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Here is a story that has not previously been adequately told: the story of the developments, trends, and visionary people that are, in many ways, mitigating the climate crisis and turning sustainable development into reality, not just a grand concept. In A Newer World, environmentalist William F. Hewitt explores the advances in business and finance, politics, design, science, and engineering that are transforming the world around us right now, even as the dire climatic consequences of the industrialization of our...

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Overview

Here is a story that has not previously been adequately told: the story of the developments, trends, and visionary people that are, in many ways, mitigating the climate crisis and turning sustainable development into reality, not just a grand concept. In A Newer World, environmentalist William F. Hewitt explores the advances in business and finance, politics, design, science, and engineering that are transforming the world around us right now, even as the dire climatic consequences of the industrialization of our economies have become ever more starkly apparent.

The received wisdom is that we are on an irrevocable path toward climate catastrophe. The political process, we are told, is broken. Coal-fired power plants in China and India are going to inundate the climate system with CO2 before we can convert to less dangerous ways to generate power. Market mechanisms to control emissions have not, as yet, realized their potential. There is some truth in all of this, but it's not, by any means, the whole story. A Newer World surveys the quantum leaps that are being made in clean technology, and tells how governments, industry, and financial institutions are moving faster and more vigorously every day toward embracing these technologies. The challenges are real. A Newer World tells the untold story of the major progress already being made in addressing the looming climate crisis.

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Publishers Weekly
Hewitt, adjunct instructor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, takes a broad look at efforts to combat the effects of climate change and finds much that is encouraging. He begins by addressing the Climategate scandal, reinforcing the conclusion that climate change is a scientifically sound matter of “deep concern” while using the moment to summarize related activity in science, politics, the media, and in the general public. Touching on disinformation efforts, Hewitt categorizes the Republicans as the only political party among “the world’s democracies that refuses to acknowledge the manifest reality of climate change.” He then takes a kitchen-sink approach to covering local, national, and international efforts to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases through changing energy sources, clean technology, and financial, political, and development policies. There are occasional structural missteps—such as a section on mountaintop-removal coal mining that contains only two paragraphs, one on coal mining and the other, inexplicably, on mangroves—but he does offer positive news, like a research paper that demonstrates how, by using existing clean, renewable energy technologies, humanity could produce 15 times the energy currently created. In general, though Hewitt’s book is dense, it is a helpful synopsis of the world’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. 18 illus. (Dec.)
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“Hewitt, adjunct instructor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, takes a broad look at efforts to combat the effects of climate change and finds much that is encouraging. He begins by addressing the Climategate scandal, reinforcing the conclusion that climate change is a scientifically sound matter of “deep concern” while using the moment to summarize related activity in science, politics, the media, and in the general public. Touching on disinformation efforts, Hewitt categorizes the Republicans as the only political party among “the world’s democracies that refuses to acknowledge the manifest reality of climate change.” He then takes a kitchen-sink approach to covering local, national, and international efforts to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases through changing energy sources, clean technology, and financial, political, and development policies. There are occasional structural missteps—such as a section on mountaintop-removal coal mining that contains only two paragraphs, one on coal mining and the other, inexplicably, on mangroves—but he does offer positive news, like a research paper that demonstrates how, by using existing clean, renewable energy technologies, humanity could produce 15 times the energy currently created. In general, though Hewitt’s book is dense, it is a helpful synopsis of the world’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.”—Publishers Weekly

"Hewitt provides something rare that has not really been seen in much contemporary environmental literature — hope — while melding the realities of climate science, politics, and economics all into one… A Newer World is worth a read for those tired of dire messages, for those who want hope in the face of our fast-paced, complex global economic system.”—CleanTechnica.com

"[Hewitt] provides an excellent overview of US, EU, and international climate change science and policy that gives context for his descriptions of a range of achievements. These include not just innovative policy making at local, state, national, and international scales, but also the development of a range of increasingly economic and prevalent alternative energy production and conservation technologies. This book will be valuable and interesting to general readers, scholars/students desiring accessible information on climate change policy, and faculty teaching any level of an energy or climate change-related class. . . . Highly recommended."
—Choice

“This book is first and foremost a compendium of events and trends presaging a green revolution. Its author has done an investigation of Homeric proportions to document the changes in energy infrastructure taking place outside of Washington, DC. Those multifarious changes, taken together, represent a rebirth of hope for dealing successfully with climate change.”—chris-winter.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584659631
  • Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM F. HEWITT has been an environmental professional and activist for more than 25 years. He is a writer and teacher of graduate and continuing education classes on energy and the environment, climate change, and clean tech at New York University's Center for Global Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Turning the Corner on the Climate Crisis Science, Media, and the Public: The Message of Climate Change Green Power: Renewable Energy Comes into Its Own Bringing It All Back Home: Clean Tech in Action Breakthroughs: From Rio to Cancun, and Beyond Follow the Money: Environmental Finance and Green Business Planet Green: The Policy, Politics, and Practice Revolution A Lighter Footprint: Climate Change and Sustainable Development A Resilient Future: Adaptation, Education, Law, and Lifestyle Acknowledgments Notes Index

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    I was pleasantly surprised to take a briefly from the daily poli

    I was pleasantly surprised to take a briefly from the daily political/environmental doom and gloom to read all the glimmers of hope in this important book. Well-researched and well-written (my favorite line: “The world is on fire”), a Newer World taught me a great deal of interesting facts about alternative technologies and government solutions (mostly of governments other than the U.S.) that are indeed working. I wish every policy-maker would read this, and, more importantly, act on this

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