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Pies and Prejudice: In search of the North by Stuart Maconie
18 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Let it be quite clear, Stuart Maconie is not Bill Bryson nor is anywhere close. He is an inconsistent author, full of contradictions and the part of the title about prejudices hits it on the nail. How he can consider this book is about the North is almost beyond comprehension, missing out vast regions of the real North. The first chapter is about the South, where he lives and enjoys an apparently middle-class life, denying his self-proclaimed socialist ideals. At one point, he describes in great detail his five-star hotel with valet parking (even though he says he doesn't drive) and his gourmet dinner, far remote from a Northern "tea". This hypocritical and even patronising tone pervades… Read more
Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions by A. Barrie Pittock
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If I were to say that this book was unique, I would be accused of using a hackneyed technique of criticism. However, this time, I really do believe that there is no other work on the subject matter which can compare with Dr Pittock's Magnus Opus. You would be perfectly justified in asking me why I believe this and I shall try to explain my position.

As the subtitle of the book explains, it is divided into three sections with several well-referenced chapters in each. The first five of them deal with the science. As could be expected from the author's background, the subject is based largely on the IPCC 2007 Report. This has been updated with a great deal of research, bringing it… Read more
Technology Transfer for the Ozone Layer: Lessons f&hellip by Stephen O. Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons to be learnt, 7 Nov 2007
As far as I am aware, this book is unique. On the front cover, there is a quotation from Nobel Prize laureate, Mario Molina, "This book is the story of why we can all be optimistic about the future if we are willing to be brave and dedicated world citizens." Professor Molina discovered the relationship between CFCs and the ozone layer. In fact, the subtitle says it all; it recounts how the experience gained in handling ozone-depletion can be applied to mitigating the effects of climate change.

How does this work? The Montreal Protocol has undoubtedly been the most successful of all international measures concerning the environment. The achievement has been won through the five… Read more