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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Speaker's Corner; First Edition edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193621802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936218028
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,375,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a remarkable reexamination of past and present behavior, author and editor Beth Conover compiled a collection of essays from journalists, policy makers, environmentalists and business executives offering a brutally candid assessment of climate change in the western United States...Conover offers an alternative to the mainstream scientific (yawn) books and offers readers hope and humor, insights and inspiration...one of the most engrossing takes on climate change. --The Camera by Bette Erickson on January 24, 2010

If the words "climate change" and "global warming" make you want to yawn, this extremely readable collection of essays might give you a fresh new perspective. --The Pueblo Chieftain by Mary Jean Porter

About the Author

Beth Conover has worked for 25 years at the intersection of environmental protection and economic development. As policy advisor to Denver mayor John Hickenlooper, she was the architect of Greenprint Denver, one of the nation's earliest and largest urban sustainability programs. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds a joint MBA/masters of environmental studies from Yale University.

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Kirk R. Johnson is the Sant Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He received his PhD in geology and paleobotany from Yale University in 1989, and did postdoctoral research in the rainforests of northern Australia before joining the Denver Museum of Natural History in 1991, where he directed the installation of the museum's Prehistoric Journey exhibit. His research focuses on fossil plants, the environmental effects of the dinosaur-smiting asteroid, and the birth and death of biomes. Johnson also works with artists to create accurate and plausible paintings, murals, and dioramas of prehistoric landscapes, several of which are on display in the Colorado Convention Center. Johnson lives in Washington, D. C.

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A new energy infrastructure will cost trillions of dollars.
Mark Stevens
The collection of essays in How the West Was Warmed was put together by one of my modern day heroes, Beth Conover.
Jennifer Zito
A friend recommended this book so I quickly skimmed it and was immediately fascinated by the topics covered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Neff on December 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have to admit I was a bit dubious that Beth Conover could herd this many cats into anything resembling a cohesive story line. But this book really works, thanks to a combination of top-drawer prose, astute environmental writing and sharp policy analysis. These features don't necessarily show up in the same essays (though often enough, they do), but instead mix together into a rich read. "How the West Was Warmed" leaves one with an excellent understanding of how climate change is affecting the West, as well as some of the key initiatives we should be taking to mitigate it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Myra W. Isenhart on December 7, 2009
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How the West Was Warmed holds the reader's attention by offering a mix of style and content. Some essays are primarily factual/scientific, some are essentially editorial/opinion writing, others center on personal stories that illustrate and engage the reader. The book is well organized into easily read short pieces. The tone is compelling without being apocalyptic. A must for those who care about the health of Western water, air and land.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Thorpe on December 20, 2009
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I would recommend HOW THE WEST WAS WARMED to anybody who lives in the West or cares about this region. This fabulous collection of essays describes how climate change manifests itself, from the vanishing snow pack and the horror of pine beetle infestations, to green jobs and the new energy economy. The book is a great way to understand the local impact of global climate change. A must read for everyone in the Rocky Mountain West.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Zito on December 14, 2009
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This is one of the books we may be handing the next generation to read when they ask "What was it like to live at the time when global warming first became a problem?" It is an interesting collection of short essays by thoughtful and articulate people which combines their own personal reflections on their love of the rocky mountains, western plains, forests, and waters, with their thoughts about what can be done to help make responsible changes as an individual person in one's own life or as a member of a larger community.

This is a lovely bed-side book, since the variety of short essays is easy to sample from, easy and accessible to read, but full of thoughtful observations that you may find yourself reflecting on over the next few days and gently influencing your own behavior and plans. Here are a few samples to give you a feel for some of the variety in the book:

In journalist John Daley's essay, he interweaves a story of a 14-hour train trip with his young daughter across the western plains and foothills of Colorado's high country and the eastern deserts and ranges of Utah, with his reflections on why the important stories of global warming don't get the coverage and the emphasis they warrant by journalists. I was half bemused and half saddened by his contrasting the in-depth coverage of the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson with the glancing coverage of recent studies about what will happen if we continue our current rates of carbon emission, such as a study by MIT finding that we could see a temperature hike of 10 degrees for the planet, or a study this year by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which "predicted dust bowl-like conditions in the Southwest and elsewhere, which would be 'largely irreversible' for a thousand years".
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