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Climate Change
  • Authored by: Timothy Kusky, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: The Hazardous Earth
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816064660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6466-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $39.50
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 11/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 551
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 176


The Earth has experienced many episodes of dramatic climate change over the years. Scientists warn that the planet is currently becoming warmer at a rapid pace and there will be significant consequences for the people and ecosystems. How humans respond to global warming is crucial for their survival amid the growing threat of moving coastal cities, migrating crop belts, changing climate zones, and varying river conditions. A thorough examination of the climate history of the past million years may help predict and alter the course for the future.

Climate Change examines different aspects of this topic, including the causes of climate change on different time scales, the human-induced climate changes over the past 200 years, and the effect that climate change has on the environment. From expanding deserts to droughts and desertification to melting ice caps, this comprehensive new resource provides an in-depth look at these global concerns. Climate Change discusses the past and present-day desert and glacial climate zones on the Earth and offers a glimpse into the future. Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, a glossary, tables, and further reading round out this accessible book.

Chapters include:

  • Natural Long-Term Climate Change
  • Natural Medium and Short-Term Climate Change
  • Human-Induced Climate Changes
  • Global Climate Changes That Lead to Droughts and Desert Formation
  • Examples of Expanding Deserts and Drought Disasters
  • Shrinking Glaciers
  • Past, Present, and Future: Prediction and Mitigation of Future Climate Change.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendix. Glossary. Further reading. Web sites. Sidebars. Tables.

About the Author(s)

Timothy Kusky holds a Ph.D. degree in Earth and planetary sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and is the Paul C. Reinert Professor of Natural Sciences at Saint Louis University in Missouri and the director of the Center for Environmental Sciences in St. Louis. He has published more than 600 research papers and articles in journals such as Science, Journal of Geophysical Research, and Tectonics, and more than 20 books including Geological Hazards. Kusky is also the author of Facts On File's acclaimed Encyclopedia of Earth Science.

Reviews and Awards

"This detailed, concise work covers the many interrelated aspects of the phenomenon clearly...exceptionally easy to understand."

School Library Journal

"...everything you wanted to know and much more...highly recommend[ed]...The rich and abundant details can enrich core content and will fascinate those who want to learn more."

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