An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

by Al Gore


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An Inconvenient Truth—Gore's groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance—is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book, Gore, who is one of our environmental heroes—and a leading expert—brings together leading-edge research from top scientists around the world; photographs, charts, and other illustrations; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness—and with humor, too—that the fact of global warming is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be disastrous if left unchecked. This riveting new book—written in an accessible, entertaining style—will open the eyes of even the most skeptical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594865671
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 06/13/2006
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Al Gore was the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Gore also served in the U. S. House of Representatives (1977–85) and the U. S. Senate (1985–93), representing Tennessee. Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election.

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Some experiences are so intense while Some experiences are so intense while they are happening that time seems to stop altogether. When it begins again and our lives resume their normal course, those intense experiences remain vivid, refusing to stay in the past, remaining always and forever with us.

Seventeen years ago my youngest child was badly--almost fatally--injured. This is a story I have told before, but its meaning for me continues to change and to deepen.

That is also true of the story I have tried to tell for many years about the global environment. It was during that interlude 17 years ago when I started writing my first book, Earth in the Balance. It was because of my son's accident and the way it abruptly interrupted the flow of my days and hours that I began to rethink everything, especially what my priorities had been. Thankfully, my son has long since recovered completely. But it was during that traumatic period that I made at least two enduring changes: I vowed always to put my family first, and I also vowed to make the climate crisis the top priority of my professional life.

Unfortunately, in the intervening years, time has not stood still for the global environment. The pace of destruction has worsened and the urgent need for a response has grown more acute.

The fundamental outline of the climate crisis story is much the same now as it was then. The relationship between human civilization and the Earth has been utterly transformed by a combination of factors, including the population explosion, the technological revolution, and a willingness to ignore the future consequences of our present actions. The underlying reality is that we are colliding with the planet's ecological system, and its most vulnerable components are crumbling as a result.

I have learned much more about this issue over the years. I have read and listened to the world's leading scientists, who have offered increasingly dire warnings. I have watched with growing concern as the crisis gathers strength even more rapidly than anyone expected.

In every corner of the globe--on land and in water, in melting ice and disappearing snow, during heat waves and droughts, in the eyes of hurricanes and in the tears of refugees--the world is witnessing mounting and undeniable evidence that nature's cycles are profoundly changing.

I have learned that, beyond death and taxes, there is at least one absolutely indisputable fact: Not only does human-caused global warming exist, but it is also growing more and more dangerous, and at a pace that has now made it a planetary emergency.

Part of what I have learned over the last 14 years has resulted from changes in my personal circumstances as well. Since 1992, our children have all grown up, and our two oldest daughters have married. Tipper and I now have two grandchildren. Both of my parents have died, as has Tipper's mother.

And less than a year after Earth in the Balance was published, I was elected vice president--ultimately serving for eight years. I had the opportunity, as a member of the Clinton-Gore administration, to pursue an ambitious agenda of new policies addressing the climate crisis.

At that time I discovered, firsthand, how fiercely Congress would resist the changes we were urging them to make, and I watched with growing dismay as the opposition got much, much worse after the takeover of Congress in 1994 by the Republican party and its newly aggressive conservative leaders.

I organized and held countless events to spread public awareness about the climate crisis, and to build more public support for congressional action. I also learned numerous lessons about the significant changes in recent decades in the nature and quality of America's "conversation of democracy." Specifically, that entertainment values have transformed what we used to call news, and individuals with independent voices are routinely shut out of the public discourse.

In 1997 I helped achieve a breakthrough at the negotiations in Kyoto, Japan, where the world drafted a groundbreaking treaty whose goal is to control global warming pollution. But then I came home and faced an uphill battle to gain support for the treaty in the U.S. Senate.

In 2000 I ran for president. It was a hard-fought campaign that was ended by a 5-4 decision in the Supreme Court to halt the counting of votes in the key state of Florida. This was a hard blow.

I then watched George W. Bush get sworn in as president. In his very first week in office, President Bush reversed a campaign pledge to regulate C02 emissions--a pledge that had helped persuade many voters that he was genuinely concerned about matters relating to the environment.

Soon after the election, it became clear that the Bush-Cheney administration was determined to block any policies designed to help limit global-warming pollution. They launched an all-out effort to roll back, weaken, and--wherever possible--completely eliminate existing laws and regulations. Indeed, they even abandoned Bush's pre-election rhetoric about global warming, announcing that, in the president's opinion, global warming wasn't a problem at all.

