A Global Warming Primer

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Is human-induced global warming a real threat to our future? Most people will express an opinion on this question, but relatively few can back their opinions with solid evidence. This is true on both sides, as most “believers” are no better able to explain the scientific case for global warming than “skeptics” are able to make a case against it. Many times we’ve even heard politicians and media pundits say “I am not a scientist” to avoid the issue altogether. But the truth is, the basic science is not that difficult. Nor is it difficult to understand the key issues debated by skeptics, the expected consequences of global warming, or the clear, “win-win” solutions to the problem. Using a question and answer format, this book will help readers achieve three major goals: 1. To see that anyone can understand the basic science of global warming. 2. To understand the arguments about this issue made by skeptics, so that readers will be able to decide for themselves what to believe. 3. To understand why, despite the “gloom and doom” that often surrounds this topic, the solutions are ones that will not only protect the world for our children and grandchildren, but that will actually lead us to a stronger economy with energy that is cheaper, cleaner, and more abundant than the energy we use today.


Jeffrey Bennett has been teaching and writing about global warming for more than 30 years. He holds a B.A. in Biophysics (University of California, San Diego) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics (University of Colorado). He is the lead author of college textbooks in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics that together have sold more than 1 million copies, and of critically acclaimed books for the general public including Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008/2011), Math for Life (Big Kid Science 2014), What is Relativity? (Columbia University Press, 2014), and On Teaching Science (Big Kid Science 2014). His six books for children have all been selected for launch to the International Space Station for NASA’s new “Story Time From Space” program; along with one previous book of his that went into space, this makes him the only author ever to have had SEVEN books launched into orbit. Dr. Bennett has received numerous awards for his teaching and writing, including the prestigious American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award. His personal web site is www.jeffreybennett.com.