Global Climate Change: A Primer
Global Climate Change: A Primer

by Orrin H. Pilkey, Keith C. Pilkey, and Mary Edna Fraser
Duke University Press, 2011

Our Expanding Oceans is a traveling exhibit available March 2012 which corresponds to the book, Global Climate Change: A Primer.

Media coverage:

The art of climate change, by Leslie Katz, CNET News

Global Climate Change: A Primer, by Bryan Walker, Hot Topic: Global warming and the future of New Zealand

Authors present climate change argument, by Deirdre Parker Smith, Salisbury Post, NC

Not Just For Dorm Rooms: Batik Hangings Show Eco Catastrophes, by John Pavlus, FastCo Designs

Expanding Oceans: Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser, by Julia Whitty, Deep Blue Home Blog

Rising Oceans, a Story in Batik, by Julia Whitty, Mother Jones

Duke professor Orrin Pilkey takes on the deniers in Global Climate Change: A Primer, by Gerry Canavan, Indy Week

Hurricane’s ashore, by Ashley Yeager, Duke Research Blog

Beam Me Up: The ubiquity of aerial imaging elevates our view of life, Trend Central

“This timely, informative book is exactly what the public needs to understand the ongoing disruption of the earth’s climate. Orrin H. and Keith C. Pilkey present an excellent summary of what we know, and what we don’t know, about the planet’s climate. They also provide a superb overview of a huge campaign underwritten by corporate dollars and intended to confuse the public and manufacture doubt about climate issues.”—Brent Blackwelder, President Emeritus, Friends of the Earth

An internationally recognized expert on the geology of barrier islands, Orrin H. Pilkey is one of the rare academics who engages in public advocacy about science-related issues. He has written dozens of books and articles explaining coastal processes to lay readers, and he is a frequent and outspoken interviewee in the mainstream media. Here, the colorful scientist takes on climate change deniers in an outstanding and much-needed primer on the science of global change and its effects.

After explaining the greenhouse effect, Pilkey, writing with son Keith, turns to the damage it is causing: sea level rise, ocean acidification, glacier and sea ice melting, changing habitats, desertification, and the threats to animals, humans, coral reefs, marshes, and mangroves. These explanations are accompanied by Mary Edna Fraser’s stunning batiks depicting the large-scale arenas in which climate change plays out.

The Pilkeys directly confront and rebut arguments typically advanced by global change deniers. Particularly valuable are their discussions of “Climategate,” a manufactured scandal that undermined respect for the scientific community, and the denial campaigns by the fossil fuel industry, which they compare to the tactics used by the tobacco companies a generation ago to obfuscate findings on the harm caused by cigarettes.

160 pp., 37 color illustrations
$19.95 trade paperback ● ISBN: 978-0-8223-5109-2
$69.95 library cloth ● ISBN: 978-0-8223-5095-8
Publication Date: August 15, 2011
Publicity Contact: Laura Sell
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