Science As a Contact Sport Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate
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It's been nearly four decades since scientists first realized that global warming posed a potential threat to our planet. Why, if we knew of the threats way back in the Carter Administration, can't we act decisively to limit greenhouse gases, deforestation, and catastrophic warming trends? Why are we still addicted to fossil fuels? Have we all just been fiddling for 40 years as the world burns around us? Schneider, part of the Nobel Prizewinning team that shared the accolade with Al Gore in 2007, had a front-row seat at this unfolding environmental meltdown. Piecing together events like a detective story, Schneider reveals that as expert consensus grew, well-informed activists warned of dangerous changes no one knew how to predict precisely--and special interests seized on that very uncertainty to block any effective response. He persuasively outlines a plan to avert the building threat and develop a positive, practical policy that will bring climate change back under our control, help the economy with a new generation of green energy jobs and productivity, and reduce the dependence on unreliable exporters of oil--and thus ensure a future for ourselves and our planet that's as rich with promise as our past.
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 11/3/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|Introduction: The Global Playing Field|
|Smoke-On the Horizon|
|Drawing Up the Battle Lines|
|Deep Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate|
|A Fragile Planet Grows Alarmed|
|The Battle Heats Up and So Does the World|
|Awareness Dawns on Planet Earth|
|The Media Wars: The Stores behind Persistent Distortion|
|Hahitats For Humanity and Others|
|What Should Keep Us Awake at Night|