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Earth's climate response to a changing Sun (Coordinated by: Jean Lilensten, Thierry Dudok de Wit, Katja Matthes):

Communication on the topic of climate change has been repeatedly challenged by the complexity of our climate system. In the raging debate on the causes of recent climate change, some have pointed to the Sun as the main culprit. In contrast, the IPCC, in its 5th assessment report, concludes that less than 5% of the warming observed since the 1950s can be ascribed to solar variability. In recent decades, this topic has taken on a new importance, as we urgently need to understand the different causes of current global warming in order to foresee and adapt to its consequences.
Challenged by this, over 80 scientists representing 20 European countries – and a wide spectrum of disciplines – gathered as a group to work on a 4-year project. Their prime objective was to clarify the global picture of the impact of solar variability on climate. This handbook is the main outcome of that project, providing a complete and accessible panorama of our present understanding of the Sun-climate connection. The texts are aimed at a very wide readership of the scientifically curious, from undergraduate students to policy makers.
« Earth’s climate response to a changing Sun » - Coordinated by: Jean Lilensten, Thierry Dudok de Wit, Katja Matthes - Editors: Thierry Dudok de Wit, Ilaria Ermolli, Margit Haberreiter, Harry Kambezidis, Mai Mai Lam, Jean Lilensten, Katja Matthes, Irina Mironova, Hauke Schmidt, Annika Seppälä, Eija Tanskanen, Kleareti Tourpali, Yoav Yair - Publisher: EDP Sciences - ISBN: 978-2-7598-1733-7

Jean Lilensten's book called Space Weatheri, Environment and Societies:

Space Weatheri, Environment and Societies, Our planet exists within a space environment affected by constantly changing solar atmosphere producing cosmic particles and electromagnetic waves. This "space weatheri" profoundly influences the performance of our technology because we primarily use two means for transmitting information and energy; namely, electromagnetic waves and electricity. On an everyday basis, we have developed methods to cope with the normal conditions. However, the Sun remains a fiery stari whose 'angry' outbursts can potentially destroy spacecrafts, kill astronauts, melt electricity transformers, stop trains, and generally wreak havoc with human activities. Space Weatheri is the developing field within astronomy that aims at predicting the Sun's violent activity and minimizing the impacts on our daily lives. Space Weatheri, Environment and Societies explains why our technological societies are so dependent on solar activity and how othe Sun disturbs the transmission of information and energy. Footnotes expand specific points and the appendices facilitate a more thorough command of the physics involved. This beautifully illustrated book is written for astronomy and nature enthusiasts as well as for the undergraduate/graduate level readers who would like to better master the physics of near space.

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A book appropriate for high school graduates and scientists unfamiliar with space physics etc is:

From the Sun - Auroras, Magnetic Storms, Solar Flares, Cosmic Rays, S.T. Suess and B.T. Tsurutani eds., American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, USA, ISBN 0-87590-292-8, 1998.

A very recent comprehensive book on the physics of space weatheri and on space weatheri impacts on human technology (for readers with some scientific and technical background) is:

Space Weatheri - Physics and Effects, Eds. Volker Bothmer and Ioannis A. Daglis, Praxis Publishing Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2007, ISBN 3-540-23907-3.