an accessible, entertaining, but detailed
account of how scientists are trying to predict future climate change.
It is an excellent book and should be the first port of call for anyone
wanting to delve deeper into exactly what goes into those global
Mark Maslin, University College London, author of Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction
This is a wonderful book. Between the covers of a surprisingly slim
paperback, David Archer has distilled nearly everything a concerned
undergraduate student could wish to know about the workings of the
climate system…overall, this book perfectly hits its target audience.
Keith Alverson, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Environmental Conservation
Solar Activity and Earth's Climate, Rasmus Benestad, (Praxis-Springer, 2006, 2nd Edition, originally published 2002)
The main purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to the subject
of solar activity and the connection with Earth's climate. It commences
with a brief review of the historical progress on the understanding of
the solar-terrestrial connection and moves on to an objective scrutiny
of the various hypothesis. The text focuses on how knowledge about the
solar cycle and Earth's climate is obtained. It includes discussion of
observations, methods and the physics involved, with the necessary
statistics and analysis also provided, including an examination of
empirical relations between sunspots and the Earth's climate. The
author reviews plausible physical mechanisms involved in any links
between the solar cycle and the Earth's climate, emphasizing the use of
established scientific methods for testing hypothesized relationships.
Der Klimawandel Diagnose, Prognose, Therapie, S. Rahmstorf and H. J. Schellnhuber (2006) (in German, English version forthcoming fall 2008)
"In dem Buch "Klimawandel" in der Reihe "Wissen" des C.H. Beck
Verlages melden sich zwei ausgewiesene Fachleute zu Wort: Hans-Joachim
Schellnhuber ist Gründer und Direktor des Potsdam-Instituts für
Klimafolgenforschung und Professor für Theoretische Physik an der
Universität Potsdam. Stefan Rahmstorf forscht am Potsdam-Institut für
Klimafolgenforschung und ist Professor für Physik der Ozeane an der
Universität Potsdam. Auf 144 Seiten geht es einmal quer durch das
Fachgebiet, das die Autoren in fünf Abschnitte aufgeteilt haben: Die
Klimageschichte der Erde; die derzeitige globale Erwärmung und ihre
Ursachen, die Folgen des Klimawandels; die öffentliche Diskussion um
den Klimawandel und schließlich die möglichen Lösungswege. Viele ihrer
Aussagen und Analysen zum Klimawandel sind bekannt - doch man hat sie
selten so kompakt, übersichtlich und kompetent auf so wenig Raum
Susanne Billig, Deutschlandradio Kultur, 23. März 2006
"Stefan Rahmstorf und Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber haben ein Buch
geschrieben, das einen hervorragenden Überblick über Erforschung,
Folgen und Lösungsmöglichkeiten des Klimaproblems gibt."
RBB-Inforadio, 8. April 2006
Wie bedroht sind die Ozeane?, Stefan Rahmstorf and K. Richardson, (Fischer 2007, in German, Korean, Vietnamese; Arabic forthcoming)
Die Meere sind eine Grundlage unseres Lebens — sie regulieren unser
Klima und sind ein wichtiger Nahrungslieferant. Doch wir zerstören sie
durch globale Erwärmung, Überfischung und Verschmutzung. Das wird
verheerende Folgen haben, wenn wir nicht rasch umdenken und handeln.
Dieser Band zeigt Ansätze auf, wie wir unsere ozeanischen Ökosysteme
wirkungsvoll schützen können.
Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming Michael Mann and Lee Kump, (2008).
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has
been issuing the essential facts and figures on climate change for
nearly two decades. But the hundreds of pages of scientific evidence
quoted for accuracy by the media and scientists alike, remain
inscrutable to the general public who may still question the validity
of climate change.
Esteemed climate scientists Michael E. Mann and Lee R. Kump, have
partnered with DK Publishing to present Dire Predictions–an important
book in this time of global need. Dire Predictions presents the
information documented by the IPCC in an illustrated,
visually-stunning, and undeniably powerful way to the lay reader. The
scientific findings that provide validity to the implications of
climate change are presented in clear-cut graphic elements, striking
images, and understandable analogies.
Readers will be able to understand the IPCC reports' key concepts
such as scientific uncertainty. They will also learn how to build a
climate model and use it to predict future climates. Geoforensics is
presented as a way to learn from the past by piecing together clues
from prior climates.
Here's a powerful, straight-forward guide to how scientists,
economists, and engineers really understand the problem of global
warming. It makes 20 years of research and consensus-building
completely accessible to anyone who cares to know the truth–and to do
something about it.
Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature"
With its eye-grabbing graphics and reader-friendly prose, "Dire
Predictions" walks us through the findings of the world's leading
climate scientists - and places the ultimately responsibility for the
human future directly at our feet.
Ross Gelbspan, author of "The Heat Is On" and "Boiling Point"
Dire Predictions is a must read for anyone who wants the straight
facts on global warming. It cuts to the heart of the massive 2007 IPCC
report, presenting major scientific findings in easy to understand
language and graphics. Written by two of the scientific community's
most thoughtful researchers, Dire Predictions' unbiased message about
global warming arrives at a time when people need it most!
Dr. Heidi Cullen, Climate Expert at "The Weather Channel"
Climate Change: Picturing the science. Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe, W. W. Norton, April 2009
“Climate Change: Picturing the Science is a tour de force of public
education. It is simply the best available collection of essays by
climate scientists on the nature of human-induced climate change, the
ways scientists have come to understand and measure the risks that it
poses, and the options that we face….The editors, climatologist Gavin
Schmidt and photographer Joshua Wolfe, have produced a collection of
essays of uniformly outstanding quality, supported by photographs of
beauty and insight.”
-Jeffrey D. Sachs
Director, Earth Institute at
An unprecedented union of scientific analysis and stunning photography
illustrating the effects of climate change on the global ecosystem.
In this groundbreaking book, to be published by W.W. Norton &
Company in April 2009 NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt and
photographer Joshua Wolfe illustrate as never before the ramifications
of shifting weather patterns for human society. Photographic spreads
show us retreating glaciers, sinking villages in Alaska’s tundra,
drying lakes. The text follows adventurous scientists through the ice
caps at the poles to the coral reefs of the tropical seas. Marshalling
data spanning centuries and continents, the book affirms the headlines
with cutting-edge research and visual records, including contributions
from experts on atmospheric science, oceanography, paleoclimatology,
technology, politics, and the polar regions.