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Earth under Fire: How Global Warming Is Changing the World Hardcover – October 15, 2007
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Photojournalist and author Braasch (Photographing the Patterns of Nature) uses his award-winning skill behind the camera to produce a practical, level-headed and thorough overview of the current state of global warming, from a ground-level definition to stunning images of its effects: villages swept away by encroaching water, immigrating plant populations, disappearing glaciers and decimated habitats. Braasch discusses rationally the current and future impact of global warming-showing how "the earth is becoming a different planet as the ice withdraws"-bolstering statistics such as "Americans spend $450,000 a minute on imported oil" and "634 million people are no more than 33 feet above sea level" with well-informed text, charts, maps and sidebars from scholars and activists. The last third is devoted to "choosing a safer, cleaner, and cooler world," looking at how renewable fuels, energy conservation and efficiency, green building standards and local eating have a real impact on the planet's health. Happily, Braasch's view is hopeful, even when contemplating the world without us: "life will go on in some form whether or not coral reefs or rainforests exist, or whether atmospheric oxygen is reduced by half or carbon dioxide quadrupled." Color illus.
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I have followed this issue for years, and still learned from his "Global Warming and Climate Change Explained," and from his history of the UN Climate Treaty and Kyoto Protocol (two pages or less for each). Fully documented, one quarter of the book is about solutions. Suitable for everyone, experienced and new. I gave a copy to an environmental educator friend and to my 16 year old goddaughter.
"Earth Under Fire," by Gary Braasch is an impressive book that attempts to touch people's hearts about the impact of global warming. Mr. Braasch is a world environmental photojournalist and his photo-journalistic series "World View of Global Warming" recorded the effects of global warming in many countries of the world. According to Braasch, "Because many popular articles and books on climate change have been based on predictions, which are easily dismissed, I wanted to look at the Earth itself and report on the changes I saw already under way."
The book begins with the effects of global warming such as the melting of the ice shelf, the receding of mountain glaciers, changes in animal migration, and the strong impact on human life. The most significant characteristic of this book is that it is not similar to other books that also describe global warming. Mr. Braasch uses a number of shocking photos that help the readers understand the same problem more deeply. According to Vanity Fair Magazine, "This may be the most deeply researched photo book of all time."
Global warming is changing the earth that we are living in, and many of us already know that. However, what we lack is awareness of how serious this problem is. If human beings do not change the way they obtain energy, the earth will not be a comfortable place to live anymore. "Earth Under Fire" is an impressive, informative book that can help us realize the serious impact of global warming. As Al Gore so clearly stated "The power of Gary Braasch's personal witness to the climate crisis makes this essential reading for every citizen."
Braasch's research is meticulous, and he goes out of his way to note dissenting views, but the conclusions are crisp and clear as a warming Arctic winter day--the planet is getting hotter and this can only mean trouble. If you have time to read one book on the current reality and looming consequences of global warming, this is it.
Sample info from Earth Under Fire: Stand-by mode of electronic gadgets consumes 6 percent of US electricity--one coal-fired electrical generation plant produces as much CO2 as 1.5 million cars--coal power plant pollutants kill 24,000-30,000 US citizens every year--and 10 times that many Chinese.