As the new administration was getting underway, I had to begin making decisions about what I would do in my own life. After all, I was now out of a job. This certainly wasn't an easy time, but it did offer me the chance to make a fresh start--to step back and think about where I should direct my energies.

I began teaching courses at two colleges in Tennessee, and, along with Tipper, published two books about the American family. We moved to Nashville and bought a house less than an hour's drive from our farm in Carthage. I entered the business world and eventually started two new companies. I became an adviser to two already established major high-tech businesses.

I am tremendously excited about these ventures, and feel fortunate to have found ways to make a living while simultaneously moving the world--at least a little--in the right direction.

With my partner Joel Hyatt I started Current TV, a news and information cable and satellite network for young people in their twenties, based on an idea that is, in our present-day society, revolutionary: that viewers themselves can make the programs and in the process participate in the public forum of American democracy. With my partner David Blood I also started Generation Investment Management, a firm devoted to proving that the environment and other sustainability factors can be fully integrated into the mainstream investment process in a way that enhances profitability for our clients, while encouraging businesses to operate more sustainably.

At first, I thought I might run for president again, but over the last several years I have discovered that there are other ways to serve, and that I enjoy them. I have also continued to make speeches on public policy, and--as I have at almost every crossroads moment in my life--to make the global environment my central focus.

Since my childhood summers on our family's farm in Tennessee, when I first learned from my father about taking care of the land, I have been deeply interested in learning more about threats to the environment. I grew up half in the city and half in the country, and the half I loved most was on our farm. Since my mother read to my sister and me from Rachel Carson's classic book, Silent Spring, and especially since I was first introduced to the idea of global warming by my college professor Roger Revelle, I have always tried to deepen my own understanding of the human impact on nature, and in my public service I have tried to implement policies to ameliorate-- and eventually eliminate--that harmful impact.

During the Clinton-Gore years we accomplished a lot in terms of environmental issues, even though, with the hostile Republican Congress, we fell short of all that was needed. Since the change in administrations, I have watched with growing concern as our forward progress has been almost completely reversed.

After the 2000 election, one of the things I decided to do was to start giving my slide show on global warming again. I had first put it together at the same time I began writing Earth in the Balance, and over the years I have added to it and steadily improved it to the point where

I think it makes a compelling case that humans are the cause of most of the global warming that is taking place, and that unless we take quick action the consequences for our planetary home could become irreversible.

For the last six years, I have been traveling around the world, sharing the information I have compiled with anyone who would listen in colleges, small towns, and big cities. More and more, I have begun to feel that I am changing minds, but it is a slow process.

In the spring of 2005, I gave my slide show to a large gathering in Los Angeles organized and hosted by environmental activist (and film producer) Laurie David, without whom the movie never would have been made. Afterward, she and Lawrence Bender, a veteran film producer who was essential to the project's success, first suggested that I ought to consider making a movie out of my presentation. I was skeptical because I couldn't see how my slide show would translate to film. But they kept coming to other slide shows and brought Jeff Skoll, founder and CEO of Participant Productions, who expressed interest in backing the project. And then, Scott Burns brought his unique and crucially important skills to the production team. Lesley Chilcott became the coproducer and legendary "trail boss." Lawrence and Laurie also introduced me to the highly talented director, Davis Guggenheim.

This extraordinary group convinced me that the translation of the slide show into a film wouldn't need to sacrifice the central role of science for entertainment's sake. Davis Guggenheim's creative vision was extraordinary. Moreover, his skills as a documentarian included an ability to ask probing questions during our many lengthy recorded dialogues--questions that forced me to find new ways to articulate ideas and feelings that, in some cases, I had never put into words before. It was in response to one of his questions that I first used the phrase "An Inconvenient Truth," a phrase that Davis later suggested be the title of the movie.

I then chose that same title for this book, but the idea for a book on the climate crisis actually came first. It was Tipper who first suggested that I put together a new kind of book with pictures and graphics to make the whole message easier to follow, combining many elements from my slide show with all of the new original material I have compiled over the last few years.

Tipper and I are, by the way, giving 100% of whatever profits come to us from the book--and from the movie--to a non-profit, bipartisan effort to move public opinion in the United States to support bold action to confront global warming.

