Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198719045

Mark A. Maslin
216 ページ
114 x 173 mm
Very Short Introductions



  • Fully updated for 2014 to include the latest scientific findings on climate change
  • Makes sense of how and why climate change is happening
  • Explains why it is so controversial - a combination of scientific, political, social, and environmental issues
  • Looks at the debates and questions surrounding climate change
  • Examines the proposed solutions and the future of our planet
  • Examines the global policies on climate change as well as local solutions

New to this Edition:

  • Previously titled Global Warming: VSI, but now changed to Climate Change: VSI to reflect developments in the terminology over the past decade
  • Includes the most up to date scientific findings from the 2013 IPCC Fifth Assessment Report
  • Explores the impact of the United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change conference, Rio 20+, and political developments around the world
  • Adds the latest science and politics of geoengineering
  • Looks at the latest social science research about why people do or do not accept the science of climate change

Climate change is still, arguably, the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century. Previously published as Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction, the new edition is now Climate Change: A Very Short introduction, reflecting an important change in the terminology of the last decade. 
In the third edition, Mark Maslin includes crucial updates from the last few years, including the results of the 2013 IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, the effects of ocean acidification, and the impact of changes to global population and health. Exploring all of the key topics in the debate, Maslin makes sense of the complexities climate change involves, from political and social issues to environmental and scientific. Looking at its predicated impacts, he explores all of the controversies, and also explains the various proposed solutions. 


Preface to the third edition
List of illustrations
List of tables

1: What is climate change?
2: The climate change debate
3: Evidence for climate change
4: Modeling future climate
5: Climate change impacts
6: Climate surprises
7: Politics of climate change
8: Solutions
9: Envisioning the future
Further reading


Mark Maslin is Professor of Climatology at University College London. He is currently a Royal Society Industrial Fellow. He was the former Director of the UCL Environment Institute and Head of the Department of Geography. He is science advisor to the Global Precious Commodities PLC, Global Cool Foundation, Climatecom Strategies, Steria, Permian Ltd and Carbon Sense Ltd. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in past global and regional climatic change and has publish over 120 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and Geology. He has also have written eight popular books, over 30 popular articles, and appeared on both radio and television.