Friday, April 16, 2010

Climate Change -- Past, Present, and Future

PRI Publications is very excited to announce that our newest publication, Climate Change - Past, Present, and Future: A Very Short Guide, will be hitting book shelves on Earth Day, April 22!

Climate change will likely be the major environmental – and perhaps economic and social – issue of the twenty-first century. It is controversial, confusing, and hugely important. Intended for students, teachers, and general readers, this book is a concise, user-friendly handbook that addresses the major features of the science behind this very complex topic. The authors explain – clearly and with a minimum of jargon – the basis for the three central conclusions of modern climate science: that the Earth is warming, that humans are mainly responsible, and that these changes will be extremely challenging for humans to deal with.

“This splendid little guide to understanding climate change has all the key ingredients: the science, how science works, and the implications .... and belongs in every household and every classroom. It should be required reading reference material for a responsible citizenry.”
- Thomas E. Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

Climate Change – Past, Present, and Future: a Very Short Guide, by Warren D. Allmon, Trisha A. Smrecak, and Robert M. Ross. Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York, special publication no. 38, 200 pp., ISBN 978-0-87710-491-9, $15.00 (softcover). Available April 22, 2010. Order online at Museum of the Earth, or email

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