After more than thirty years as a student of the climate crisis, I have a lot to share. I have tried to tell this story in a way that will interest all kinds of readers. My hope is that those who read the book and see the film will begin to feel, as I have for a long time, that global warming is not just about science and that it is not just a political issue. It is really a moral issue.

Although it is true that politics at times must play a crucial role in solving this problem, this is the kind of challenge that ought to completely transcend partisanship. So whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, whether you voted for me or not, I very much hope that you will sense that my goal is to share with you both my passion for the Earth and my deep sense of concern for its fate. It is impossible to feel one without the other when you know all the facts.

I also want to convey my strong feeling that what we are facing is not just a cause for alarm, it is paradoxically also a cause for hope. As many know, the Chinese expression for "crisis" consists of two characters side by side . The first is the symbol for "danger," the second the symbol for "opportunity."

The climate crisis is, indeed, extremely dangerous. In fact it is a true planetary emergency. Two thousand scientists, in a hundred countries, working for more than 20 years in the most elaborate and well-organized scientific collaboration in the history of humankind, have forged an exceptionally strong consensus that all the nations on Earth must work together to solve the crisis of global warming.

The voluminous evidence now strongly suggests that unless we act boldly and quickly to deal with the underlying causes of global warming, our world will undergo a string of terrible catastrophes, including more and stronger storms like Hurricane Katrina, in both the Atlantic and the Pacific.

We are melting the North Polar ice cap and virtually all of the mountain glaciers in the world. We are destabilizing the massive mound of ice on Greenland and the equally enormous mass of ice propped up on top of islands in West Antarctica, threatening a worldwide increase in sea levels of as much as 20 feet.

The list of what is now endangered due to global warming also includes the continued stable configuration of ocean and wind currents that has been in place since before the first cities were built almost 10,000 years ago.

We are dumping so much carbon dioxide into the Earth's environment that we have literally changed the relationship between the Earth and the Sun. So much of that CO2 is being absorbed into the oceans that if we continue at the current rate we will increase the saturation of calcium carbonate to levels that will prevent formation of corals and interfere with the making of shells by any sea creature.

Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid. This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc; it is us.

Last year, the national academies of science in the 11 most influential nations came together to jointly call on every nation to "acknowledge that the threat of climate change is clear and increasing" and declare that the "scientific understanding of climate changes is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action."

So the message is unmistakably clear. This crisis means "danger!"

Why do our leaders seem not to hear such a clear warning? Is it simply that it is inconvenient for them to hear the truth?

If the truth is unwelcome, it may seem easier just to ignore it.

