New Book Details How the Threat of Climate Change Can Be Reduced Without Damaging the Global Economy

– Profiles What’s Really at Stake and How Threat of Climate Change Can Be Reduced Without Damaging the Global Economy

NEW YORK, N.Y. – January 21, 2016 – Climate change is one of the 21st centuries most contentious issues filled with science and great debate.

Now a major new book provides the first comprehensive, objective and critical assessment of climate change and addresses what’s at stake and how the threat of climate change can be reduced without damaging the global economy.

Frank Incropera’s Climate Change: A Wicked Problem, now available in paperback ($29.99) and Kindle edition ($24) from Cambridge University Press is an honest, no-holds-barred evaluation of climate change for anyone who wants to be well-informed on the topic of the climate change debate: science, technology options, economic ramifications, cultural and behavioral issues, the influence of special interests and public policy, geopolitics, and ethical dimensions.

The underlying science is treated in depth but in an approachable and accessible manner. A strong case is made for the reality of anthropogenic climate change while confronting the range of issues that remain uncertain and deconstructing opposing views.

The book confronts areas of uncertainty in the science head-on and deconstructs views dismissive of the science, providing clarity on what is known with certainty and where gaps in knowledge remain.

Incropera assesses the strengths and weaknesses of technology options for mitigating the effects of climate change, analyzes nontechnical factors – economic, cultural and political − and provides an in-depth treatment of ethical implications.

The book was written by a top-ranking engineer textbook author with strong links to the business world and includes two forewords: one from a business leader (chief executive of The Pacific Gas and Electric Company) and one from a leader in the academic world (president of Georgia Tech).

Climate Change: A Wicked Problem is essential reading for anyone wishing to become informed about climate change and is designed to provide the reader with a firm foundation for drawing their conclusions.

Praise for Climate Change: A Wicked Problem
“This remarkable book ... offers [a] most balanced, unbiased and holistic view ... respect[s] the reader's prerogative to make up their own mind ... As we enter a period of intense global and national discourse on this important topic, the timing of this book could not be better. People worldwide need to read Dr. Incropera's book to map out for themselves the panoramic view of this multidimensional complex issue.”
-Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Professor, Stanford University; Former Vice President for Energy, Google; Founding Director, US Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E); and Former US Acting Undersecretary of Energy, Department of Energy

“... [does] a masterful job of bringing the reader on a journey through the science and debate.”
-Suresh V. Garimella, Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

“... thorough and thoughtful, offering something to those already knowledgeable about the topic, while simultaneously remaining accessible to students approaching climate change for the first time.”
-Jeffrey A. Cunningham, University of South Florida

“I can think of no better source of information than this book that presents - in a straightforward manner - many of the complex choices and trade-offs ahead of us as a society. It will challenge readers' preconceived notions intellectually, but they will walk away with a much better appreciation for what is really at stake.”
-Michael O'Sullivan, Senior Vice President, NextEra Energy

Incropera’s book, Climate Change: A Wicked Problem is available in paperback ($29.99 US) and Kindle edition (24) from Cambridge University Press. 364 pages. The book contains ten black & white illustrations, 11 color illustrations and ten tables. [ISBN: 978-1107521131].

About the Author
Frank P. Incropera is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where he also served as Dean of Engineering from 1998 until 2006. He is a Fellow of ASME and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Professor Incropera has had a long-standing interest in heat and mass transfer. He has authored or co-authored numerous books on the subject, including Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, which has become the premier textbook in the field. His work has addressed numerous fundamental issues, as well as applications dealing with energy conversion, biomedical engineering, electronics cooling and material processing. In the past ten years, his interests have turned to the broad range of technical and nontechnical issues associated with transition to a sustainable energy future. As well as academic research, he has worked extensively with members of the energy industry and business community.

About Cambridge University Press
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