“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."
“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