Contents

Earth's climate 8

The greenhouse effect 10

The carbon cycle 12

Checks and balances 14

Natural climate change 16

The human impact 18

Burning the forests 20

Fosil fuels 22

Our carbon culture 24

Adding to the problem 26

Heatwaves and droughts 28

Melting ice 30

Warming oceans 32

Oceanic research 34

Living with the heat 36

Plight of the polar bear 38

Predicting future climates 40

The next century

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What scares the scientists? 44

Climate change and society 46

Adapting to climate change 48

Combating climate change 50

Cutting the carbon 52

Nuclear power 54

Renewable energy 56

Power for the people 58

Energy efficiency 60

Green transportation 62

Your carbon footprint 64

Greenhouse gas producers 66 Timeline

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Glossary 72 Index

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