Climate Crash

Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for our Future

John D. Cox

Joseph Henry Press Washington, D.C.

Joseph Henry Press 500 Fifth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

The Joseph Henry Press, an imprint of the National Academy Press, was created with the goal of making books on science, technology, and health more widely available to professionals and the public. Joseph Henry was one of the founders of the National Academy of Sciences and a leader in early American science.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this volume are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Academy of

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Climate crash : abrupt climate change and what it means for our future / By John D. Cox.

Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-309-09312-0 (cloth) 1. Paleoclimatology. 2. Climatic changes—Environmental aspects. I. Title.

QC884.C69 2002 551.7'9—dc22 2005002387

Cover design by Michele de la Menardiere; photo © Paul Barton/ CORBIS. Copyright 2005 by John D. Cox. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America.

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