In The Hot Seat: Review Of "The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing The Climate And What It Means For Life On Earth" By T. Flannery

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The author is sparing but effective in his use of graphs, charts, diagrams and photos to walk readers through the complex story that features what we now know about ice ages, orbital variations, sunspots and various greenhouse gasses affecting the "great aerial ocean" (a phrase coined by the English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace). The existence of positive feedback loops in the earth's climate system-where, for example, heat already generated by CO2 emissions may turn soil from a storehouse of carbon to a new carbon emitter-make forecasts for habitat and food supply for many of the earth's species frightening.