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ISBN-13: 978-0143121893 ISBN-10: 0143121898 Edition: Original
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“Relevant, timely, and engaging . . . Among the many books available on global warming, this one is unique. . . . One would be hard pressed to create a better list of documents. . . . Highly recommended for lay readers, professionals and activists, and a worthy addition to any general library collection.” —Electronic Green Journal

About the Author

Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, and The Age of Missing Information. He is a frequent contributor to such publications as Outside, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books, and a former staff writer at the New Yorker.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143121898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143121893
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and numerous other books. He is the founder of the environmental organizations Step It Up and 350.org, and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.

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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Edward on September 18, 2011
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In GWR, Bill Mckibben (editorially) lays it out for anyone to see and understand. There is no controversy anymore. That was yesterday. We have changed our climate and the time for action is unfortunately now. If you don't believe that, then you must be living in a dark cave. If you (or we) don't care, then perhaps that's another problem. Read the book. It's made up of a variety voices on the subject dating back to the very concept of man-made climate change. If you can get by the first few, very detailed, scientific explanations of atmospheric CO2 and temperature correlation dating back to the late 19th century, the remaining texts and reports are more then entertaining. They are disturbing. Hopefully, disturbing enough to wake you up from your indifference, or disbelief, and prompt you to help with a incredibly challenging paradigm shift in how we conduct ourselves on this planet. Waiting another 10 or 20 years is not an option, unless, of course, we just don't care what we leave behind for our kids. The point of no return is about now.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FarmerZita on February 12, 2014
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Starts with early scientific recognition that fossil fuel emissions were warming northern Europe over a century ago (and wouldn't that be great, as it was too darn cold, and the growing season too short). McKibben collects key articles through the decades, predicting global warming, documenting (or denying) growing evidence, and vividly recounting impacts of ocean acidification, extreme weather, and other climate changes. A middle section is devoted to efforts to counter anthropogenic damage, from bottom-up individual and community work, to top-down efforts (Rio, Kyoto, Copenhagen...). We hear from young and old, US and international, across cultural and political spectra. This collection shares facts and fiction, fears and frustration, images and hope.

Climate and climate science are changing so rapidly that anything in this genre is rapidly rather outdated. Update this reading with the new 2013 IPCC AR5 report - at least the Summary for Policymakers, or the Abstracts by Fire & Water at Evergreen. James Hansen, Elizabeth Kolbert, and other authors in McKibben's collection continue to publish new insights.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Hunter on April 14, 2013
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Includes a reasonably good summary of the issues. A good quick reference. Not much regarding possible paths forward which would give the reader a place to start their own effort.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Priyanka Doddapaneni on March 2, 2014
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The author's selection of articles and writings to include in this book were well thought out. He had a true understanding of exactly what the reader's needed to be exposed to, to get a better idea of this very relevant topic of global warming.
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By Edward R. Roehm on February 21, 2015
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an excellent book for a reader who Is just being introduced to the history of global warming.
Includes very readable excerpts from important writings by the most important people in this science.
After reading this you can make rational argument with anyone you know who's a climate change denier.
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This is all stuff we need to know, but much more difficult to wade through than Bill McKibben's other books, which are entertaining and fascinating.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Crooks on March 22, 2014
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This collection of essays ranges from supporters aware of climate change to deniers of it. It looks at the science, politics and impact, again from varying perspectives. It can be read in quick "bites", or at extensive readings. It is not as comprehensive as Tim Flannery's "The Weather Makers", but is more up to date having been published in 2011. I will use it in a discussion group of thoughtful adults whose knowledge of climate change is, I believe, fairly limited. The book makes a good introduction to what many people believe is a controversial topic.
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