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“Without talking down to readers, the authors do a masterful job of clarifying all aspects of a complicated and alarming topic, making it that much more difficult for global-warming denialists to keep their heads in the sand.” –Booklist (starred review)
"With quippy titles, helpful summaries, and a jargon-free writing style, Climate Central integrates scientific, historical, and sociological facts in an appealing and informative manner.... A great starter text on climate-change issues--fans of Bill McKibben will enjoy this work and then pass it along to skeptical friends." –Library Journal
“An ideal introduction to the facts about global warming . . . Lucidly written and thoughtful.”
“An easily digestible read, with most chapters less than three pages long. Divided into four sections (‘What the Science Says,’ ‘What’s Actually Happening,’ ‘What’s Likely to Happen in the Future,’ and ‘Can We Avoid the Risks of Climate Change?’), the book covers all the basics, including descriptions of Earth’s previous climates and how hard it is for different cultures to adjust to changes; the difference between weather and climate; the greenhouse effect; and how climate scientists’ predictions are coming true.”
“Slim and elegant…written in the kind of plain English of which Strunk and White would approve, that lays out what we know about climate change while hewing to the facts and taking great care to avoid bias and hysteria.”
—The New York Times
“Written in straightforward prose and fact-checked by the world’s eminent climate scholars, Global Weirdness reads like the 9/11 Commission Report: all of the facts, none of the hyperbole. In four succinct sections, its authors detail the truth about climate change.”
—CBS Smart Planet
“a breath of fresh air: just the facts, efficient and easy to understand. It’ll be within arm’s reach of my own desk.”
“Global Weirdness is probably the weirdest book about global warming you’re going to read…because it’s nonpartisan, making absolutely zero attempts to agitate for legislation.”
—Time Out Chicago
“so welcome…explains climate change in simple, easy-to-understand language and ultrashort chapters.”
—Mark Bittman, The New York Times
“This primer on the science of global warming provides a fact-filled explanation of how climate change impacts, and will continue to impact, our daily lives. The 60 concise and easily digestible chapters tackle such questions as: Is climate ever ‘normal’? What risks does climate change pose for human health? What are the economic costs and benefits of reducing carbon emissions? The authors are up-front about the potential downfalls of alternative energy and technological fixes.”
“Written in language that most people can understand, with nine pages of supporting scientific references, the book probably comes as close as possible to satisfying journalist Thomas Friedman’s 2010 public plea in The New York Times for a report ‘summarizing everything we already know about climate change in language a sixth grader could understand, with unimpeachable peer-reviewed footnotes’…A concise summary for anyone who wants a better understanding of what is happening to the planet and the possible actions that can be taken.”
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About the Author
This book was produced collectively by scientists and journalists at Climate Central, a nonprofit, nonpartisan science and journalism organization. It was written by Emily Elert and Michael D. Lemonick. Prior to external scientific peer review, it was reviewed by staff scientists Philip Duffy, Ph.D. (chief scientist); Nicole Heller, Ph.D. (ecosystems and adaptation); Alyson Kenward, Ph.D. (chemistry); Eric Larson, Ph.D. (energy systems); and Claudia Tebaldi, Ph.D. (climate statistics).
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The problems that I have with the book are: the title and name of the chapters are very long; the figures and graphics are not very well used because they are not referenced in the text and the lack of color make them sometime difficult to understand; the book doesn’t talk about the history of the climate change research and the name of scientists that contribute to it; sometimes the book repeat itself presenting the same topic with small changes in two different chapters; and I missed a conclusion in the end.
I would give this book to a person that is interesting in knowing the basic science and facts of the climate change but don’t have much time to spent on that because it is a quick read.
The chapters are short and easy to read and overall the book is a layman’s introduction to the effects of global warming. However, the author provides a lot of references for those who want to go deeper. The book is very well organized and it can be used as a reference book, almost like an encyclopedia. Just look in the contents for the right chapter. The chapter titles are quite descriptive. Quite often the chapter titles are questions and the chapter content encompasses the answer. The book is also well written and it does not contain any overstatements. It focuses on the established and proven science and in general avoids speculation, unless it explicitly states that it is. This may actually make the book scarier to some people. The known facts and the quite likely scenarios are pretty scary on their own, at least for future generations.
Over the last couple of years I have become increasingly interested in and worried about global warming. I‘ve studied the science behind it (I have degree in physics) and the evidence that it is happening is very compelling. Yet there is so much science denial and resistance to action in the US. My home country Sweden is handling this much better. I really hope this objective and tempered book could wake up some people.