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Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren (American and Comparative Environmental Policy) Paperback – August 3, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0262541930 ISBN-10: 0262541939 Edition: 1st

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As revealed in Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, many interest groups are involved in the debate over climate change—groups with sometimes overlapping, and frequently diverging, concerns. This book seeks to introduce readers to "the science, politics, and policies of climate change" by taking this complex phenomenon "from the laboratory to the living room." In language understandable to the layperson, the authors begin with a "primer" on the earth's climate system—a balancing act involving the atmosphere, oceans, ice masses, land surface, and the biosphere—and explain how global climate change can impact individual nations. DiMento and Doughman move on to the science of why these changes are occurring, including discussion of greenhouse gases and aerosols and their effect on melting glaciers. They stress the need for the free flow of information and an avoidance of ungrounded scare tactics, and look to the challenges that will face the next generation. A lucid argument for the importance of small, individual steps in the effort to combat global warming, as well as global policy changes. Donovan, Deborah

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"A lucid argument for the importance of small, individual steps in the effort to combat global warming, as well as global policy changes." Deborah Donovan Booklist



"This book gives a great overview of the science and politics of climate change, from the causes and effects of climate change, to what we know and do not know about the science and how that knowledge has become politicized, to the many political efforts at all levels of governance to address the issue. Climate Change is written by acknowledged experts and yet reads with one voice; written in a way that will be accessible to novices and also appreciated by scholars. It gives both accurate information and hope. If you're only going to read one book on climate change, this one would certainly be a good candidate."--Elizabeth R. DeSombre, Frost Associate Professor of Environmental Studiesand Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College

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"This ambitious book presents an accessible and engaging analysis of the multi-faceted issue of climate change. I recommend the book for anyone seeking to understand the process by which scientific consensus has been reached on the reality of human-caused climate change. I also recommend the book for those wishing to understand the societal and environmental threat posed by climate change, the challenges journalists face in conveying that threat, the political obstacles in dealing with it, and the ethical considerations that surround it."Michael Mann , Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center, and co-founder of the website "RealClimate.org"



"This book gives a great overview of the science and politics of climate change, from the causes and effects of climate change, to what we know and do not know about the science and how that knowledge has become politicized, to the many political efforts at all levels of governance to address the issue. Climate Change is written by acknowledged experts and yet reads with one voice; written in a way that will be accessible to novices and also appreciated by scholars. It gives both accurate information and hope. If you"re only going to read one book on climate change, this one would certainly be a good candidate."Elizabeth R. DeSombre , Frost Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College

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Product Details

  • Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (August 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262541939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262541930
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,425,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By converse_classic on September 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is very enlightening although easy to understand. It puts factual basis behind the global climate crisis and evaluates the real scope of the problem. It also addresses the political side of the argument in an understandable and interesting fashion. A very good read for anyone interested in the green movement, especially those who are just getting in on it.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gderf on August 9, 2012
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The book claims scientific consensus on the effect of human contribution to climate change. In fact no serious scientist claims to know the range of possibilities. The selection of articles implies contempt for readers as they are carefully chosen to omit any hint of opposing viewpoints. The book covers the balance of solar energy, without explaining any imbalance contributing to climate change. The best parts are windows containing the contributions of Keeling, Callendar, Hansen and others. Milankovich and sun spot theory are left out, as are most of the misguided political reactions, such as ethanol and California's energy edict proposition. It's light on Lorenz's chaos theory and the resulting unpredictability. The economic analysis of Nordhaus is mentioned, although not that he doesn't exhibit certainty of outcome. Saying that it's not a certainty that the sun will rise tomorrow confuses causality with statistics. Much of this reporting implies that the public is not capable of understanding the arguments. There's nothing about the statistical problems of the "hockey puck", falsified data and attendant emails, only the fictional account by Michael Crichton as a counter, which the editors find easy to ridicule. In an egalitarian diversion, the book cites the 10 richest people on the globe earning more than the bottom 20%.

This book doesn't make it easy to separate the science from political hyperbole about climate change. It's an example of proving something with a careful selection of evidence and opinion. Read 'The Deniers' by Lawrence Solomon or 'Global Warming' in the Current Controversies series.
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