The Holocene: An Environmental History

The Holocene: An Environmental History In its first edition, The Holocene provided undergraduates with a much needed coherent scientific account of the great transformation of nature that had taken place during the Holocene, the last 10,000 years in the history of the planet and the period in which we are all now living This period has

Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth

Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth In this classic work that continues to inspire its many readers, James Lovelock deftly explains his idea that life on earth functions as a single organism Written for the non scientist, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence with which to support a new and radically

Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History

Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History The air we breathe is twenty one percent oxygen, an amount higher than on any other known world While we may take our air for granted, Earth was not always an oxygenated planet How did it become this way Oxygen is the most current account of the history of atmospheric oxygen on Earth Donald

Paleoclimate

Paleoclimate Earth s climate has undergone dramatic changes over the geologic timescale At one extreme, Earth has been glaciated to the equator for periods that may have lasted millions of years At another, temperatures were once so warm that the Canadian Arctic was heavily forested and large dinosaurs lived

Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate

Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate The atmosphere is critical to climate change It can amplify shifts in the climate system, and also mitigate them This primer offers a short, reader friendly introduction to these atmospheric processes and how they work, written by a leading expert on the subject Giving readers an overview of key

Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction Astrobiology is an exciting new subject, and one, arguably, interdisciplinary than any other Astrobiologists seek to understand the origin and evolution of life on Earth in order to illuminate and guide the search for life on other planets In this Very Short Introduction, David C Catling

Climate and Ecosystems

Climate and Ecosystems How does life on our planet respond to and shape climate This question has never been urgent than it is today, when humans are faced with the daunting task of guiding adaptation to an inexorably changing climate This concise, accessible, and authoritative book provides an unmatched

Climate and the Oceans

Climate and the Oceans The oceans exert a vital moderating influence on the Earth s climate system They provide inertia to the global climate, essentially acting as the pacemaker of climate variability and change, and they provide heat to high latitudes, keeping them habitable Climate and the Oceans offers a short,

The Cryosphere

The Cryosphere The cryosphere encompasses the Earth s snow and ice masses It is a critical part of our planet s climate system, one that is especially at risk from climate change and global warming The Cryosphere provides an essential introduction to the subject, written by one of the world s leading experts in