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Highway to Dystopia: About spaceship Earth, Climate Change and more Paperback – September 4, 2015
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The issue is broached by focusing upon what we know from science is measurable....increasing temperatures, ocean acidification, stronger storms, diminishing glaciers and water supplies, loss of flora and fauna species; forests, fisheries, and the collapse of ecosystems and the food chain. By thinking like this and linking facts, the author elucidates a logical and reasonable certainty that our earth is changing, and faster than we would deem reasonably safe for our own benefit, no less the benefit of all living things upon it.
Having delineated the climate problem with both facts and anecdote, the author embarks upon a more detailed look at the climate science in regard to today's carbon extraction economies which pollute the atmosphere with greenhouse gasses which will remain for centuries. There is so much science on radiative warming that this reality is may now be repeated, not just in one, but in several ways. By bring the reader to the point of clarity and logic on carbon induced heating, and the increasing Keeling Curve measurements, (we are not above 400 ppm), the sense of urgency and emergency is highlighted. This sense is necessary in order to understand the massive scale of the problem facing us, on a fast growing planet, and the great degree of effective effort it will require to slash GHG to return to the relative safety of 350 ppm carbon dioxide.
This brings the reader to the last chapters, where the author writes of the decision making process required to make the rational choices which will truly be effective in stabilizing the planet. Renewables, efficiencies, and the new generation of nuclear power plants are all discussed with clarity and factual information. It is a necessary critique from which the best options arise. The section on the new nuclear plants alone, is very hopeful and exciting, since they have inherent characteristics which could very well make them, far and away, the key energy source for steady, abundant, emissions free baseload power generation.
This future, is in fact, closer at hand than most would imagine. It is the author's task in this book to open minds, to reveal possibilities, to underline energy realities, and to focus on the science based solutions which will truly work to defeat the multi-headed monster that is climate change.
Look, I've read up on the climate situation and energy generation systems for the last 25 years. (I've bought quite a few titles here at Amazon, no problems, just saying ;-) I've gone to conferences, read a ton of reports, sat in lectures, participated in debates, filmed interviews and talked with people you may have seen on TV and documentaries connected with all these subjects. Mathijs Beckers has written a real gem on the many facets of climate change, human energy systems and several paths forward into the future. You should start learning which path forward is good for you and the people you know. "Highway to Dystopia" is a good place to start. Written by a man who lives on the North shore of Europe surrounded by wind turbines, he is living in one of those paths. The book starts off slow but it picks up quick and it is a good read. It's not too long and there are good references for further study. You'll be wiser when you've finished it and I think a bit more hopeful for your kids future. You'll also know where to start to get to work helping secure that good future path. A long journey starts with a first step in the right direction. This book dear reader is a good first step. Cheers to you Mr. Beckers!