Earth's Changing Climate : The Great Courses: Earth Sciences

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Richard Wolfson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Earth Sciences
  • 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change-representing a global consensus of hundreds of scientists-concluded that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal," citing observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level.
And they noted that human activity is "very likely" the cause. Whatever your views on climate change, it's important to understand how the current scientific consensus on global warming evolved out of basic physical principles and a broad range of observations.
This lucid series of twelve lectures is designed to do exactly that-reviewing the most up-to-date research and explaining the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is indeed warming and that we humans are in great part responsible.
In clear and accessible lectures designed for nonscientists, you'll learn about the "fingerprints" of global climate change-ranging from borehole temperatures to melting glaciers to the altered behavior of plant and animal species and other indicators-that convince scientists that our Earth has been warming at an unprecedented rate in recent decades. The lectures address only scientific issues and make no policy recommendations. Instead, they have been designed to serve as your personal scientific briefing to equip you to engage knowledgeably in one of the most important environmental issues of our time.

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Weather is day to day, climate is long term.

I finally have more knowledge to fight back with climate change deniers thanks to Prof. Richard Wolfson.

These 12 half hour courses are fairly easy to understand, (some of it I know I will forget) and show the various reasons scientists have concluded that man since the industrial revolution has been upsetting the balance of the ozone layer which helps maintain our climate.


The 12 Lectures are:

1 Is Earth Warming?

2Butterflies, Glaciers, and Hurricanes

3Ice Ages and Beyond

4In the Greenhouse

5A Tale of Three Planets

6Global Recycling

7The Human Factor

8Computing the Future

9Impacts of Climate Change

10Energy and Climate

11Energy—Resources and Alternatives

12Sustainable Futures?

What I liked about the classes and this professor (from Middlebury College) is that he stayed away from the politics of the issues and relied on the facts. He also said he believed that mankind could survive climate change because it was happening slowly enough that we would adapt. However, if we stopped relying on fossil fuels for our main source of energy we could stabilize the climate around 2100. At this point, that is the best we can do. The earth will not be the same as now but we should be able to survive in this warmer world.

I recommend this course for anyone interested in the science of climate change and wanting to learn. The audible course does not have his charts or maps but with a little google searching you can find the majority at NASA or the EPA.

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- Kristi Richardson

Needs Reference material

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I read the disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase. This was incorrect. Unfortunately, Professor Wolfson felt differently. He constantly refers the listener to accompany graphs, charts and maps. Additional reference material via a link on Audible should have been provided. Many other books have given Audible customers proper materials to clarify the scientific matter and optimize the listener experience. . .


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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses