- Paperback: 504 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1541239148
- ISBN-13: 978-1541239142
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Restoring Climate Stability By Managing Ecological Disorder: A Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamic Approach To Climate Change Paperback – October 31, 2017
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Readers with strong scientific backgrounds may find, as did I, that Young's approach adds a new dimension to their understanding of thermodynamics. He breathes life into the old, well-known formulas by showing how they relate to climate change. It's not necessary to be a trained scientist to gain from Young's book; the general well-educated reader will appreciate his fact-based and disciplined approach to this important social issue. The book is not a political screed, but climate-change deniers will derive scant comfort from Young's discussions.
Young's theory of the relationship of glaciation to forest cover may be unique. He could have provided a bit more support for his theory which basically seems to be that as glaciers wiped out southerly forests, they destroyed carbon sinks, atmospheric carbon increased, and the resulting warming caused the glaciers to recede. Presumably, reforestation would cause atmospheric carbon to become absorbed, the earth would cool, and the glaciers would return, leading to the notion of a cyclical glaciation schedule. Young might have discussed his theory in the light of the various competing theories. Young's theory led me to wonder if success in reducing atmospheric carbon might lead to re-glaciation. I suspect some people might argue against limiting climate change since they would prefer high tides and heat over destruction by advancing ice walls.
Young suggests that BioChar (charcoal formed in such a way that it becomes highly biologically active) might be an important way to return order to the environment. It's a fascinating idea and is evidently being pursued by university researchers in Canada and elsewhere. However, Young's discussion of production techniques is mostly at a hobbyist, backyard-science level which leads one to wonder about its practicality. Young is an experienced and well-educated professional engineer; it would have been nice to have at least some back-of-the-envelope calculations on how to realize BioChar's potential.
I have rated Young's book "five stars" because I found it so valuable to my understanding of the thermodynamics of climate change. I recommend it to anyone, scientist or general reader, who is curious about the subject.