But we know from bitter experience that the consequences of doing so can be dire.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think its interesting that all the reviews that give this book 1 star came from reviewers that talk about Al Gore as a politician, instead of a person who wrote a book about the environment. How easy it is to write a critical review instead of taking any action. We're ALL living on the same singular planet, folks. You either want to help it or not.
KPN More than 1 year ago
This book is well organized, has wonderful photography and presents the information in a clear and concise manner. The general public would do well to read this book and appreciate the world's need to change its perception of what is happening to the environment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent - do buy this book! I loved it. While you are here, check out Trash Talk (ISBN#141372518X) which helps individuals make a real and measureable difference in their communities and in the world... simply through better waste and resource management!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, by the former U.S. Vice President, serves or should serve, as a 'wake up' call to all of the inhabitants of this (our only, so far) planet. Mr. Gore gives many instances of how humanity's wasteful, and dangerous, consumption of fossil based fuels, primarily oil, have contributed to 'green house' gases which have let global warming develop at an alarming rate. It's easy for Conservatives to dismiss this a 'tree hugging' and 'liberal nonsense'. They are endangering all of us with such as dismissive view. It is not too late to save our planet, if we would heed Mr. Gore's words. Let's hope more of us are listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very compelling, but the video is better. The current administration has set this nation back at least 50 years, and its environmental policies are actually inimical to the general welfare. We really must get away from red or blue and start doing the right thing. Addressing our impact on the environment is not a political issue, it is a moral one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book even if you know nothing about the climate whatsoever. Provides excellent background knowledge and all counter arguments i thought of have been discussed by the end of the book(not a scientist so i dont know everything about the subject, just a few tidbits). A must read book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is highly educational and very accessible, even if you don't know much of anything about climate change before you read it. I found it very compelling, because Gore makes a very strong case for all of us to stop viewing the global warming crisis in terms of politics. It is indeed an 'inconvenient truth' that no matter how much power or money a person has, it's utterly meaningless if the planet is dying. You will really see the big picture if you read this book. The strongest example is in the fact that Gore only discusses the political aspect of global warming in the context of the crisis as a whole. This is not a politically motivated book, and that is the whole point in my opinion. Let's just get past this red-vs.-blue thing and focus on what matters, the earth that sustains us and that we must work harder to sustain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was an outstanding movie although I have not yet read the book. People should act now on what you are trying to persue. Although I am only 13 years old (I want to start to help out the enviornment at a young age.)I have a great impact on things like this. We should all be aware of these disasters that are happening in the world and help now. Thank you Al for making a difference in me and in many others out their. ( can't wait to read the book!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
All those doubters who believe global warming to be a hoax should take careful note: the information in this book systematically shows that our best science in the present era is indisputable. Global Climate Change as accelerated by human fossil fuel use IS occuring. Mr. Gore does a fantastic job of presenting evidence that anyone can relate to. Someone unfamilliar with the topic might not understand 600,000 years of ice core data, but they can understand that birds are migrating differently, species are cropping up where they shouldn't be, and wild weather disasters are more common. This book is not going to teach a seasoned environmentalist much, but the stunning clarity of the writing and the presentation of the facts as such is enough to prompt a thorough reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what your politics the overwhelming majority of scientific evidence points to the fact that we, as a species, are changing our environment in a way which is already detrimental to our wellbeing and that of future generations. We do have the ability to turn this process around, but first we have to accept the reality of our impact and then we have to CARE... if not for our own wellbeing then for that of our children - who will inherent our legacy. We simply must realize that we cannot continue to see ourselves as somehow seperated from the earth system, somehow immune to all of the toxins that we continue spill onto the surface and into the atomsphere of what is the only home that God gave us to experience as human beings. We simply must take seriously our responsibility as stewards of the planet. If we continue to function under this delusion of psychological disconnect - or lack of responsibility - we will nonetheless be held accountable. It is as simple as cause and effect. Truly everything and everyone is subject to the laws of cause and effect. Gore's message isn't about politics. Democrats and Republicans alike, we are all down stream from somebody and we are all upstream from somebody. We are in this together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
[Note: Not reviewing the man here, just the book, and I urge other reviewers to do the same - as tempting as it is, this is not a political forum.] Gore's facts are legion, and his way of stringing them together is intelligent and compelling, building a powerful picture of a world ecology at risk. Have you been wondering if it's your imagination that the lilacs are blooming earlier and earlier ... no, it isn't. It's just one of the 'Inconvenient Truths' that we don't want to look at about how our globe is changing faster than we imagined was possible. Without being alarmist, this is an important, worthy and well-researched book, well worth your time, and will provoke thought. My only wish is for more solutions to the dilemma we seem to have created for ourselves.
