The global warming reader A century of writing about climate change

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New York : Penguin Books 2012.
Other Authors
Bill McKibben (-)
Item Description
"First published in the United States of America by OR Books, 2011; published by Penguin Books, 2012" -- T. p. verso.
Physical Description
421 p. ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. [405] - 415) and index.
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Science
  • On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground
  • The Artificial Production of Carbon Dioxide and Its Influence on Temperature
  • Carbon Dioxide Exchange between Atmosphere and Ocean and the Question of an Increase of Atmospheric CO 2 during the Past Decades
  • The Keeling Curve
  • Statement of Dr. James Hansen
  • Summary for Policymakers: The Science of Climate Change IPCC Working Group I
  • The "Anthropocene"
  • The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change
  • Target Atmospheric CO 2 : Where Should Humanity Aim?
  • Causes of the Russian Heat Wave and Pakistani Floods
  • Part II. Politics
  • from Earth in the Balance
  • "The Battle for Control of Reality" from The Heat Is On
  • Remarks at the Kyoto Climate Change Conference
  • "Is Your Stomach Too Full?" from Earth Odyssey
  • The Science of Climate Change: Senate Floor Statement
  • from State of Fear
  • from An Inconvenient Truth
  • from The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
  • Climate Generation:! The Evolution of the Energy Action Coalition's Strategy
  • To Really Save the Planet, Stop Going Green
  • Climate Rage
  • This Is Fucked Up-It's Time to Get Mad, and Then Busy
  • The Green Generation
  • The Population Myth
  • Global Warming Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near
  • Speech at Klimaforum
  • Part III. Impact
  • from The End of Nature
  • John 5:1-9
  • Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action
  • An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and its Implications for United States National Security
  • "The Briefing" from Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers
  • Images
  • Climate Change and Agriculture
  • Images
  • The Darkening Sea: What Carbon Emissions Are Doing to the Ocean
  • Nepal's Farmers on the Front Line of Global Climate Change
  • References
  • Index
Review by Choice Review

Noted environmentalist/writer McKibben is founder of , an organization that advocates reduction of atmospheric CO^D[2 levels to 350 parts per million (PPM); CO^D[2 levels are already around 390 PPM. This advocacy is based on several premises: greenhouse gases (GHG) warm the planet (physics fact, known since the 19th century); the burning of fossil fuels increases GHG (undeniable); and the resulting changes if GHG accumulation is uncontrolled will be catastrophic (plausible). In The Global Warming Reader, McKibben has selected 36 contributions that support the above premises, and divided the writings into three parts, "Science," "Politics," and "Impact." The only contributions from climate change skeptics are those of Senator James Inhofe (Republican, Oklahoma) and novelist Michael Crichton--who are not scientists. This reflects the documented difficulty of finding the rare credible scientist-skeptic who is not partially or wholly funded by the fossil fuel industries or conservative think tanks. These contributions give the reader an idea of the causes and effects of GHG-mediated climate change and the difficulties facing the human race in responding to those challenges. The book includes references for documentation and further exploration of the topic. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. M. K. Cleaveland University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

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