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Volume 22 Issue 03

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Volume 22, No. 3
Pages 270 - 271

BOOK REVIEW • Global Warming: The Complete Briefing (Fourth Edition)

James P.M. Syvitski
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Most geoscientists today have the unenviable task of elucidating the reasons and consequences of global warming to the highly interested public. This task is a direct result of the nature and magnitude of the global warming problem, and is made difficult for conscientious scientists because the popular press often engineers debate between experts who truly understand the science of climate change and others whose negative discourse expresses beliefs or fears based on religion, politics, or commerce. This unprecedented connection to the public goes well beyond the scientific leaders of the related major research programs: the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme, the International Human Dimensions Programme, the World Climate Research Program, and Diversitas, which deals with the study of species diversity. Yet, few in the scientific community truly understand the nuances involved in crafting the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Syvitski, J.P.M. 2009. Review of Global Warming: The Complete Briefing (Fourth Edition), by J.T. Houghton. Oceanography 22(3):270–271, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.90.