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Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2011
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He also analyzes ways of dealing with the problem, both from a phasing out CO2 emissions perspective, but he also analyzes proposed geo-engineering stop gaps - which would be possibly used when we blow the deadlines (as we're on track to) and face disastrous consequences. He analyzes how this scientific based problem became enmeshed into ideological struggles in the US, Australia and Canada and not other parts of the World (for the most part) - fascinating analysis.
Regarding the previous reviewers opinion on the authors analysis of Coal CCS - I have to disagree with what the reviewer said.Read more ›
He believes that irreversible changes are coming at a rate higher than even recent generally accepted predictions, so that the goal, for example, of the U.S. and British governments to achieve 80 percent cuts to emissions by 2050, is not enough. To illustrate what may be coming, then, he creates a number of fictitious scenarios, set at various times in the relatively near future. These scenarios are possible futures he imagines in a world increasingly under stress from the effects of climate change. They illustrate his point that global warming is not the relatively easy problem that, for example, CFC's and the ozone layer was, where the world could simply rally together and deal effectively with it.
Though there are technological hurdles to be overcome, they are not insurmountable, and could largely be dealt with in the next couple of decades if the international community, with a single mind, made a decision to move away from oil and coal energy sources and develop alternatives. Of course that would include, among other projects, building five million wind turbines around the world in the next five years - quite an undertaking, but certainly doable, especially if you consider that the world builds 65 million cars a year.Read more ›
Dyer got up to speed on this issue in part by interviewing many of the senior scientists personally. He has been mostly interested in military issues until now. Read this book, and you'll discover that climate change is a military issue. Perhaps the dire scenarios Dyer calmly discusses here will help more people understand that this issue must be faced at some point. Maybe, beyond hope or expectation, we'll be able to do more in the way of changing the way we use energy to support our way of life now rather than waiting to be overcome by events, such as increased international tension leading to war, later.
My main caveat with Dyer's analysis comes over his assessment of carbon capture and storage. It seems to me he's just buying into the widespread rejection of what Big Coal has done over the last number of years as they touted carbon capture while not building a single full scale plant anywhere in the world. People are rejecting the technology rather than the politics Big Coal employed, and Dyer has fallen into this trap. He says people "believe" in carbon capture but are "delusional" as if the IPCC itself wasn't the foundation for the interest. But this is a minor point: he's only devoted a few pages to carbon capture in this book.
Otherwise, everything else in this book indicates Dyer is thinking for himself after careful study. Dyer is a good writer who has looked deeply into the subject. He has a unique perspective, he writes what he thinks, and what he thinks is worth paying attention to.
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It’s a well written book and very informative with relevant details, providing mostly plausible versions of future events if Humans (governments, industries, and societies) fail to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ron
Consider this a study guide to learn about climate change. It provides some fairly outlandish scenarios (and historically defendable in premise) to guide the discussion and explain... Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. J. Jones
I do recognize that inciting fear can cause problems. On the other hand, like the "scared straight" programs that brought convicts out of prison to steer troubled youths away from... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Christopher Paul Winter
Read this book! It's gripping stuff, often reading like a political thriller, that really brings to life the way climate change is likely to affect us. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark Mann
Gywnne Dyer really brings the critical issues regarding the consequences of climate change to the reader in a way that is informed, sobering, and easy to follow. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael
Dyer compiles and objectively evaluates the opinions of experts from security studies, policy analysis, and a range of natural sciences, to propose a series of scenarios that could... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dissapointed
Much better books out there...I should of passed on this one. ...too long winded as well and boring. What a shame for such an important topic.Published on December 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Great book and was in fantastic condition. It was previously a library book so it was hardcover but it was absolutely perfect.Published on September 1, 2013 by kaitlindailey
Global climate change and its consequences is one of the most important issues for the coming years and decades. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by George Sand