Monday, June 16, 2008

Climate change made understandable

There's lots about climate change that's confusing to those of us who aren't climatologists. What is climate, what is weather, and how do they interact? What are the prime causes of climate change, how well do we understand them, and which causes are more important? What will climate change mean to me?

I happened to discover Reports to the Nation: Our Changing Climate, written by Professor Dennis Hartmann, interim dean of the new University of Washington College of the Environment, and I thought some of you might find it useful, too. While it was published in 1997, it seems to explain many of the key factors. Certainly more up-to-date reports can help, but this one seems both good and easy to read.

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