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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (1 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713682051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713682052
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,093,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...A compelling and challenging book." -- Countryman (January 2007)

"The book is clearly written and well researched." -- The Observer (supp. Review) 12th November 2006

"This inspiring, visually arresting book explores the threat of climate change and the possible solutions in a clear-cut and comprehensible way." -- Sustain Magazine (November 2006)

"This is the most balanced account of the subject I have ever read, and excellent value for money, particularly given the quality of the photography." -- London Cyclist (February/March 2007)

'Authoritative, definitive and visually engaging... With a blend of beautiful images and reportage photography, and dense, well-structured information and clear writing, it combines the gloss of a coffee-table book with the journalism and depth of a broadsheet newspaper. It was written to bridge the gap between the general public and scientific literature, and it does the job admirably.' -- Birdwatch (October 2007)

Climate change, its causes and consequences have rarely seemed so tasteful as in these photographs and essays, which present the most promising solutions in full colour, too. -- The Independent, July 2007

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Paul Brown has been the Environment Correspondent of The Guardian for 16 years and has worked for 40 years in newspaper journalism. He is well-respected globally and is a widely acknowledged authority on environmental matters. The book will be branded as a Guardian book.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. H. B. Furminger on 19 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
Paul Brown has been a well-respected authority on climate change for some time, and is known for his fervour and integrity - with just a dash of dry humour. This book is a shining example of his particular style; unapologetically frank, passionate and engrossing. The different chapters highlight the key issues such as glacier melt and slow political progress with funky titles such as 'We Need Ice' and 'Fiddling While the Globe Burns'. The photographs are truly stunning, and, along with the fresh, modern design, inject a real energy into a debate that requires just that. Above all, I would recommend this book for the final chapter, 'What Can We Do'. I have incorporated so many of the ideas into my own life, such as less water in the kettle, switching off the lights, going for a jumper before putting the heating on... and I'm not embarrassed to say it's put a little extra skip in my step! This is a important and beautiful book - I would recommend it to anyone... and will!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara K on 2 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am only a fourteen year old and yet this is one of my favourite books I've read. It was so brillantly written that I couldn't put it down (read it in one night and suffered some lack of sleep).
The book deals with many global issues, not just green house gases itself, but animals, population, and natural diesaters. The pictures and text were clearly sending the message, that is to take responsibility for our greedy actions (not trying to preach or anything).
I recommand this book for anyone who are intrested or not in the subject!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dakini on 27 Jun 2007
Format: Hardcover
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Dr Rajendra K Pachuari, Chairman

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

"The book "Global Warning" is a useful compilation of material on climate change which would be of value in creating public awareness on this complex subject ... an extremely readable and comprehensive treatment of climate change globally."

Prince Albert II of Monaco

"'Global Warning' explains with perfect clarity and simplicity the dangers we face while maintaining the truth of the science. Paul Brown's greatest achievement in this book is that it restores hope by teaching us of the technologies and renewable energy solutions that are available to us. There is no time for skepticism: we have to act urgently. We DO have a 'Last chance for change'!"

Mayor of London

Ken Livingston

"Paul Brown's astounding book shows why we must act today on reducing global emissions to protect tomorrow - otherwise the impacts around the world will be devastating, hitting the poor and vulnerable first and hardest"

His Excellency Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

President of the Republic of Maldives

"This book is a clarion call to all those who ignore years of extensive scientific research and proof that global warming is real and an impending major threat to the whole world. The message Paul Brown gives in this book is that there is a chance for change. What we need is the will to act. It is time we gave something back. We owe this to Mother Earth."

Dr James Hansen

NASA Goddard Institute

"`Last Chance' indeed. We must act now or climate passes tipping points with disastrous consequences.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. M. Nicol on 24 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book read like a sales brochure for wind farms. It consisted largely of photographs, many of which were not relevant to the text. The content was largely a series of assertions unsupported by any external references. It has successfully diminished my confidence in anthropogenic global warming and answered none of the questions I had in mind. I am now seeking a well referenced academic or semi-academic book on the subject. If you want facts rather than prejudice do not read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Climate change isn't everything, it is the only thing 30 Dec 2007
By Paul Moskowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While having the appearance of a coffee-table book, complete with full-page color photographs, this is a very thorough work on a very serious subject. This is the most comprehensive book that I have read on the politics of climate change. In addition to the usual facts and figures, there is a good history of the negotiations leading to the Kyoto agreement.

The award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, has brought some added publicity to the problem of global warming or climate change. You may read or download for yourself the IPCC summary report which is available on the IPCC dot ch web site. Alternatively, you may wish to just look out the window. The people of New Zealand have been able to see icebergs large enough for helicopter landings floating by within a few miles of their shores for the first time in recorded history. Where I live, it seemed to take forever for our fall leaves to change color. We had a record warm October. The list of events that we see that have been predicted by climate scientists is seemingly without end. According to the IPCC, before the end of this century, we may live in a world of elevated temperatures, rising sea level, and extreme weather.

However, as dire as the predictions are, the reality is much worse. The climate models are indeed inaccurate ... in their timing. Climate change has accelerated beyond the predictions of only one or two years ago. In his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore states that the Arctic will be ice free in the summer in 40 years. That would put it about 2046. In this book, the date of prediction is down to 2020. However, there have been news reports in the last month that NASA climate scientists are now predicting the summer of 2012 as the date for an ice-free Arctic. The ice in question is floating sea ice. Its melting will not raise the level of the world's oceans. However, an ice free Arctic Ocean will absorb more sunlight, increasing the Arctic warming trend. If the Arctic Ocean is ice free, can the collapse of the Greenland ice cap be far behind? There is enough ice on Greenland to raise the world's sea level by 15 to 20 feet should it melt or as it seems more likely flow into the ocean.

The question used to be whether we will be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in time to save the planet for future generations. That is no longer the issue. Can we now slow climate change enough so that we can enjoy the benefits of civilization, e.g. the Internet, HDTV, food, etc., through our own lifetimes? In our town, we are working to get our local government to ratify the US Mayors Agreement on Climate Change to work toward the goal of reducing our Greenhouse gas emissions below our 1990 levels by the year 2012. This is a quite reasonable goal; change the light bulbs to CFLs, make buildings energy-efficient, drive low carbon footprint vehicles. We can all do this; save some money and maybe the planet too.

I also recommend "With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change" by Fred Pearce. a book about recent scientific investigations and their implications for global warming.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book! 7 Mar 2013
By Steven Magee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well written and illustrated. The book gives an excellent overview of the problems and where they are taking us all. I have personally interacted with the USA government regarding inconvenient truths and I can confirm that they have an extensive web of deceit in place to enable these “Inconvenient Truths” to be simply ignored. Keep on drinking the Kool-Aid! After reading this, you will have a good basis in the truth regarding climate change and global warming.
I hope people did read this book when it first came out...time for another 20 April 2014
By still hopeful - Published on Amazon.com
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don't know how the naysayers could continue to be after reading this book
great pictures and well written.......it gave a lot of information - some hard
to absorb.... - it was the content...I thought of my young son and his children and
what their future will be like...w/o change....
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good book with very astonishing photoes. If one want to plunge into this subject deeper, a more rigerous book is needed. 9 Oct 2008
By Guannan Chen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good book with very astonishing photoes. If one want to plunge into this subject deeper, a more rigerous book is needed.
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