lindseynichols on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
an accessible, visual way to get a handle on well-labeled data about global warming and climate change. the family anecdotes from al gore's life felt sort of thrown in, but i can see why having them in the book is a good move - people are always calling al gore stiff, unemotional, cardboard, etc. but who cares about charisma when the man can fit an enormous amount of useful data into a book that's *easily readable and absorbable*, with lots of arresting photographs. charts are labeled, sources are cited. i dunno. i think this is a dazzling reach-out to a broad spectrum of people, including the folks who don't read that much; it looks like a coffee-table book, but it actually contains substansive and useful data! and that's really an achievement. i'm glad i read it and i'm glad al gore is around, doing what he does. maybe we can all pull ourselves together and avoid a global cataclysm for another hundred years or so.
dlevinson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review of film on which book is based.We saw Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth this weekend (July 17, 2006). I had actually already read the book, and was curious to see his Apple Keynote based presentation, just to see what state of the art is in presentations (not a bullet-point to be seen), as well of course to be warned that the world as we know it is coming to an end, and if I do nothing, it is my own damn fault. The movie basically stars Keynote, with Al Gore as a supporting actor.Lots has been said about if this Al Gore was what we saw in 2000, ... maybe he would have been elected President. I am not sure the average American really wants to hear about environmental problems though, but at least he wouldn't have been quite so stiff or in search of himself. He certainly could have pulled some votes from the left, but would he have lost the center?Unfortunately, this movie is an eye-opener for people. I say unfortunately, for their eyes should have been opened before. The CO2 data is not new, though some of the pictures of receding glaciers are.The movie remains a brilliant piece of propaganda. (It is propaganda, not science, not even science reporting, since it is in the end a call to action, not merely information). Al Gore asserts consensus in the scientific community about the direction of global climate change (on average it is getting warmer and more carbon dioxidic) and in a bit of a shell game implies there is also consensus about the magnitude of change, and its consequences.In particular, it is worthwhile to consider the Daisyworld Model as a possible framework for considering consequences.What happens when CO2 goes up? Temperature rises. What happens when temperatures rise? Things that thrive in a warmer environment are more successful. One question is, does that success then dampen the increase? I.e. does the life in the warm environment (e.g. the increased proliferation of life in what once was polar bear country, the giant frozen landmasses and sheets of ice of the northern hemisphere) then absorb more CO2, limiting the effect? The second question is: how long does it take? (And what people and what species get displaced in the meantime).The Figure used from the Vostok Antarctica ice core, which was also in the movie, correlates dust, CO2 and temperature over the past 400,000 years. Note that every increase is followed by a crash (there does not seem to be a secular trend). (Interestingly the rises are faster than the falls.)Some of the variation is due to solar-earth variations, e.g. (Milankovitch cycles), clearly an exogenous source (the earth's weather and biology is not changing the Earth's tilt (we hope)), but that must be coupled with biological responses.A manmade exogenous force (CO2) might be expected to have effects on climate as well, but perhaps those are self-limiting (see Daisy World or the cyclic evidence), or maybe they will run amok (see the planet Venus), we don't know. It is all very complicated.That doesn't mean we shouldn't act, but why do humans need propoganda and false certainties presented to us to act?So, see the film, and act. Or don't see the film and act. Or see the film and don't act. Or don't see the film and don't act. Those are your choices.
tracyfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read An Inconvenient Truth again now that climate change is a more mainstream topic and the hoopla over the movie has passed. My reread reminded me of how moving I found Al Gore's personal story and how inspiring I found his view that the climate crisis "offers us the chance to experience what very few generations in history have had the privilege of knowing: a generational mission; the exhilaration of a compelling moral purpose, a shared and unifying cause; the thrill of being forced by circumstances to put aside the pettiness and conflict that so often stifle the restless human need for transcendence; the opportunity to rise." While it may strike some as overly dramatic, in light of recent events I find this insight from 2006 eerily prescient.Often books dealing with environmental issues and current events become quickly dated. An Inconvenient Truth mainly deals with the scientific data behind global warming, laying out the case that human activities are releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, causing global warming and ultimately endangering the natural systems that regulate the planet. All of this data still seems relevant. The book still makes the case for taking action on climate change very eloquently (and convincingly in my opinion) with words, charts and graphs, maps and stunning photographs. Its layout and typography seem fresh and contemporary, but serious and scientific at the same time. It closely mirrors the movie and at times leaves the reader with that same "Powerpoint Overload!!!" feeling. Nonetheless, I find it an excellent presentation overall. To me, it is the fact that only 20 of 320 pages are devoted to solutions that makes the book seem dated. I like to think that most people who would be inclined to take action on an environmental issue now accept the reality of global warming. The only serious points of debate that remain are about the most expedient and equitable way to do so and the book provides little of relevance to this debate.
IsaacW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book based on the film by Al Gore is also wonderful. It lets you know everything you need to know about the Environment and the climate crisis. Al Gore does a very good job at portraying and describing his ideas. Right away after you read this you'll be automatically changed to an environmentalist if you weren't one already.You've got to read it!
