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How the West Was Warmed: Responding to Climate Change in the Rockies Paperback – November 1, 2009
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If the words "climate change" and "global warming" make you want to yawn, this extremely readable collection of essays might give you a fresh new perspective. --The Pueblo Chieftain by Mary Jean Porter
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This is a lovely bed-side book, since the variety of short essays is easy to sample from, easy and accessible to read, but full of thoughtful observations that you may find yourself reflecting on over the next few days and gently influencing your own behavior and plans. Here are a few samples to give you a feel for some of the variety in the book:
In journalist John Daley's essay, he interweaves a story of a 14-hour train trip with his young daughter across the western plains and foothills of Colorado's high country and the eastern deserts and ranges of Utah, with his reflections on why the important stories of global warming don't get the coverage and the emphasis they warrant by journalists. I was half bemused and half saddened by his contrasting the in-depth coverage of the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson with the glancing coverage of recent studies about what will happen if we continue our current rates of carbon emission, such as a study by MIT finding that we could see a temperature hike of 10 degrees for the planet, or a study this year by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which "predicted dust bowl-like conditions in the Southwest and elsewhere, which would be 'largely irreversible' for a thousand years".Read more ›
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How the West Was Warmed: Responding to Climate Change in the Rockies packs in a powerful essay collection from a noted environmentalist and Greenprint Denver founder who considers... Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
A friend recommended this book so I quickly skimmed it and was immediately fascinated by the topics covered. In an essay format, it covers many topics with concise, deep dives. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by K. Lynn
"How the West Was Warmed" takes the issue of climate change and breaks it down into a series of interesting and challenging essays that create a troubling, worrisome whole. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Mark Stevens