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Van Jones, Al Gore, Elizabeth Kolbert, Naomi Klein, and other essential voices on global warming, from its 19th-century discovery to the present, in a volume edited by Bill McKibben, our most widely respected environmental writer
With the rise of extreme weather events worldwidewitness the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Katrina, and the sustained drought across the American Westglobal warming has become increasingly difficult to deny.
What is happening to our planet? And what can we do about it? The Global Warming Reader provides more than thirty-five answers to these burning questions, from more than one hundred years of engagement with the topic. Here is Elizabeth Kolbert's groundbreaking essay "The Darkening Sea," Michael Crichton's skeptical view of climate change, George Monbiot's biting indictment of those who are really using up the planet's resources, NASA scientist James Hansen's testimony before the U.S. Congress, and clarion calls for action by Al Gore, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Van Jones, and many others. The Global Warming Reader is a comprehensive resource, expertly edited by someone who lives and breathes this defining issue of our time.
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About the Author
Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, and The Age of Missing Information. He is a frequent contributor to such publications as Outside, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books, and a former staff writer at the New Yorker.
Table of Contents
Introduction Bill McKibben 9
Part I Science
On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground Svante Arrhenius 19
The Artificial Production of Carbon Dioxide and Its Influence on Temperature G.S. Callendar 33
Carbon Dioxide Exchange between Atmosphere and Ocean and the Question of an Increase of Atmospheric CO2 during the Past Decades Roger Revelle Hans E. Suess 39
The Keeling Curve Dave Keeling 45
Statement of Dr. James Hansen James Hansen 47
Summary for Policymakers: The Science of Climate Change IPCC Working Group I 55
The "Anthropocene" Paul J. Crutzen Eugene F. Stoermer 69
The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change Naomi Oreskes 75
Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim? James Hansen 81
Causes of the Russian Heat Wave and Pakistani Floods Jeff Masters 89
Part II Politics
from Earth in the Balance Al Gore 97
"The Battle for Control of Reality" from The Heat Is On Ross Gelbspan 105
Remarks at the Kyoto Climate Change Conference Al Gore 127
"Is Your Stomach Too Full?" from Earth Odyssey Mark Hertsgaard 135
The Science of Climate Change: Senate Floor Statement James M. Inhofe 165
from State of Fear Michael Crichton 193
from An Inconvenient Truth Al Gore 209
from The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems Van Jones 211
Climate Generation:! The Evolution of the Energy Action Coalition's Strategy Billy Parish 225
To Really Save the Planet, Stop Going Green Mike Tidwell 233
Climate Rage Naomi Klein 239
This Is Fucked Up-It's Time to Get Mad, and Then Busy Bill McKibben 251
The Green Generation Adrienne Maree Brown 259
The Population Myth George Monbiot 269
Global Warming Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near James Hansen 275
Speech at Klimaforum Mohamed Nasheed 285
Part III Impact
from The End of Nature Bill McKibben 293
John 5:1-9 Sally Bingham 299
Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action The Evangelical Climate Initiative 309
An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and its Implications for United States National Security Peter Schwartz Doug Randall 319
"The Briefing" from Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers Arundhati Roy 351
Images David Breashears E. O. Wheeler 361
Climate Change and Agriculture Dr. Vandana Shiva 365
Images Gary Braasch 373
The Darkening Sea: What Carbon Emissions Are Doing to the Ocean Elizabeth Kolbert 377
Nepal's Farmers on the Front Line of Global Climate Change John Vidal 401
What People are Saying About This
“Relevant, timely, and engaging . . . Among the many books available on global warming, this one is unique. . . . One would be hard pressed to create a better list of documents. . . . Highly recommended for lay readers, professionals and activists, and a worthy addition to any general library collection.” —Electronic Green Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this to be both interesting and informative, with many aspects of climate change covered in the readings that are either excerpted or included in their entirety. (And I apologize for immediately voicing a gripe, but it is sometimes annoying that McKibben does not always make it clear which is the case for any given paper. For example, the first reading is from Arrhenius's seminal 1896 paper on the role of carbon dioxide in the greenhouse effect, and in his introduction to the reading McKibben makes a point of how close the paper's estimate of the temperature rise caused by carbon dioxide is to the modern one, but then one is surprised to find that the reading says nothing about this! I checked the original source, and discovered that McKibben had omitted the early part of Arrhenius's paper where this was covered, probably for good reason due to its technical nature, but McKibben still should have warned us. To pick a nit, McKibben also should not have repeated that purported quote by Arrhenius about "evaporating our coal mines into the air" without knowing that it is a modern invention, not something Arrhenius ever said or wrote; see the paper by Pilsen, Ambio 35, 130 (2006).) The three sections of the book sort the papers into ones covering science, politics, and impact, and there is much to be learned from this book in all three areas. However, as the title of this review indicates, I would not recommend this to someone confused about the current pseudo-debate on climate change who is looking for enough information to sort the matter out, until they have read at least one other book on the subject that states the case more dispassionately. I actually agree with McKibben's position on almost all matters related to the urgency of dealing with climate change, but whenever I read his work I get a bit uncomfortable with his sometimes messianic tone. (Note, for example, the first of the two readings in this volume from his own work, titled "This is F***** Up -- It's time to Get Mad, Then Busy". I replaced those letters with asterisks; McKibben was more frank.) This may work well as a rallying cry for the already committed, but can turn off the intelligent person whose politics may not agree with McKibben's but who is getting worried about what is happening to the planet and wants to know more about it. A better first read for that person would be, say, Spencer Weart's marvelous book "The Discovery of Global Warming". Be sure to get the revised and expanded edition. But McKibben does give time to the opposition. This is the first place I've read an actual portion of James Inhofe's Senate speech in which he made that oft-quoted statement about global warming being such a great hoax. For the student who is at least a few weeks into first-term calculus, here is a homework assignment: Find the hilarious blunder that completely invalidates the conclusion Inhofe draws from it. For extra credit, explain why, even if he had not confused a function with its derivative, the time frames he cites would invalidate his conclusion anyway.
This should be mandatory reading for all Americans. It's time for us to step up and do something about emissions, globally which we produce and have historically produced far more than our fair share. So what can we do? As mentioned by Mike Tidewell in his essay "To Really Save the Planet, Stop Going Green", we need to start putting pressure on our politicians to put into law policies that reduce emissions, in other words, an emissions cap bill (not just covering carbon). Anyone who can actually achieve this, will have my vote.