The Encyclopedia of Global Warming Science and Technology
by Bruce E. Johansen
May 2009, 738pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37702-0
$191, £142, 160€, A273
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The vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real and caused by our own actions. Growing concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in our atmosphere have already caused changes. Glaciers are melting, plants and animals are forced from their habitats, “tropical’ diseases like malaria are spreading to higher altitudes, and the number of severe storms and droughts is increasing.

In this two-volume encyclopedia for general readers and students of all levels, Bruce E. Johansen marshals scientific work on global warming into 300 articles presented in clear and understandable language.

Comprehensive in scope and accessible to all reader levels, The Encyclopedia of Global Warming Science and Technology covers a vast range of topics, concepts, issues, processes, and scientists sifted and melded from the many scientific and technological fields. These include atmospheric chemistry, paleoclimatology, biogeography, oceanography, geophysics, glaciology, soil science, and more.

Bruce E. Johansen digests the explosion of scientific work on global warming that has been published since 1980 and presents it in a set that is sure to be the indispensable standard reference work on the topic. The information here is of importance to just about everyone on the planet—for the findings of global warming science and technology should dictate the choices we make today to secure our common future. This encyclopedia will prove useful for many different types of professionals, inasmuch as global warming science informs public policy debates, applied science, and technology in such fields as energy generation, architecture, engineering, and agriculture.

Bruce E. Johansen is Frederick W. Kayser research professor of communication and Native American studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is the author of 26 books, including Praeger's The Global Warming Combat Manual: Solutions for a Sustainable World, Global Warming in the 21st Century, and The Dirty Dozen: Toxic Chemicals and the Earth's Future, and Greenwood's Global Warming 101, Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Issues, and The Global Warming Desk Reference. Johansen regularly contributes articles on environmental issues to such national periodicals as the Nation, the Progressive, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic Monthly.


". . . a timely and essential addition to both academic and community library Environmental Studies reference book collections. A fully updated body of work, Professor Johansen's exhaustive compendium organizes the informed and informative text under 300 headings and covers an impressive range of global warming related topics, concepts, issues, processes and scientists. . . . the text is as 'reader friendly' as it is up-to-date. . . . The Encyclopedia Of Global Warming Science And Technology is highly recommended as a contemporary informational resource for both academia and non-specialist general readers with an interest in Global Warming issues."—Midwest Book Review, July 11, 2009

"In his new effort, Johansen skillfully examines the tremendous impact that climate change has had on the shape of our lives... The one to five page entries are well written and easy-to-understand, clearly identifying the major gurus in the field and following both the scientific and the popular debate since the 1980s. ...This would be of great value to high school, public, and university libraries. It is probably the only reference book to date that focuses on science and technology rather than on public policy."—Library Journal, September 1, 2009

"As the largest contributor to global warming, America must step up its efforts to decrease the damage to the environment. This will continue as one of the hottest issues (pun intended) on our planet for the next century. One of the first steps we can take in our libraries will be the provision of information. And to our rescue, Greenwood nobly enters with this Encyclopedia. With 300+ entries under the leadership of a renowned researcher, Bruce E. Johansen presents a complete resource including a substantial bibliography. This reference title provides something for everyone, from the curious to the dedicated scholar, and should be in all public, high school, and academic libraries."—Further Developments, Ingram Library Services, June 1, 2009

"This two-volume reference for general readers and students in high school and up contains about 300 alphabetical entries explaining scientific work on global warming that has been published since 1980. Entries cover concepts, issues, processes, and key scientific and political figures, and reflect research from disciplines including atmospheric chemistry, paleoclimatology, oceanography, soil science, and geophysics. Some topics discussed include hydrogen fuel cells, the methane ‘burp’ hypothesis, Christianity and global warming, shoreline retreat, and the skiing industry and icemelt. Readers can find what they’re looking for with an alphabetical list of entries, a list of entries grouped by topics, and an index. The bibliography cites about 2,000 references, including newspaper articles, web sites, government reports, articles in scientific journals, and books for numerous fields. B&w photos are included." —SciTech Book News, September 1, 2009

"This easy-to-read, two-volume encyclopedia covers a wide range of topics, which include atmospheric chemistry, oceanography, glaciology, and much more. . . . Although the topic of global warming is huge and can never be covered completely with the constant changes in research and opinions, this accessible set is a good place to start. This reference source is recommended for high school libraries, public libraries, and academic libraries."—ARBAonline, September 1, 2009

"Research in global warming has increased dramatically during the past decade, which makes The Encyclopedia of Global Warming Science and Technology a timely addition to the reference shelf. ...Not overly technical despite its focus on science and technology, The Encyclopedia of Global Warming Science and Technology would be a welcome addition to public and academic libraries."—Booklist, October 15, 2009

"Well written and easy to read, 300 entries cover a wide range of topics. . . . Laypersons and students from a variety of disciplines will benefit from this much-needed resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."—Choice, November 1, 2009

"In keeping with his goal of making these issues understandable to the general public, his heavily documented entries avoid citing technical publications. Instead the majority of his suggestions for further reading are usually drawn from mainstream media or general science publications like Nature and Science. The scope of this investigation is world-wide, but climatically sensitive areas like the oceans, polar caps and mountain regions get extra attention. The distortions of the public debate, politics and international diplomacy of global warming also are described. So too are many potential solutions for correcting human contributions to climatic change. The result is a highly accessible review of perhaps the key issue of our lifetime and succeeding generations. This set is recommended for academic and public libraries."—Lawrence Looks at Books, October 28, 2009

"The work is appropriate for high school libraries, public libraries, and academic libraries servicing undergraduate nonspecialists."—Reference & User Services Quarterly, April 1, 2010

"...would be a useful acquisition for public and academic libraries."—Catholic Library World, June 1, 2010
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