The Climate Change Debate
A Reference Handbook
by David E. Newton
April 2020, 344pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7541-0
$63, £47, 55€, A86
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In 2009, 18 scientific associations, including the American Meteorological Society and the American Medical Association, agreed that climate change is happening and human impact is the primary driver.

The Climate Change Debate: A Reference Handbook provides an in-depth look at climate change facts and statistics. It also discusses debate surrounding the scientific consensus.

The Climate Change Debate: A Reference Handbook covers the topic of climate change from the earliest days of planet Earth to the present day.

Chapters One and Two provide a historical background of climate change and a review of current problems, controversies, and solutions. The remainder of the book consists of chapters that aid readers in continuing their own research on the topic, such as an extended annotated bibliography, chronology, glossary, noteworthy individuals and organizations in the field, and important data and documents.

The variety of resources provided, such as further reading, perspective essays about climate change, a historical timeline, and useful terms in the climate change discourse, differentiates this book from others in the field. The book is intended for readers of high school through the community college level, along with adult readers who may be interested in the topic.

Features

  • Provides readers with the basic factual information needed to understand climate change
  • Outlines issues in the field of climate change about which there are differences of opinion among authorities in the field
  • Offers suggestions for ways in which the effects of climate change on the environment and human society can be ameliorated
  • Rounds out the author’s expertise in perspective essays, giving readers a diversity of viewpoints on the topic
David E. Newton holds a BA in chemistry, an MA in education from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in science education from Harvard University. He is author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics, chemistry, and physical science in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for 13 years; was professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College, in Massachusetts, for 15 years; and was adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.

Awards

2021 Choice Outstanding Academic Title—Choice, December 1, 2021

Reviews

"This is a handy source for high school students, undergraduates, and general readers seeking a brief look at the basic concepts, evolution, and contemporary perspectives of climate change."—Library Journal, August 1, 2020

"'This is important reading for all, high school and up. Summing Up: Essential. All readers."—Choice, September 1, 2021

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Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that support statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
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