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Annotated bibliography of climate change and resource depletion
on April 22, 2012
Summary: (1-10 scale,10 best) Distraction 0, Instruction 7, Inspiration 3
Reviewer: Curmudgeon who,between naps, crusades against the non-fiction book format. Almost all could be a magazine article with better teaching aids. I want obvious concern for the reader with introductions to each section,conclusions, graphs, tables, illustrations, highlights and boxes. I want a DVD of the illustrations and the powerpoint notes tucked into the back cover. A video would be nice. How about the University of Guido Sarducci summary,things you should remember next year. Keep the names embedded in the text to a minimum. Use footnotes if necessary. Few readers care about priority.
Distraction: This is a negative distraction book, telling us to wake up from our sleep. But some details get interesting, the ozone layer, Thomas Midgely as the Wanker of the 20th century for promoting freon and tetraethyl lead, and the views on Gaia. Some find doomer porn oddly distracting. There is no negative scale but zero is close.
Instruction: Not a bad summary of some resource depletion and global warming issues. You can find more details in TheOilDrum archives and blogroll. There are none of the above aids, no easy online sources, nothing to take into the grange, guild, or classroom tomorrow. The instruction ends with the last page.
Inspiration: No specific call to action. No ALL CAPS. To be fair most books in the field find specific armageddon advice difficult. "Honest hope" seems a little thin after 250 pages. Worrying about increased volatility on a geologic time scale is a low priority. The ozone is an important story. Loving Gaia is ok even if some argue about the science of the earth as a living organism. The Big Bang wasn't very big and made not a sound.
Conclusion: A fairly good quality example of a species of book which should become extinct.