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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Wallace S. Broecker  

Pen Name: W.S. Broecker

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: November 29, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois

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Broecker was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Wheaton College.

Biographical and Professional Information

Broecker is a geophysicist and professor. He has been the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences since 1977.


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Titles At Your Library

Chemical Oceanography
ISBN: 0155064371

Harcourt Publishers Ltd. 1974

Carbon Cycle and Atmospheric CO2: Natural Variations, Archean to Present (Geophysical Monograph 32)
ISBN: 0875900607

American Geophysical Union. 1991

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 32.

Readers of this book will generally fit into two groups. One group is geologists and geochemists, who have studied the global carbon cycle for many decades. These readers will find that the papers in this book present a new view of familiar themes. Whereas much previous work on the carbon cycle, and other geochemical cycles, has emphasized the nature of the steady state maintained by complex networks of feedbacks, recent attention has shifted to the changes implied by the way these feedbacks respond to perturbations.

Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat--and How to Counter It
ISBN: 0809045028

Hill and Wang. 2009

The product of a unique collaboration between a pioneering earth scientist and an award-winning science writer, Fixing Climate takes an unconventional approach to the problem of global warming―and offers a possible solution. Hailed by his colleagues as "one of the our greatest living geoscientists," Wallace S. Broecker, a longtime researcher at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, warned about the possible consequences of global warming decades before it became a compelling public issue. Hooked on climate studies since his student days, he has learned, largely through his own findings, that climate does change―naturally, dramatically, and rarely benignly. He also knows from experience that when mankind pushes nature as we are currently doing by dumping some sixty to seventy million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day, climate will change even more dramatically and less benignly. As Broecker points out, if a well-meaning fairy godmother were to turn us all into energy-saving paragons at the stroke of midnight tonight, the resulting reduction in atmospheric carbon dioxide might lessen but could not turn aside the great warming tide now headed our way. There is, nonetheless, a glimmer of hope in the development of new technologies that are directed not only at the reduction of carbon dioxide output but also at its harmless disposal.


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