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Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate [Hardcover]

Stephen H. Schneider , Tim Flannery
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Editorial Reviews

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Nobel Prize winner Schneider offers his unique perspective on four decades of global-warming science and politics. He drops names as varied as James Hansen, Stephen Jay Gould, Margaret Mead, and Al Gore while detailing the political fight to bring climate-change science into the national (and global) conversation. Of particular interest are discussions of the work accomplished at conferences and meetings over the years. Schneider’s insights into how scientific theory evolves and adjusts to new research and test methods effectively explains how clashes develop between scientists and political pundits who focus narrowly on single statements and early conclusions and miss the long course of careful proven study. Schneider’s chronology is a bit disjointed, and swipes at climate-change naysayers lower the discourse to a level his subject matter does not deserve. However, as a personal history of the environmental issue of our time, Schneider’s insider’s overview proves his thesis that the long, difficult road has been worth it. --Colleen Mondor


"Science As A Contact Sport unfolds the incredible true story of the struggle to understand the science and focus the world’s attention on the climate crisis. I have worked with Steve Schneider on the scientific and policy aspects of climate change for decades, and find him adept at bringing scientific clarity to this critical issue--explaining its many facets to concerned policymakers and the public." -Al Gore

"Why haven’t we halted global warming in the decades since it became recognized as a major threat to human well-being? What should we do to halt it now? In this crystal-clear, moving, funny book, Stephen Schneider makes a highly complex subject understandable." - Jared Diamond, author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel," and "Collapse"

"Stephen Schneider is masterful at translating enormously complex scientific principles into a language that we can all comprehend."—Robert Redford

"Give Stephen Schneider points for prescience...The ominous warnings that he and other climatologists sounded...are coming true
sooner.... –

About the Author

Stephen H. Schneider, PhD, winner of a MacArthur "genius grant," also won a joint Nobel Prize in 2007 with his colleagues on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has been an expert adviser to the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and both Bush administrations.
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