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Beating the Heat Why and How We Must Combat Global Warming Paperback – January 1, 2000
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The one thing that keeps me from rating this as five stars is the fact that the explanation behind the mechanisms behind global warming are very basic - this may have been due to a desire on the author's part to make this accessible to the layperson. However, I got the feeling while reading this that there could have been more detail in explaining the complex processes and alternate scenarios he hints at, so I came away from this with a sense that he gave enough information but not all he could have.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in the global warming discussion, particularly to those interested in actually helping to do something to halt it.
With Shell and BP executives now admitting that global warming is real, is serious, and needs to be dealt with, people need to take this seriously! Why would these multi-billion dollar companies go out against carbon emissions when that is their cash crop, unless they had a really good moral reason to?
Note that the two one star reviewers didn't believe in global warming; note also that they were written 5 years ago. It is a scientific consensus, with little opposition even by industry, that global warming is actually occurring due to human activity. I'm sure each of the reviewers below has changed their mind (assuming they actually read the book and watch/read the news).
That being said, the predictions today for the temperature changes in the next 100 years are more extreme than they were when this book was written, and likely more accurate because more accurate models have been developed. Regardless, this book explains enough for anyone's purpose to get them to act.
If not this book, read some book on global warming. Read the news and actually research this. It may take a lot of effort, but the importance of the issue demands that. A little sidenote...
Making the necessary changes can actually SAVE YOU MONEY (you reduce energy waste, you save a lot of money on your energy bill). The honest truth is, the average American home can reduce its energy bill by over 30% by buying energy efficient appliances and making appropriate and reasonable changes (with no change in lifestyle habits). Not only this, but the energy savings MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR THE INITIAL COST OVER TIME OF THE ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCTS. (For example, replacing a 15 y.o. fridge can save $60/year in energy costs.) Please look into energy efficiency and make an effort to help reduce CO2 emissions while saving yourself some moola at the same time. If you can put in a little money and have the desire to, you can also buy renewable energy from your energy provider (available in many areas). [...] Most places have green energy for a reasonable premium (some areas are not so reasonable, at least at the time of this writing).
I never cease to be amazed why so many people seem to have the need to believe in some imanent doom. Maybe they believe in incipient disaster because it gives them the chance to order people about. I suggest that we all ignore the enviro-ninnies and go on living happy lives, free from the tension and pressure that these silly people foist upon us in the mistaken belief that they are helping us, whilst in truth they are really helping themselves.