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5.0 out of 5 stars The major public health problem
As a pediatrician interested in preserving the health of the children of the world, I recommend reading this new book. It points out the danger of our continued pollution of our world - especially the greenhouse gasses, and the hope for doing something about it. Everyone can profit from reading it and join his plea to do something about it. Damage is already being seen as...
Published on May 4, 2009 by James E. Jones

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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
The best thing about this book is that it is printed on recycled paper.

Unfortunately, all the information is recycled, too. A long-time political activist, the author simply reiterates old-green dogma in the face of an unprecedented crisis.

He grasps the nature of the problem but falls short on solutions. So we read more pleas for intermittent and...
Published on February 10, 2010 by Flat_Tire


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The major public health problem, May 4, 2009
This review is from: Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future (Hardcover)
As a pediatrician interested in preserving the health of the children of the world, I recommend reading this new book. It points out the danger of our continued pollution of our world - especially the greenhouse gasses, and the hope for doing something about it. Everyone can profit from reading it and join his plea to do something about it. Damage is already being seen as the glaciers melt threating the water supply. The hope is that we will care enough to demand action! James E. Jones MD
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight to Read, September 12, 2009
This review is from: Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future (Hardcover)
A really fine book -- and, with its informal, lively and accessible prose style, a delight to read. Musil's perspective is appropriately broad throughout. He has done his homework, and obviously thought about the issues wisely and humanely.

Chapters 1-4 and 7 are excellent summaries of a lot of material on climate change and the political, economic, and cultural forces that have brought it about and still foster its persistence; material that everyone, but especially those in high places, ought to know about.

Chapters 5-6 and 8-10 support use of the word "hope" in the book's title. Here Musil assesses the kinds of action that can be taken to prevent climate change or at least slow down its rate, and summarizes the work that has already been done or is being attempted or anticipated along these lines. The emphasis is (appropriately, given the institutional and geographic breadth of the problem) on political action. Though most of the examples are American, the perspective -- like climate change itself -- is consistently international. There is material here for all of us who would like to do something useful about checking climate change.

-- Lincoln Day
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really fine book, September 7, 2009
A really fine book -- and, with its informal, lively and accessible prose style, a delight to read. Musil's perspective is appropriately broad throughout. He has done his homework, and obviously thought about the issues wisely and humanely.

Chapters 1-4 and 7 are excellent summaries of a lot of material on climate change and the political, economic, and cultural forces that have brought it about and still foster its persistence; material that everyone, but especially those in high places, ought to know about.

Chapters 5-6 and 8-10 support use of the word "hope" in the book's title. Here Musil assesses the kinds of action that can be taken to prevent climate change or at least slow down its rate, and summarizes the work that has already been done or is being attempted or anticipated along these lines. The emphasis is (appropriately, given the institutional and geographic breadth of the problem) on political action. Though most of the examples are American, the perspective -- like climate change itself -- is consistently international. There is material here for all of us who would like to do something useful about checking climate change.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, February 10, 2010
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This review is from: Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future (Hardcover)
The best thing about this book is that it is printed on recycled paper.

Unfortunately, all the information is recycled, too. A long-time political activist, the author simply reiterates old-green dogma in the face of an unprecedented crisis.

He grasps the nature of the problem but falls short on solutions. So we read more pleas for intermittent and unpredictable energy sources, more bemoaning the world's unwillingness to cooperate with the old-green agenda, and more histrionics about proven solutions that don't fit the approved doctrine. For support, the author marshals the opinions of people who agree with him and he can't seem to find unbiased, authoritative sources that offer the desired conclusions.

There are much better books on this subject, for example, Terrestrial Energy by William Tucker.
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