About This Book

Global Warming For Dummies is your guide to climate change. We use climate change and global warming interchangeably in this book, though they are slightly different things, as we discuss in Chapter 1. This book gives you the basics so that you can understand the problem, relate it to your daily life, and be inspired to start working on solutions to this complex and important issue.

In this book, we explain the concepts behind global warming clearly and simply by using the latest, most credible science, mainly from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).The IPCC is a team of more than 2,000 scientists who assess peer-reviewed climate change science and compile the assessments into a number of reports. These reports are mainly to inform the politicians and bureaucrats at the United Nations' decision-making table, but anyone looking for detailed scientific information on climate change can read them. The IPCC is the most credible source of climate change information in the world today. (We discuss the IPCC in greater detail in Chapter 11.)

Although this book covers what global warming is and its impact on the world, Global Warming For Dummies isn't just about the science. The book also looks at a wide range of solutions to tackle climate change. We explore everything from the big-picture solutions that governments can implement to a slew of practical, can-do-it-today solutions for you at work, at home, and on the road.

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