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Bill McKibben
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Book Description

15 Mar 2011
Twenty years ago, with THE END OF NATURE, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we ve waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We ve created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth. That new planet is filled with new binds and traps. A changing world costs large sums to defend think of the money that went to repair New Orleans, or the trillions it will take to transform energy systems. But the endless economic growth that could underwrite such largesse depends on the stable planet we ve managed to damage and degrade. We can t rely on old habits any longer. Our hope depends, McKibben argues, on scaling back on building the kind of societies and economics that can hunker down, concentrate on essentials, and create the type of community (in the neighbourhood, but also on the Internet) that will allow us to weather trouble on an unprecedented scale. Change fundamental change is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (15 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312541198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312541194
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important." Barbara Kingsolver" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Bill McKibben is the author of "The End of Nature, Deep Economy, Enough, Fight Global Warming Now, The Bill McKibben Reader," and numerous other books. He is the founder of the environmental organizations Step It Up and 350.org, and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. In 2010 "The Boston Globe" called him "probably the nation's leading environmentalist," and "Time" magazine has called him "the world's best green journalist." He studied at Harvard, and started his writing career as a staff writer at "The New Yorker." "The End of Nature," his first book, was published in 1989 and was regarded as the first book on climate change for a general audience. He is a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers including The "New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone," and "Outside." He has been awarded Guggenheim Fellowship and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well-Informed & very readable too 2 Aug 2010
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This is an outstanding book because it is so up-to-date, both with climate science and through telling personal observations of how our environment and the natural world are changing. The author doesn't flinch from telling it like it is, yet the writing is fast-paced, hip and good-humored. I read the first half of the book in almost one sitting, because it was "un-put-downable". The second half of the book addresses localizing solutions - this is more limited (specifically to the New England area of America, by way of example) and not quite as exciting as the global tour through EAARTH. Well worth purchasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The release of finding its WAY worse than feared 13 Nov 2012
McKibben changes the terms of the climate change debate. He presents an overwhelming argument that it is already too late to stop catastrophic global change. The catastrophe is already here. He further argues that all the feedback loops of global warming lead the wrong way. The melting ice caps lead to greater heat retention by a dark ocean surface. The melting tundra releases vast quantities of methane. The mass death of trees further intensifies the heat and aridity. I thought that increased CO2 would at least stimulate plant growth, but McKibben claims that overheated plants consume less CO2.

Somehow, the unstinting depiction of a planetary train wreak is handled with wit and even entertainment value. Then the discussion of adjustment strategies is practical, realistic and conversational. It's mostly stories about practical efforts by real, quite ordinary people. McKibben's own story of activism seems quite modest. His trial and error steps seem doable by most anyone with a computer. Like the Arab Spring's leaders, he puts great faith in the Internet as a tool for neighbors to connect.
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By Ms. R
A mind opener for anyone wondering whether climate change has anything to do with us humans. It does and it's already too late to reverse our damage. That does NOT mean we can be complacent. Urgent action is needed by us all. My critisism is that a number of the author's points are somewhat laboured and repetitive. This though is no excuse not to read this very important book. And if, like me, you find it a tad 'boring' after a while, it may be worth asking the question, 'am I really bored, or am I finding this so painful that I'm trying to blanket this feeling'?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read Earrth, save earth 20 Dec 2012
By Peter
This explains it all and gives a pathway forward, that if taken we "may" be able to save the world we have today, but not the world in which we were born, for it is gone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a fanatics view 27 Dec 2012
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Ok, we now there is climate change. This offers no . realistic course of action. The climate has and will change. What can be done? Don' t ask this author.
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