Summary of What We Know About Climate Change

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MIT professor Kerry Emanuel, a climate scientist, calls man-made global warming “perhaps the most consequential problem ever confronted by mankind.” In this primer, Emanuel details the science underlying the causes and impact of global warming. He explains why warming is taking place and discusses options for mitigating its impact. This 2012 update of Emanuel’s 2006 book provides more recent information about current scientific findings. getAbstract recommends his analysis to anyone who wants to stay informed on this vital topic.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the causes of global warming are,
  • What factors contribute to climate change,
  • What its possible consequences might be and
  • What society can do to address the problem.

About the Author

Kerry Emanuel, professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science at MIT, studies moist convection in the atmosphere and tropical cyclones.



Climate Change
Most climate scientists believe that greenhouse gases, which help foment global warming, have increased due to human activity. They believe that the planet’s increasing temperatures have potentially catastrophic consequences. Climate scientists who hold these conclusions...

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    John Brantley 5 years ago
    Bias is political. It is not our greatest threat to humanity. It is academically written but in the way one massages the data to support ones thesis. It does not compare to other times in global history when high levels of green house gasses were also generated without any assistance from humanity. In their own worlds there are a dozen contributing factors and only one is the small slice that human-made gases adversely affect the total situation. It is good to read what know what MIT is producing.

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