Thoughts of a Scientist, Citizen, and Grandpa on Climate Change: Bridging the Gap between Scientific and Public Opinion, 2nd Edition (May 2012)
by Eric P. Grimsrud
The purpose of this book is to provide the public with an improved understanding of the global warming problem that is presently facing our country and the entire world. Emphasis is placed on both the scientific aspects of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and its enormous economic and social implications.
The first portions of the book describe the natural atmosphere of the Earth and the ease with which man can affects its contents. Later chapters describe the reasons why we believe that global warming is occurring and why we believe that man is a major contributor. Another chapter provides the lessons we previously learned from another nearly catastrophic atmospheric problem. Another describes the type of leadership that will be needed in order to effectively address the AGW problem. Another describeds why it is so difficult for us to face this problem. The last two chapters describe what must be done if we expect to adequately address the problem.
This book seeks to facilitate public deliberations concerning all aspects of the AGW debate - from "is it really occurring" to "what must we do to solve it" — by providing a readily understandable summary of both the scientific and public views on this subject and attempting to bridge the gaps that presently exist between them.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Man's Effects on the Earth's Atmosphere
Chapter 2: The Ice Ages and Global Warming
Chapter 3: Searching for a Flaw in the Theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming
Chapter 4: Are Scientists Really Divided on Anthropogenic Global Warming?
Chapter 5: Lessons of the Chlorofluorocarbon/Stratospheric Ozone Controversy
Chapter 6: Musings of Carl Sagan on the Survival of Intelligent Forms of Life
Chapter 7: Churchillian Leadership Needed for the Next Decade
Chapter 8: Getting Past the Forces of Denial
Chapter 9: So What's Ahead for Us?
Chapter 10: The Best and Obvious Energy Policy
Definition of Terms and Acronyms