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An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It Paperback – May 26, 2006
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1. The majority of the one and two star reviews are written by people who apparently haven't read the book or seen the movie and are just using this space to promote their own, or somebody else's, book.
2. These same people, many of whom describe An Inconvenient Truth as "political propaganda," are also overwhelmingly promoting a right wing political agenda that has NOTHING to do with mainsteam science.
As both the book and the movie point out in careful detail, over 900 peer-reviewed, independent, international scientific studies have all reached the same conclusion: Global warming is real, it is being exacerbated by the burning of fossil fuels, and it constitutes a clear and present danger to human health and safety and the global economy.
It's time for America to stop shirking its responsibility as the dominant superpower in the face of a global climate crisis. We need more leaders like the former vice president with the guts to challenge American business and technology to come up with job-creating innovations that will help reduce CO2 emissions so our children can inherit a planet that is as habitable as the one we were born to.
Let's show the world America hasn't lost its can-do spirit!
Al Gore's book is an excellent starting point for those who want to learn some of the basics of global warming, but are reluctant to leap into a more academic book on the subject. Although I have read several books on this topic I was interested to see what Al Gore had to say about it. When I got my copy my first reaction was "Oh no, this is just a simple minded picture book." I was mistaken. Pictures are worth a thousand words. We are presented with photos of glaciers taken now, and in the past. The change is startling. Or the satellite photos of Lake Chad, which used to be the size of Lake Erie, but has almost totally dried up in just 40 years.. He tells us about those cute penguins we saw in the movie "March of the Penguins": 70% of them are now gone. They can't find enough hard ice to raise their offspring. The statistics he presents in many graphs are quite frightening. Sample: in the 1950s there were about 10 floods in the U.S.; In the 1990s there were close to 200.
Some readers who want to learn about global warming, but who are not fans of Mr. Gore might tire of the several biographical segments added to the book. Whatever your feelings are about him, you have to admire the amount of traveling he did to seek out answers. He's gone through all the continents - traveled up the Amazon, been to both Antarctica and the North Pole (both on top of it, and under it in a submarine).
Mind you, this book will not take you a long distance into the topic.Read more ›
Al Gore and his collaborators have put together an outstanding, easy to understand presentation of global warming suitable for all ages and backgrounds. With an abundance of well chosen pictures and graphs, and going "lite" on text, they have managed to paint a clear picture of the human caused aspects of global warming and the need to kick efforts at reducing our heat producing activities into high gear.
Dire warnings about the life threatening effects of global warming, pollution, resource depletion, and population pressures are coupled with an abundance of corrective measures that both government and citizens can implement. The book concludes with several pages of resource and contact information for further study.
Beyond the subject of global warming, this book is also mini-biographical- all through the book are sprinkled short glimpses of Al Gore's life, family and experiences which have shaped his environmental awareness and the motivation to share it- inspiring, thank you Al Gore and friends!
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I first saw the documentary based off of this book when I was a freshman in college. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Book Reviewer
Hey, Al Gore the ice caps are larger than ever and the world isn't on fire... I used to be fooled by this garbage. Thankfully I grew into an independently thinking brain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tiffany gosselin
With all of my educational background and most of my career background being in science. This book did not disappoint this science junkie. The proof is there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandy Pirwitz
Yes there are some facts in this book, but you couldn't verify it. Just like any other fiction novel, using emotions instead of "truths," this book is a scam with no... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris Gregory, Straight Like a Sapling author
Look at the charts presented showing the hockey puck temperature increase and the CO2 increase. Get an electronic version of the charts and blow them up larger. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Frank PoWell
everyone should read this book and start learning ways to do good thing for the planet! it's not enough to just be focusing on doing things that are less bad. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Justin Simpson