Just Released! “Energy, Biology, Climate Change”

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Our newest book, published on May 6, 2015 and available at Amazon.com for $19.95.

The focus of this book is the interactions between energy, ecology, and climate change, as well as a few of the responses of humanity to these interactions. It is not a textbook, but a series of chapters discussing subtopics in which the authors were interested and wished to write about. The basic material is cutting-edge science; technical journal articles published within the last year, selected for their relevance and interest. Each author selected eight or so technical papers representing his or her view of the most interesting current research in the field, and wrote summaries of them in a journalistic style that is free of scientific jargon and understandable by lay readers. This is the sort of science writing that you might encounter in the New York Times, but concentrated in a way intended to give as broad an overview of the chapter topics as possible. None of this research will appear in textbooks for a few years, so there are not many ways that readers without access to a university library can get access to this information.

This book is intended be browsed—choose a chapter topic you like and read the individual sections in any order; each is intended to be largely stand-alone. Reading all of them will give you considerable insight into what climate scientists concerned with energy, ecology, and human effects are up to, and the challenges they face in understanding one of the most disruptive—if not very rapid—event in human history; anthropogenic climate change. The Table of Contents follows: Continue reading

Modeling the effects of Urbanization on Local Climates in the Pearl River Delta

by Rebecca Herrera

It has become clear that cities and other urban localities experience warmer temperatures than their rural counterparts. The urban heat islands of megatropolises can have more extreme effects on a specific area than global temperature rises have on the same area. This phenomena was studied by Wang et al. in the Pearl River Delta region of Southern China in the coastal zone of the Guangdong Province, an area that has experienced dramatic economic development over the last thirty years. The authors attempt to gain a more thorough and comprehensive understanding of the effects of urbanization on regional and local climactic indicators over an extended period of time. The results showed an overall average temperature increase, an decrease in daytime temperature ranges, a decrease in near surface water vapor quantities, a decrease in the annual number of precipitation days, an increase in annual precipitation, and a decrease in average wind speeds across urbanized zones. Continue reading