Beating the Heat is for people who are neither scientists nor technically trained but are concerned about the environment. John Berger, who has a Ph.D. in ecology, explains to readers in a nontechnical, friendly style what's causing climate problems, why climate change is so dangerous, and how it can be remedied to make a safer world. Berger suggests steps that can be adopted immediately to help fight global warming. He explains that just as recycling and other types of resource conservation became part of the daily routine for millions of Americans in the past decade, the threat of rising temperatures is poised to encourage new habits that can preserve a healthy planet. Berger's focus on individual responses to this crisis offers readers hope that their individual actions can work for the greater good.