"This is, for my money, the best single-source primer on the state of climate change." - New York Magazine
"The right book at the right time: accessible, comprehensive, unflinching, humane." - The Daily Beast
"A must-read." - The Guardian
The essential primer on what will be the defining issue of our time, Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know is a clear-eyed overview of the science, conflicts, and implications of our warming planet.
From Joseph Romm, Chief Science Advisor for National Geographic's Years of Living Dangerously series and one of Rolling Stone's "100 people who are changing America," Climate Change offers user-friendly, scientifically rigorous answers to the most difficult (and commonly politicized) questions surrounding what climatologist Lonnie Thompson has deemed "a clear and present danger to civilization."
New questions about climate change addressed in this guide include:
Analysis of the Paris climate agreement, including the United States' withdrawal
Examines implications of the clean energy revolution, from solar and wind power to batteries and electric cars
The latest on climate science, including updates on efforts to stem or slow climate change
Insights into what Donald Trump's presidency means for climate action in the US and internationally
As the global response to climate change continues to evolve, Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know offers smart, unbiased answers to the most difficult questions in an area dogged by misunderstanding and politicization.
About the Author
Joseph Romm, Ph.D., is one of the country's most influential communicators on climate science and solutions. Romm is Chief Science Advisor for "Years of Living Dangerously," which won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. He is the founding editor of Climate Progress, which New York Times columnist Tom Friedman called "the indispensable blog." In 2009, Time named him one of its "Heroes of the Environment," calling him "The Web's most influential climate-change blogger." In 2009, Rolling Stone put Romm on its list of 100 "people who are reinventing America." Romm was acting assistant secretary of energy in 1997, where he oversaw $1 billion in low-carbon technology development and deployment. He is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.
Table of Contents
PREFACE: Why You Need To Know About Climate Change
I. Climate Science Basics
II. Extreme Weather and Climate Change
III. Projected Climate Impacts
IV. Avoiding The Worst Impacts
V. Climate Politics and Policies
VI. The Role of Clean Energy
VII. Climate Change and You