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Earth: The Operators' Manual [NOOK Book]

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The book—companion to a PBS series—that proves humans are causing global warming and offers a path to the future.


Since the discovery of fire, humans have been energy users and always will be. And this is a good thing-our mastery of energy is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and has allowed us to be the dominant species...
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Earth: The Operators' Manual

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Overview

The book—companion to a PBS series—that proves humans are causing global warming and offers a path to the future.


Since the discovery of fire, humans have been energy users and always will be. And this is a good thing-our mastery of energy is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and has allowed us to be the dominant species on the planet. However, this mastery comes with a price: we are changing our environment in a profoundly negative way by heating it up.



Using one engaging story after another, coupled with accessible scientific facts, world authority Richard B. Alley explores the fascinating history of energy use by humans over the centuries, gives a doubt-destroying proof that already-high levels of carbon dioxide are causing damaging global warming, and surveys the alternative energy options that are available to exploit right now. These new energy sources might well be the engines for economic growth in the twenty-first century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393083231
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 479
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Richard B. Alley is a professor of geology at Penn State
University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was a member of
the UN climate change committee that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He
lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Certainly another good book on climate change although the autho

    Certainly another good book on climate change although the author offers some comparisons to past events to explain why there is resistance to action that I do not agree with.
    Unlike his analogies, in which everyone knew they had a huge problem to solve, we have and large number of skeptics who do not admit to the science of human caused climate change.
    Until the big players like the United States come on board, the task of getting off of fossil fuels will be impossible to fix.
    Dr. Alley says that if we believe the problem cannot be fixed, then we are betting against a lot of smart people. I am afraid his ego has come into play here. I do bet on a lot of smart people such as Guy McPherson, who says we are doomed, because it is just to late in the game to repair the damage done and the damage coming. The facts are on his side.

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