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*Starred Review* Ever since the publication of An Inconvenient Truth (2006) and the release of the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, former vice president Gore has worked steadfastly and creatively on the climate-change front, closely attending to the increasingly obvious and dire manifestations of a warming planet; expertly supporting the equally rapid and hopefully corrective rise of the sustainable-energy industry; and avidly overseeing smart, positive, and effective programs and strategies for activists. In a new book and a new movie sharing the title An Inconvenient Sequel, he reports on the current state of the climate and the climate movement. Vibrantly illustrated with photographs and infographics, the book can and should be read before, after, or in lieu of seeing the film, its vital information readily accessible and useful in print. The scientific facts and dramatic planetary realities are freshly and vividly presented. A photograph from the International Space Station reveals how very thin the seemingly depthless sky really is, a mere eggshell into which we pump 110 million tons of global-warming pollution every day, producing the same amount of heat energy that would be generated by daily detonations of 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs. Gore charts the consequences of our heating up the atmosphere, including but not limited to the death of coral reefs, the melting of glaciers, the increase of droughts and floods, the loss of croplands and diminished crop yields, the spread of infectious diseases, and the increase in number, magnitude, and location of wildfires and extreme weather, precipitating the coinage of alarming new terms: megafire, superstorm, rain bomb. Severe heat and drought stoked the hellish civil war in Syria, as 60 percent of farms failed and 1.5 million hungry, thirsty people were forced off the land. The litany runs on. But Gore repeatedly asserts his optimism and soon switches to discussing solutions to this crisis, assuring us that we can make the necessary changes, and explaining with clarity and conviction precisely how. Gore runs the numbers and shows why the smart money is on sustainable energy, not fossil fuels. Green industries are where jobs and profits are found, so the shift to wind and solar power is as good for the economy as it is for the environment. Gore's thorough, candid, and pragmatic blueprint for positive change is tied his founding of the Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization that trains individuals to help raise awareness and campaign for innovation. Profiles of diverse climate leaders appear throughout the book, bringing the daunting effort down to human scale through remarkable tales of personal realization, commitment, discovery, and connection. Furthermore, Gore provides specific guidelines for productive activism, from talking with climate deniers to contacting politicians, writing opinion pieces, starting petitions, and being an effective online climate-change activist. The takeaway is Gore's convincing reminder that we are consummately adaptable and that change itself is a renewable resource. This clarifying and inspiring call to stand with the facts and support the sustainable revolution belongs in every library.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2017 Booklist
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