- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470840986
- ISBN-13: 978-0470840986
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Understand global warming and what you can do to make a positive difference!
Fiercely debated in the political arena and constantly splashed across the media, global warming is a hot topic. Global Warming For Dummies sorts out fact from fiction, explaining the science behind climate change and examining the possible long-term effects of a warmer planet. This friendly guide helps readers explore solutions to this challenging problem, from what governments and industry can do to what readers can do at home and how to get involved.
Understanding the greenhouse effect — discover how greenhouse gases affect the planet's atmosphere
Tracking down the causes — investigate how society has caused a build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere
Examining global warming's effects — see the changes already taking place around the world and look at what scientists project for the future
Switching to renewable energy — find out about carbon-free alternative energy sources
Going green in business — explore how companies in every sector can help stop global warming while helping their bottom line
Taking action — check out dozens of ways you can be a part of the solution, from what you eat to what you wear to how you heat your home
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation.
Open the book and find:
How human activity is altering Earth's atmosphere
What could happen when polar ice melts
Which species could disappear if global warming continues
Carbon-reduction success stories from around the world
What the Kyoto Protocol is and what it means
How the sun, wind, earth, and ocean can all provide clean sources of energy
You can fight global warming by hopping on a bike or painting your roof white
About the Author
Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada. Dr. May is a lawyer and the author of six books on Canadian environmental issues. She has been recognized twice by the United Nations for her work in the environmental movement.
Zoe Caron serves on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club of Canada. She works with Students on Ice Expeditions, bringing students from around the world to the Arctic and Antarctic to learn about the importance of these regions.
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thanks for the quick delivery of this book.
I definitely recommend this book for people who want to learn the basics. People who already know a bit about the issues of climate change might even learn a little bit. I did.
Unfortunately, I have to detract 1 star for a lack of objectivity and some areas of the book could stand to be condensed.
I applaud May and Caron for their clear writing and solution orientation. All of us need to understand the complexities, trade offs and potential ways forward and this book is a wonderful resources in that direction! I recommend it to beginners and climate change champions alike.
Even more controversial is the assertion on pages 256-257, where May and Caron argue that people who question global warming orthodoxy should be excluded from media coverage of the issue. But Later, they claim that, "Giving both sides equal coverage creates the inaccurate perception that it's an equally weighted debate." "Because journalists are supposed to give both sides of the story, sometimes they actually create a bias in their reporting," they say. Later, they claim that, "Giving both sides equal coverage creates the inaccurate perception that it's an equally weighted debate."
They also say: "Although `balanced' reporting might seem fair, the likelihood that humans are contributing to climate change is 95 percent certain." So typical of the type, you can talk if I want to hear what you have to say, other wise shut up.
They will steer you away from books they don't like page 266.
They hate Nuclear power page 222. ( but that don't emit carbon? )
and kiwi fruit pg 90 ( has to be shipped in.)
Pg 90 also condemns product packaging, especially bubble rap and kiwi fruit ( has to be shipped in.)
On pg 39 good old h20 causes 60 percent of the planet's warming??
for us Dummies that is water
On pg 156 they are into rasing yor taxs
Elizabeth May is in the Canada Green party looking for face time and you money. In 10 yrs she will me screaming about the next Ice age and we are all going to starve as the glassier comes down ( look up the 60s and 70s and global cooling.)
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