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Climate change is an issue that has taken on great urgency in recent years,
but it is not an isolated problem. Hans Tammemagi argues that climate change is
but one of the many problems associated with the changing character of one of
the most basic components of life: the air we breathe.
Tammemagi's fascinating exploration of air illustrates that it is far from
being an empty void; rather, it is a vast ocean of gases that are layered,
constantly mixing, generating weather, and providing the basis of life itself.
While illustrating the beauty and mystery of air, Tammemagi also examines its
declining quality in chapters that discuss smog over cities (and elsewhere),
acid rain, the depletion of stratospheric ozone layer, and, of course, global
warming. As a scientist, writer, and activist, Tammemagi explains the key
issues associated with air in a clear, lucid, and compelling style. Air is a
vital piece of reading on an issue of rapidly growing urgency.
Containing a wealth of information such as the history and evolution of our
atmosphere, biographical notes about key scientists, descriptions of
significant inventions, and color photography, this book presents the great
aerial ocean like we have never seen it before.