Global Warming

The Complete Briefing

Posted: 25 June 2003

Author: John Houghton
Cambridge University Press, 1997, £19.95

Non-experts are often surprised to hear just how uncontroversial climate change science has become in recent years, and Houghton's Complete Briefing is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand more about the strong scientific consensus underpinning global warming.


Houghton is himself a world-reknowned expert, a former chair of Working Group 1 of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which makes the accessible and comprehensible way he presents climate dynamics and the physics of greenhouse gases all the more of a remarkable achievement. If you've ever wanted to counter the so-called 'climate sceptics' but felt under-informed about the science, this is the book for you.

Reviewer: Mark Lynas

Reviewer Info: Mark Lynas is a specialist in Climate Change. His new book, High Tide: News from a warming world, will be published by Flamingo/HarperCollins in March 2004.