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  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (27 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143121898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143121893
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.4 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our most widely respected environmental writer brings together the essential voices on global warming, from its 19th-century discovery to the present With the rise of extreme weather events worldwide--witness the devastation wrought by Hurricanes

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Nevile Moray on 2 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
I expected more technical papers, and perhaps more commentary on the papers. It does not have enough papers with quantitative research data either for or against the issue of change.
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It needs to be read!! 18 Sept. 2011
By Edward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In GWR, Bill Mckibben (editorially) lays it out for anyone to see and understand. There is no controversy anymore. That was yesterday. We have changed our climate and the time for action is unfortunately now. If you don't believe that, then you must be living in a dark cave. If you (or we) don't care, then perhaps that's another problem. Read the book. It's made up of a variety voices on the subject dating back to the very concept of man-made climate change. If you can get by the first few, very detailed, scientific explanations of atmospheric CO2 and temperature correlation dating back to the late 19th century, the remaining texts and reports are more then entertaining. They are disturbing. Hopefully, disturbing enough to wake you up from your indifference, or disbelief, and prompt you to help with a incredibly challenging paradigm shift in how we conduct ourselves on this planet. Waiting another 10 or 20 years is not an option, unless, of course, we just don't care what we leave behind for our kids. The point of no return is about now.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
classic collection, important and engaging 13 Feb. 2014
By FarmerZita - Published on Amazon.com
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Starts with early scientific recognition that fossil fuel emissions were warming northern Europe over a century ago (and wouldn't that be great, as it was too darn cold, and the growing season too short). McKibben collects key articles through the decades, predicting global warming, documenting (or denying) growing evidence, and vividly recounting impacts of ocean acidification, extreme weather, and other climate changes. A middle section is devoted to efforts to counter anthropogenic damage, from bottom-up individual and community work, to top-down efforts (Rio, Kyoto, Copenhagen...). We hear from young and old, US and international, across cultural and political spectra. This collection shares facts and fiction, fears and frustration, images and hope.

Climate and climate science are changing so rapidly that anything in this genre is rapidly rather outdated. Update this reading with the new 2013 IPCC AR5 report - at least the Summary for Policymakers, or the Abstracts by Fire & Water at Evergreen. James Hansen, Elizabeth Kolbert, and other authors in McKibben's collection continue to publish new insights.
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A good summary 15 April 2013
By W. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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Includes a reasonably good summary of the issues. A good quick reference. Not much regarding possible paths forward which would give the reader a place to start their own effort.
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Thought provoking. 2 Mar. 2014
By Priyanka Doddapaneni - Published on Amazon.com
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The author's selection of articles and writings to include in this book were well thought out. He had a true understanding of exactly what the reader's needed to be exposed to, to get a better idea of this very relevant topic of global warming.
A Must Read 21 Feb. 2015
By Edward R. Roehm - Published on Amazon.com
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an excellent book for a reader who Is just being introduced to the history of global warming.
Includes very readable excerpts from important writings by the most important people in this science.
After reading this you can make rational argument with anyone you know who's a climate change denier.
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