Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science

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What are the causes and consequences of climate change? When the scale is so big, can an individual make any difference? Documentary, diary, and masterwork graphic novel, this up-to-date look at our planet and how we live on it explains what global warming is all about. With the most complicated concepts made clear in a feat of investigative journalism by artist Philippe Squarzoni, Climate Changed weaves together scientific research, extensive interviews with experts, and a call for action. Weighing the ...
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Overview


What are the causes and consequences of climate change? When the scale is so big, can an individual make any difference? Documentary, diary, and masterwork graphic novel, this up-to-date look at our planet and how we live on it explains what global warming is all about. With the most complicated concepts made clear in a feat of investigative journalism by artist Philippe Squarzoni, Climate Changed weaves together scientific research, extensive interviews with experts, and a call for action. Weighing the potential of some solutions and the false promises of others, this groundbreaking work provides a realistic, balanced view of the magnitude of the crisis that An Inconvenient Truth only touched on.

Climate Changed is printed on FSC-certified paper from responsibly-managed, environmentally-sound sources.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 04/28/2014
After suddenly realizing that he couldn’t coherently discuss climate change because he didn’t understand the underlying science, the author, a French artist and human rights observer, whose previous books include several nonfiction graphic novels, set out to investigate the subject. Framed as a personal exploration, Squarzoni details the issues involved, from the basic principles behind our climate models to the impact that climate change will have on the Earth and humanity; he also examines the well-funded effort to suppress constructive discussions about man’s impact on the environment and evolutionary changes that have masked the effects of greenhouse gases. Squarzoni’s text, skillfully translated by Hahnenberger, is supported by his detailed black-and-white art, which conveys the urgency of the situation without falling prey to despair or nihilism. The book covers a wide range of topics, steering a careful path between the Scylla of oversimplification and the Charybdis of stultifying detail; the result is a work on one of the most important topics of our time that is dense but comprehensible, informative and fascinating. (Apr.)
Cool Hunting

“Stunning, cinematic, and informative.”
Comics Bulletin

“Thanks to Squarzoni, we see that the graphic novel format might be the best way to explain this information (and there is a lot of it) to the general public.”
Booklist (Starred Review)

“The plethora of contributing experts, a detailed index, and its multifaceted exploration make this required reading for both the general public and subject specialists.”
Scientific American Online

“If you’ve been meaning to get up to speed on the carbon cycle and all things climate science this summer, this is the book to be seen at the beach with.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419712555
  • Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 458,868
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Philippe Squarzoni attended college in Lyon, France. He visited Croatia and the former Yugoslavia several times as a volunteer in a conflict-resolution project and traveled through Mexico, Palestine, and Israel as a human-rights observer. He has published graphic novels on Central American politics and the Holocaust, and on author Richard Brautigan.
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  • Posted July 6, 2014

     What the world may become: a unique, visual, disconcerting intr

     What the world may become: a unique, visual, disconcerting introduction. 5 stars for a perfect treatment of an imperfectly understandable future. Despite the importance of this topic to me, my family and my species, my knowledge is woefully lacking.  I have been meaning to understand climate change for many years.  Forays into understanding through popular science magazines and other journalistic venues have felt incomplete.  I read this hefty tomb of visual non-fiction to correct that.  It turns out the author wrote the book to remedy his own lack of knowledge.

    Though written by an author living in France, and translated into English, nothing is lost in the translation, and of course the visual nature of the material transcends written language. The material blends opinions, facts and the author's reflections in a format that is compelling. The changes in the nature of the narrative keep the material flowing smoothly.  

    Expert opinions are communicated succinctly with the words (and visual representations) of the experts in what seems to be a documentary format. Accepted scientific fact is supported by endnotes.  The author's own reflections of his life and work, during the time of his creating the book, add both character and a sense of the author's state-of-mind in a way a reader seldom gets to experience with non-fiction. The reader can literally picture the author in the act of research and creation, with vignettes of his interactions and life events with his significant other Camille -- interspersed and intertwined with the science facts and opinions.  The subtitle "A personal journey through the science" is very descriptive of the content. The author allows the reader to see the world as he sees it...and that is a gift of perspective.

    The desire for truth and objectivity on the part of the author is apparent -- which leads to an unsatisfying, indefinite conclusion...but thoroughly appropriate given the nature of the content.  The book offers an understanding of both the subject matter and the author, in a manner that is engaging and honest. 

    The book is well-referenced, with a full bibliography, index and background section on the experts quoted.

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