Global climate change has kept a high media profile the past several years, so Gale Cengage's two-volume set on the subject is timely. Targeted primarily at high school, early college, and general readers, the work balances the popular discussion of the reality of climate change with plans to remedy the dilemma. Special emphasis is given to the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore in 2008. The work is authored by scientists, scholars, and researchers in varied subject areas including geology, physics, environmental science, and law. A unique chronology takes readers through scientific and environmental milestones, beginning in 1827 with Fourier's greenhouse effect and going through the 1990s lobbying efforts to raise awareness of climate changes. Over 250 stunning color photographs, illustrations, and maps extend the value of the set; sidebars supplement the clear, concise text.