The global warming reader A century of writing about climate change

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Published
New York : Penguin Books 2012.
Language
English
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
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. [405] - 415) and index.
ISBN
9780143121893
0143121898
Other Authors
Bill McKibben (-)
  • On the influence of carbonic acid in the air upon the temperature of the ground / Svante Arrhenius
  • The artificial production of carbon dioxide and its influence on temperature / G.S. Callendar
  • Carbon dioxide exchange between atmosphere and ocean and the question of an increase of atmospheric CO2 during the past decades / Roger Revelle and Hans E. Suess
  • The Keeling Curve / Dave Keeling
  • Statement of Dr. James Hansen / James Hansen
  • Summary for policymakers: the science of climate change / IPCC Working Group I
  • The "anthropocene" / Paul J. Crutzen and Eugene F. Stoermer
  • The scientific consensus on climate change / Naomi Oreskes
  • Target atmospheric CO2: where should humanity aim? / James Hansen et al.
  • Causes of the Russian heat wave and Pakistani floods / Jeff Masters
  • from "Earth in the balance" / Al Gore
  • "The battle for control of reality" from "The heat is on" / Ross Gelbspan
  • Remarks at the Kyoto climate change conference / Al Gore
  • "Is your stomach too full?" from "Earth odyssey" / Mark Hertsgaard
  • The science of climate change: Senate floor statement / James M. Inhofe
  • from "State of fear" / Michael Crichton
  • from "An inconvenient truth" / Al Gore
  • from "The green collar economy: how one solution can fix our two biggest problems / Van Jones
  • Climate generation: the evolution of the Energy Action Coalition's strategy / Billy Parish
  • To really save the planet, stop going green / Mike Tidwell
  • Climate rage / Naomi Klein
  • This is fucked up
  • it's time to get mad, and then busy / Bill McKibben
  • The green generation / Adrienne Maree Brown
  • The population myth / George Monbiot
  • Global warming twenty years later: tipping points near / James Hansen
  • Speech at Klimaforum / Mohamed Nasheed
  • from "The end of nature" / Bill McKibben
  • John 5:1-9 / Sally Bingham
  • Climage chage: an evangelical call to action / The Evangelical Climate Initiative
  • An abrupt climate change scenario and its implications for United States National Security / Peter Schwartz and Doug Randall
  • "The briefing" from "Field notes on democracy: listening to grasshoppers" / Arundhati Roy
  • Images / David Breashears and E.O. Wheeler
  • Climate change and agriculture / Dr. Vandana Shiva
  • Images / Gary Braasch
  • The darkening sea: what cabon emissions are doing to the ocean / Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Nepal's farmers on the front line of global climate change / John Vidal.
Review by Choice Reviews

Noted environmentalist/writer McKibben is founder of 350.org , an organization that advocates reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels to 350 parts per million (PPM); CO2 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. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates; Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty; Professionals/Practitioners. M. K. Cleaveland University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Copyright 2012 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Collects 35 essays on global warming from the 19th century to today, with contributions by Michael Crichton, Al Gore, Elizabeth Kolbert, Naomi Klein and many others. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Collects thirty-five essays on global warming from the nineteenth century to today, with contributions by Michael Crichton, Al Gore, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Naomi Klein.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Van Jones, Al Gore, Elizabeth Kolbert, Naomi Klein, and other essential voices on global warming, from its 19th-century discovery to the present, in a volume edited by Bill McKibben, our most widely respected environmental writerWith the rise of extreme weather events worldwide--witness the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Katrina, and the sustained drought across the American West--global warming has become increasingly difficult to deny.What is happening to our planet? And what can we do about it? The Global Warming Reader provides more than thirty-five answers to these burning questions, from more than one hundred years of engagement with the topic. Here is Elizabeth Kolbert's groundbreaking essay "The Darkening Sea," Michael Crichton's skeptical view of climate change, George Monbiot's biting indictment of those who are really using up the planet's resources, NASA scientist James Hansen's testimony before the U.S. Congress, and clarion calls for action by Al Gore, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Van Jones, and many others. The Global Warming Reader is a comprehensive resource, expertly edited by someone who lives and breathes this defining issue of our time.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Van Jones, Al Gore, Elizabeth Kolbert, Naomi Klein, and other essential voices on global warming, from its 19th-century discovery to the present, in a volume edited by Bill McKibben, our most widely respected environmental writerWith the rise of extreme weather events worldwide--witness the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Katrina, and the sustained drought across the American West--global warming has become increasingly difficult to deny.What is happening to our planet? And what can we do about it? The Global Warming Reader provides more than thirty-five answers to these burning questions, from more than one hundred years of engagement with the topic. Here is Elizabeth Kolbert's groundbreaking essay "The Darkening Sea," Michael Crichton's skeptical view of climate change, George Monbiot's biting indictment of those who are really using up the planet's resources, NASA scientist James Hansen's testimony before the U.S. Congress, and clarion calls for action by Al Gore, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Van Jones, and many others. The Global Warming Reader is a comprehensive resource, expertly edited by someone who lives and breathes this defining issue of our time.