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William James Burroughs - Author

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Books by William James Burroughs

Climate Change in Prehistory The End of the Reign of Chaos

Climate Change in Prehistory The End of the Reign of Chaos

Author: William James Burroughs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2008

How did humankind deal with the extreme challenges of the last Ice Age? How have the relatively benign post-Ice Age conditions affected the evolution and spread of humanity across the globe? By setting our genetic history in the context of climate change during prehistory, the origin of many features of our modern world are identified and presented in this illuminating book. It reviews the aspects of our physiology and intellectual development that have been influenced by climatic factors, and how features of our lives - diet, language and the domestication of animals - are also the product of the climate in which we evolved. In short: climate change in prehistory has in many ways made us what we are today. Climate Change in Prehistory weaves together studies of the climate with anthropological, archaeological and historical studies, and will fascinate all those interested in the effects of climate on human development and history.

Climate Change A Multidisciplinary Approach

Climate Change A Multidisciplinary Approach

Author: William James Burroughs Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2007

Providing a concise, up-to-date presentation of current knowledge of climate change and its implications for society as a whole, this new edition has been thoroughly updated and extended to include the latest information. The text describes the components of the global climate, considers how the many elements of climate combine to define its behaviour, and reviews how climate change is measured. The author discusses how the causes of climate change can be related to the evidence of change, and modelled to predict future changes. This book is ideally suited for introductory courses in meteorology, oceanography, environmental science, earth science, geography, agriculture and social science. It contains review questions at the end of each chapter to enable readers to monitor their understanding of the materials covered. This book should appeal to an audience with a keen interest in all aspects of the climate change debate.

Climate Change A Multidisciplinary Approach

Climate Change A Multidisciplinary Approach

Author: William James Burroughs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2007

Providing a concise, up-to-date presentation of current knowledge of climate change and its implications for society as a whole, this new edition has been thoroughly updated and extended to include the latest information. The text describes the components of the global climate, considers how the many elements of climate combine to define its behaviour, and reviews how climate change is measured. The author discusses how the causes of climate change can be related to the evidence of change, and modelled to predict future changes. This book is ideally suited for introductory courses in meteorology, oceanography, environmental science, earth science, geography, agriculture and social science. It contains review questions at the end of each chapter to enable readers to monitor their understanding of the materials covered. This book should appeal to an audience with a keen interest in all aspects of the climate change debate.

Does the Weather Really Matter? The Social Implications of Climate Change

Does the Weather Really Matter? The Social Implications of Climate Change

Author: William James Burroughs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2005

* What has been the real impact of past weather extremes (e.g. cold winters, droughts, floods, heatwaves and hurricanes) on historic events? * Is the frequency and impact of weather extremes changing? * Can we predict how the climate will behave in the future and what will be the consequences of these changes? * Are greater, less predictable changes just around the corner? Bill Burroughs seeks to answer these questions by providing a balanced and accessible analysis of the current debate on climatic change. Combining a historical perspective, economic and political analysis, together with meteorological and climatological explanations of the impact of extreme weather events on all aspects of society, it provides a basis for interpreting what is known about climatic change and the ability to forecast future changes and their economic and political consequences. The book also includes extensive discussions on El Nino. It will be of interest to all those concerned with the future of human society.

Climate Change in Prehistory The End of the Reign of Chaos

Climate Change in Prehistory The End of the Reign of Chaos

Author: William James Burroughs Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/06/2005

How did humankind deal with the extreme challenges of the last Ice Age? How have the relatively benign post-Ice Age conditions affected the evolution and spread of humanity across the globe? By setting our genetic history in the context of climate change during prehistory, the origin of many features of our modern world are identified and presented in this illuminating book. It reviews the aspects of our physiology and intellectual development that have been influenced by climatic factors, and how features of our lives - diet, language and the domestication of animals - are also the product of the climate in which we evolved. In short: climate change in prehistory has in many ways made us what we are today. Climate Change in Prehistory weaves together studies of the climate with anthropological, archaeological and historical studies, and will fascinate all those interested in the effects of climate on human development and history.

Weather Cycles Real or Imaginary?

Weather Cycles Real or Imaginary?

Author: William James Burroughs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/12/2003

This completely updated new edition of Weather Cycles: Real or Imaginary? explores in detail the unresolved debate on the existence of weather cycles. The book examines the competing arguments for observed effects being due to natural variability, solar activity and the Earth's orbital parameters. It provides a different perspective on one of the most difficult questions in the current global warming debate: namely, just how much of the recent temperature rise can be attributed to natural causes? Only by understanding how the climate can change of its own accord, and whether observed shifts are part of a set of predictable patterns, will it be possible to reach a reliable judgement on how much impact human activities are having. This book examines the complex analysis required to assess the evidence for cycles with a minimum of mathematics. This comprehensive and balanced account will appeal to the student and expert alike.

Weather Cycles Real or Imaginary?

Weather Cycles Real or Imaginary?

Author: William James Burroughs Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/12/2003

This completely updated new edition of Weather Cycles: Real or Imaginary? explores in detail the unresolved debate on the existence of weather cycles. The book examines the competing arguments for observed effects being due to natural variability, solar activity and the Earth's orbital parameters. It provides a different perspective on one of the most difficult questions in the current global warming debate: namely, just how much of the recent temperature rise can be attributed to natural causes? Only by understanding how the climate can change of its own accord, and whether observed shifts are part of a set of predictable patterns, will it be possible to reach a reliable judgement on how much impact human activities are having. This book examines the complex analysis required to assess the evidence for cycles with a minimum of mathematics. This comprehensive and balanced account will appeal to the student and expert alike.

Does the Weather Really Matter? The Social Implications of Climate Change

Does the Weather Really Matter? The Social Implications of Climate Change

Author: William James Burroughs Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/09/1997

* What has been the real impact of past weather extremes (e.g. cold winters, droughts, floods, heatwaves and hurricanes) on historic events? * Is the frequency and impact of weather extremes changing? * Can we predict how the climate will behave in the future and what will be the consequences of these changes? * Are greater, less predictable changes just around the corner? Bill Burroughs seeks to answer these questions by providing a balanced and accessible analysis of the current debate on climatic change. Combining a historical perspective, economic and political analysis, together with meteorological and climatological explanations of the impact of extreme weather events on all aspects of society, it provides a basis for interpreting what is known about climatic change and the ability to forecast future changes and their economic and political consequences. The book also includes extensive discussions on El Nino. It will be of interest to all those concerned with the future of human society.

Watching the World's Weather

Watching the World's Weather

Author: William James Burroughs Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/1991

What are hurricanes fuelled by? How are rainfall levels predicted? Can weather forecasts be more accurate? How can we get direct evidence of the dynamics of our atmosphere? Weather satellites have totally altered our perspective of the weather. They have transformed the science of meteorology, weather forecasting and the study of the global climate. This book sets these developments in the context of the essential physics of the weather and reviews the historical development of satellite meteorology. The complexities of the global weather machine on every scale are revealed through spectacular images of satellite photography. At a time of growing concern about the impact of pollution on the global climate, weather satellites will play an increasingly crucial role in monitoring how changes such as the ozone hole and global warming will affect the world's climate. Anyone who is interested in how the weather works now and in the future should buy this book.

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