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The Moon in the Nautilus ShellDiscordant Harmonies Reconsidered$
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Daniel Botkin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199913916

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199913916.001.0001

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The Winds of Mauna Loa

The Winds of Mauna Loa

Climate in a Changing World

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(p.244) (p.245) 12 The Winds of Mauna Loa
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The Moon in the Nautilus Shell
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Daniel B. Botkin

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199913916.003.0012

This chapter deals with climate change and its impact on life on Earth. It first considers the limitations of current approaches to global environmental sciences before analyzing global warming from a planetary perspective. It then describes advances in knowledge and understanding of climate change in the past several decades, along with the possible effect of humans on nature and climate change and the potential ecological effects of climate change. It also clarifies what we do and do not know, and how we can improve the way we think about and talk about global environmental problems. Finally, it examines how our ideas about life on a planet have changed since 1990; whether Earth's average surface temperature has risen in modern times; Milutin Milankovitch's insights about climate and climate change; the greenhouse effect and solar cycles; the removal of carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere by the earliest photosynthetic organisms; how the color of earth's surface affects climate and weather; what scientific observations are telling us today about climate change; and alternative ways of thinking about the biosphere.

Keywords:   climate change, global warming, humans, environmental problems, Earth, Milutin Milankovitch, greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide, climate, biosphere

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