Global Fever: How to Treat Climate Change

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Overview

Every decade since 1950 has seen more floods and more wildfires on every continent. Deserts are expanding, coral reefs are dying, fisheries are declining, hurricanes are strengthening. The debate about climate change is over: there’s no question that global warming has made the Earth sick, and the outlook for the future calls for ever-warmer temperatures and deadlier results. Something must be done—but how quickly?
            With Global Fever, William H. Calvin delivers both a clear-eyed diagnosis and a strongly worded prescription. In striking, straightforward language, he first clearly sets out the current state of the Earth’s warming climate and the disastrous possibilities ahead should we continue on our current path. Increasing temperatures will kill off vegetation and dry up water resources, and their loss will lead, in an increasingly destructive feedback loop, to even more warming. Resource depletion, drought, and disease will follow, leading to socioeconomic upheaval—and accompanying violence—on a scale barely conceivable.
            It is still possible, Calvin argues, to avoid such a dire fate. But we must act now, aggressively funneling resources into jump-starting what would amount to a third industrial revolution, this one of clean technologies—while simultaneously expanding our use of existing low-emission technologies, from nuclear power to plug-in hybrid vehicles, until we achieve the necessary scientific breakthroughs.
            Passionately written, yet thoroughly grounded in the latest climate science, Global Fever delivers both a stark warning and an ambitious blueprint for saving the future of our planet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226092041
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Calvin is professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle and the author of fourteen books, including A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Climate Change, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

The Big Picture     3
We're Not in Kansas Anymore     13
Will This Overheated Frog Move?     21
"Pop!" Goes the Climate     33
Drought's Slippery Slope     41
Why Deserts Expand     59
From Creeps to Leaps     71
What Makes a Cycle Vicious?     87
That Pale Blue Sky     101
Slip Locally, Crash Globally     111
Come Hell and High Water     127
Methane Is the Double Threat     151
Sudden Shifts in Climate     163
A Sea of CO[subscript 2]     173
The Extended Forecast     189
Doing Things Differently     205
Cleaning Up Our Act     219
The Climate Optimist     227
Turning Around by 2020     239
Arming for a Great War     273
Get It Right on the First Try     279
Read Widely     295
List of Illustrations     301
Notes     307
Index     333
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