The rapid warming of the Earth's climate has been a concern for decades. Though many of us understand that temperatures will - on average - rise, the science and the resulting social, economic, and political implications of such a change are far-reaching and complex. This new edition has been completely overhauled, synthesizing the latest information into an easy-to-read reference that provides a fair assessment of climate change, its costs, and even its short-term benefits.
Michael Tennesen, a science and nature writer, has written more than 400 stories in such journals as Smithsonian, Air & Space, Discover, National Wildlife and USA Today. His award-winning article "Expedition to the Clouds" is closely linked to issues of pollution and global warming.