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book that accompanies the documentary of the same name.As someone with little technical knowledge of these things, I found this book very useful. Gore presents the facts in a clear, logical way that's easy for non-scientists to understand. (Scientists and scientifically-minded individuals, in contrast, may find the book too simplistic). He uses powerful visuals and concisely stated facts to get his message across. I found the book difficult to put down. Each segment flows effortlessly into the next, effectively drawing the whole thing together.Gore has also interspersed short personal essays about his own involvement with the environment and the fight to stop climate change. These pieces added a nice personal touch and gave Gore's involvement some context. The reader learns where Gore's coming from and just why he's so committed to these issues.Highly recommended.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great format. Interesting data. Easy reading. Sobering facts.
jcranium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would leave this book at 0 on my list, if a 0 didn't signify a lack of rating. This is a boring book, a waste of paper.I'm a reasonable environmental conservative. I don't believe in using resource that don't need to be used. And I believe that anyone wasting our resources is wasting them for everyone and, as such, should be subject to ridicule, ostracism, and perhaps some fines to fund orphanages.The main problem with this book, though, is that it is utterly boring. When Gore isn't repeating discredited science (the deforestation section), he's lazily mucking through tired examples. My employer has been focused on helping the environment for over 40 years, so, when this movie came out, they pretty much made it mandatory. When I pointed out that the movie wasn't coming to where I lived, they sent me a copy of the book.I was expecting, from all the talk around me, and from the endorsement of my employer, that this book would shock me in some way, show me things I'd never known before. And all I got was a Power Point presentation of all the same old crap.I won't get into all the issues I have with Power Point, but I will say that if you think you're getting shockingly honest, high-resolution scientific information from some blowhard and a few slides, you're in serious need of an education.
whiteberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Extremely unsatisfying. Nice rhetoric but argument is underdeveloped and lacks logic. And what's all this nonsense about Gore's family?
DCArchitect on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Documentaries are the exception to the rule that making a movie into a book (rather than the other way around) generally results in a lousy book.The subject of the book and the points it makes are exactly the same as the movie. In fact, the only real difference is that the pictures don't move and the voice of the narrator is your own.If you liked the movie, the book is a great addition to your library. If you dind't like the movie, the book isn't likely to change your mind.
EowynA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a believer before, but this is overwhelming. It is clear that global warming is a fact (even though some areas, of course, will get colder as the Arctic Ice melts). The parallel pictures are the most telling to me. Pictures of the same place now, and decades ago. Lake Chad in Africa, gone. The Aral Sea, gone. Spring arriving earlier, winter arriving later. The world is changing, and will continue to change. Humanity has been part of the reason why. The current federal policies are contributors (thank you, Governor Schwartzenegger for bucking the feds on this issue). The key thing is that we can indeed stop things from snowballing faster. But change is happening. This book is scary down deep. It took longer to read than it might otherwise have, because it is so disheartening. And some people at work tell me Global Warming is a myth. I'm not prepared to debate them, but I do wonder how they can be so oblivious.
Niecierpek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very clear, beautifully illustrated, well laid out and intelaced with autobiographical bits, this slide show turned book will surely appeal to most people. If Gore's aim was to have as many people read it as possible, he did it well. The data contained in the book unequivocally point to the global warming, and should convert even the biggest skeptics.
libmhleigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this work, former vice president Al Gore takes a thorough look at the problem of global warming- and does it in a way that the average American can understand- light on scientific jargon, heavy on pictures, maps, graphs, and charts. Gore is striving to 1) convince people that global warming is a real problem and 2) convince people there is something they can and should do about it. ¿An Inconvenient Truth¿ concludes with a helpful ¿what you can do¿ section.Quote: ¿We have everything we need to begin solving this crisis, with the possible exception of the will to act.¿I was more impressed by this work than I thought I would be. First of all, whether you agree or disagree with his opinion, you have to be impressed by this work- it is beautiful, understandable, and intelligent. I took a class about global warming, but I don¿t think someone who had no particular experience with this subject would find it at all incomprehensible. Furthermore, Gore keeps the political ¿I told you so¿ to a minimum, which is to his credit, as is the fact that he focuses on science, not just sensationalism. If you have any interest in this topic, and Al Gore thinks you should, you should read this book.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book to accompany Gore's Academy-award winning movie about Global Warming. The movie reached a lot of people, and the book has followed up on that. Much of what is in the book is simply the same information from the movie, with a few added tidbits. The biggest weakness of this, and the movie, is Gore's tendancy to embrace some questionable solutions, most of which are popular with the business community and Hollywood, but which would likely have only minimal impact on global warming.
clark.hallman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is and excellent book that presents frightening, but well-documented information about the increasing levels of CO2 and the resulting global warming that Earth is experiencing. Lots or photographs, charts, graphs, and tables are included, but the test is very well-written.