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Global Fever How to Treat Climate Change

ISBN-10: 0226092046

ISBN-13: 9780226092041

Edition: 2008

Authors: William H. Calvin

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Every decade since 1950 has seen more floods and more wildfires on every continent. Deserts are expanding, coral reefs are dying, fisheries are declining, hurricanes are strengthening. The debate about climate change is over: there's no question that global warming has made the Earth sick, and the outlook for the future calls for ever-warmer temperatures and deadlier results. Something must be done--but how quickly? With "Global Fever," William H. Calvin delivers both a clear-eyed diagnosis and a strongly worded prescription. In striking, straightforward language, he first clearly sets out the current state of the Earth's warming climate and the disastrous possibilities ahead should we continue on our current path. Increasing temperatures will kill off vegetation and dry up water resources, and their loss will lead, in an increasingly destructive feedback loop, to even more warming. Resource depletion, drought, and disease will follow, leading to socioeconomic upheaval--and accompanying violence--on a scale barely conceivable. It is still possible, Calvin argues, to avoid such a dire fate. But we must act now, aggressively funneling resources into jump-starting what would amount to a third industrial revolution, this one of clean technologies--while simultaneously expanding our use of existing low-emission technologies, from nuclear power to plug-in hybrid vehicles, until we achieve the necessary scientific breakthroughs. Passionately written, yet thoroughly grounded in the latest climate science, "Global Fever" delivers both a stark warning and an ambitious blueprint for saving the future of our planet.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

William H. Calvin is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. His books include The Cerebral Code (MIT Press, 1996).

The Big Picture
We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Will This Overheated Frog Move?
"Pop!" Goes the Climate
Drought's Slippery Slope
Why Deserts Expand
From Creeps to Leaps
What Makes a Cycle Vicious?
That Pale Blue Sky
Slip Locally, Crash Globally
Come Hell and High Water
Methane Is the Double Threat
Sudden Shifts in Climate
A Sea of CO[subscript 2]
The Extended Forecast
Doing Things Differently
Cleaning Up Our Act
The Climate Optimist
Turning Around by 2020
Arming for a Great War
Get It Right on the First Try
Read Widely
List of Illustrations
Notes
Index