Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Future

Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Future

by Tim Flannery
     
 

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In Now or Never, the internationally acclaimed author of The Weather Makers returns to the subject of climate change with a book that is at once a forceful call to action and a deeply (and often surprisingly) pragmatic roadmap toward sustainability. Utilizing the most up-to-the-minute data available, Tim Flannery offers a guided tour of the environmental

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In Now or Never, the internationally acclaimed author of The Weather Makers returns to the subject of climate change with a book that is at once a forceful call to action and a deeply (and often surprisingly) pragmatic roadmap toward sustainability. Utilizing the most up-to-the-minute data available, Tim Flannery offers a guided tour of the environmental challenges we face and their potential solutions in both the big picture and in specific detail. He explores everything from techniques for storing the carbon that dead plants release into the earth to the fragile balancing act between energy demands and food supply in India and China, from carbon-trading schemes in South America to a recent collaboration between a Danish wind-energy company and an automobile manufacturer that may produce a viable electric car and end the reign of big oil. Now or Never is a powerful, thought-provoking, and essential book about the most urgent issue of our time. It burns with Flannery’s characteristic mix of passion, scientific precision, and “offhand interdisciplinary brilliance” (Entertainment Weekly).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Flannery (The Weather Makers) makes a valuable contribution to global warming literature with this slim and eloquent brief that challenges readers to dispense with the dangerous notion that "the earth was made for us"-a convenient extrapolation of social Darwinism that the author argues is used to justify reckless treatment of the environment and smacks of embarrassing impracticality and myopia. He states that humans were made to shepherd the Earth through environmental crises and contribute to the efficiency of its massive metabolism; humans are the brains of this complex system and must make bold choices to either save the corpus totum or destroy it. A re-evaluation of human purpose on Earth is required, Flannery maintains, with a true understanding of sustainability removed from trendy "green" marketing connotations. Flannery's compelling arguments and accessible language will move the passive bystander, persuade the skeptic and rouse the activist. (Oct.)

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Library Journal
In this essay on climate change, Australian scientist and author Flannery (The Weather Makers) cites findings from several recent climate reports that forecast dire consequences for our planet attributed to an increase in carbon emissions. Making a compelling call to action, he explains how and why we have reached this environmental tipping point and suggests simultaneous approaches to reach a sustainable future. One idea for carbon reduction is a joint collaboration already under way between a Danish wind-energy company and an automobile manufacturer that may produce a viable electric car. To help with carbon capture, Flannery suggests a carbon trading scheme in the forests of South America and several solutions that link carbon sequestration and food production using holistic management techniques. VERDICT Flannery's brief but eloquent book challenges all citizens of the developed countries to take responsibility for the fate of our planet by living a sustainable lifestyle. An essential read. [Eight-city tour; see Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/09.]—Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston
From the Publisher
"A valuable contribution to global warming literature.... Flannery's compelling arguments and accessible language will move the passive bystander, persuade the skeptic and rouse the activist." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802198969
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
2 MB

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"A valuable contribution to global warming literature.... Flannery's compelling arguments and accessible language will move the passive bystander, persuade the skeptic and rouse the activist." —-Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Tim Flannery is one of the most celebrated scientists of our time. His landmark bestseller The Weather Makers, which sold 150,000 copies in America and was translated into 24 languages internationally, was embraced by readers and endorsed by policy makers, scientists, and energy industry executives around the world. He is Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council and acts as a judge (along with Al Gore, James Hansen, James Lovelock, and Crispin Tickell) for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge. He was named Australian of the Year in 2007 and is a professor at Macquarie University in Sydney.

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