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Introduction How to use this book Part I. Climate in Motion: 1. The Earth in space 2. The atmosphere in motion 3. Oceans and currents 4. Water cycle and biosphere 5. Clouds 6. The impact of volcanoes 7. The sunspot cycle? 8. Atmosphere electricity 9. The Gaia principle Part II. Climate Records: 10. Current measurement system 11. Weather satellites 12. Weather forecasting 13. Historical records 14. Proxy records 15. Ice ages 16. Continental drift 17. Asteroid impact Part III. Polar Regions: 18. Climate of the Arctic 19. Climate of Antarctica 20. Aurorae 21. The great ice sheets 22. Coping with extreme cold 23. The ozone hole 24. Sea ice 25. Ice cores Part IV. Tundra and Taiga: 26. Climate of tundra and taiga 27. A climate of extremes 28. Tundra flora and fauna 29. The northern forests 30. Snow cover 31. Permafrost Part V. Mountain Regions: 32. Climate of the mountains 33. Avalanches 34. Mountain vegetation 35. Living in the mountains 36. The threat of tourism 37. Mountain glaciers Part VI. Mediterranean Regions: 38. Climate of the Mediterranean 39. Mediterranean winds 40. Mediterranean vegetation 41. The Mediterranean diet 42. A history of deforestation Part VII. Temperate Regions: 43. Climate of temperate regions 44. Depressions and anticyclones 45. Agriculture and farming 46. The impact of urbanization 47. Unusual spells of weather 48. Ocean circulation patterns 49. The Little Ice Age Part VIII. The Praries: 50. Climate of prairies and steppes 51. Thunderstorms 52. Tornadoes 53. Plant hardiness 54. Dust Bowl years Part IX. The Tropics: 55. Climate of the tropics 56. The monsoon 57. Tropical storms and hurricanes 58. The biodiversity of life 59. Destruction of the rainforests 60. El Nino 61. Cycles and long-term forecasts Part X. Desert Regions: 62. Climate of the deserts 63. Albedo and radiative effects 64. Renewable energy 65. Desert flora and fauna 66. Human response to heat 67. The Sahel drought 68. Are the deserts expanding? 69. Dust and airborne particulates Part XI. The Future: 70. Modelling the climate 71. Monitoring for the future 72. The cost of climate change 73. Future food production 74. Climate and health 75. Weather modification 76. Sea-level rise 77. The next 100 years Glossary Index Acknowledgements.