Global Warming by Brian C. Black Ph.D.
(Historical Guides to Controversial Issues in America)

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Global Warming takes one of the hot-button issues of our time and surveys it in historical context, creating an intellectual portrait of the multi-century shifts in thinking that have led to gradual acceptance of the concept. The book summarizes pertinent aspects of geology, earth science, and climate science in easy-to-read terms. It then frames this background in terms of cultural and social shifts, including the Industrial Revolution, conspicuous consumption, and modern environmentalism. In addition, a study of the ebb and flow of cultural and political reception relates the issue to religious and social ideas.

The information presented here will enable the reader to understand the scientific case stating that human activity has caused an unprecedented warming in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Technical and political objections to this thesis are also covered, so that readers may form their own opinions on this critical subject.


About Brian C. Black Ph.D.

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Brian C. Black is head of the Division of Arts and Humanities and professor of history and environmental studies at Penn State Altoona.
Published June 2, 2010 by Greenwood. 188 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Computers & Technology.

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National Review Online

They say NOAA collects no temperature data at all from Bolivia -- a high-altitude, landlocked country -- but instead “interpolates” or assigns temperature values for that country based on data from “nearby” temperature stations located at lower elevations in Peru, or in the Amazon basin.

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