This book is intended to introduce the reader to examples of the range of practical problems posed by "Global Warming". It includes 11 chapters split into 5 sections. Section 1 outlines the recent changes in the Indian Monsoon, the importance of greenhouse gases to life, and the relative importance of changes in solar radiation in causing the changes.
What should you know about science? Because science is so central
to life in the 21st century, science educators believe that it is essential
that everyone understand the basic foundations of the most vital and
far-reaching scientiﬁc disciplines. Earth Science and Human History 101
helps you reach that goal—this series provides readers of all abilities
with an accessible summary of the ideas, people, and impacts of major
ﬁelds of scientiﬁc research.
In the long term, the earth must shed energy into space at the same rate at
which it absorbs energy from the sun. Solar energy arrives in the form of shortwavelength
radiation. Some of this radiation is reflected away by the earth's
surface and atmosphere. Most of it, however, passes straight through the
atmosphere to warm the earth's surface. The earth gets rid of this energy
(sends it back out into space) in the form of long wavelength, infra-red