Global Warming and Climate Change


Prof. M.k. Ghosh Roy


Medtech Publishers

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Medtech Publishers

Publication Year 2018


ISBN-10 9384007730

Paper Back

Edition First
Number of Pages 395 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 24x18x1.5
Weight (grms) 444

In the industrial age, the atmosphere has been polluted by certain gases called Green House Gases (GHG). These gases allow the solar radiation of shorter wavelength to pass through downwards through the atmosphere heating the earth surface; but GHG do not allow the infrared radiation of longer wavelength emanated by the earth to pass through. Resultantly, the captured heat warms up the earth and the atmosphere. This phenomenon of warming is similar to induced heating in the horticultural Greenhouse where the heat is entrapped inside the glass walls of greenhouse. Thus the polluting gases in the atmosphere are called Green House Gases (GHG). The principal GHGs are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), CFC (Chlorofluorocarbon) and nitrous oxide (N2O) etc.

Generally speaking, global temperature rise should affect the quality of rainfall, duration of rainfall and timing of rainfall, upsetting agricultural production schedule and even productivity, glacial melting and rise of sea level, occurrence of storm and possibly other geological and meteorological phenomena. But the effect of the global warming will not be uniform, some countries will have more rainfall and other countries will suffer from intense aridity and long-term fear of desertification.  Most of the nations will be losers in one way or the other and therefore the potential loser nations will wish to prevent global warming, which can be achieved mainly by reduction of emission of GHG.

In Part I, we introduce the fundamentals of the Climatic Science and Climatology. In Part II, we have highlighted the IPCC studies of anthropogenic global warming and climate change in some details. The Part III of the book studies the economics of climate change at basic level and the associated sociological impacts.

Climate change is a subject of global concern and hence will be of interest to a wider readership of policy makers, sociological and political professionals, scientists, economists, and students, researchers and teachers of universities and academic institutions. Though the book is not specifically designed for a university course, graduate students will find it highly useful for all environment science and sustainability programmes.

This book may serve as a sequel to author's two earlier books Renewable Energy and Water Resources – Strategic Overview for Global Sustainability of this publisher. There are two other books of this author on relevant subjects Sustainable Development – Environment, Energy and Water Resources (Ane Books, New Delhi/CRC Press US) and Green World Green Energy (Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi). The readers may find all of them as useful and relevant reading.

Prof. M.k. Ghosh Roy

Prof. M.K. Ghosh Roy obtained a B. Tech. (Hons) in Naval Architecture from IIT, Kharagpur and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Bombay University. He served in senior position in ship building industry till he was invited to become a Senior Professor at IIT Madras on his contribution of considerable research work, in India and abroad. The call of social responsibility weighed heavily on him and he eventually switched over to Environmental and other social Sciences in the last two decades. He is the author of several books, Sustainable Development Environment, Energy and Water Resources; Green World Green Energy- A Search for a New Way of Living; Renewable Energy; Water Resources- Strategic Overview for Global Sustainability; Global Warming and Climate Change. Till recently he was the President of NGO Millennium Institute of Energy and Environment Management, an NGO in Kolkata; he also acted as the Chief Editor of Journal Green Earth of the same NGO.
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