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The Global Warming Reader: A Century of Writing about Climate Change [Paperback]

Bill McKibben
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  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (27 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143121898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143121893
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing reader 2 Nov 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars It needs to be read!! 18 Sep 2011
By Edward - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Reader offers perspectives and insights on global warming 22 Mar 2014
By Jim Crooks - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection of essays ranges from supporters aware of climate change to deniers of it. It looks at the science, politics and impact, again from varying perspectives. It can be read in quick "bites", or at extensive readings. It is not as comprehensive as Tim Flannery's "The Weather Makers", but is more up to date having been published in 2011. I will use it in a discussion group of thoughtful adults whose knowledge of climate change is, I believe, fairly limited. The book makes a good introduction to what many people believe is a controversial topic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WAKE UP AMERICA! 13 Dec 2012
By Angela R. Yargus - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend this be a MUST READ for every American! Bill McKibben is still trying to tell you about this subject, and he speaks with a lot of knowledge and authority through ALL of his books.
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