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An emotional plea for change!
on 9 January 2006
I must admit, I didn't enjoy Flannery's style. It seemed to me that he often tries to shock rather than sift through the pros and cons while patiently explaining why it can be so difficult to make exact predictions.
Flannery is an impatient main on a crusade.
On top of that his pet topic - "Gaia", the world as one living organism that keeps (and sometimes fails to keep) the environment at an optimum for itself - keeps popping up in his book. Gaia is quiet controversial, but Flannery doesn't really bother to argue his case much. After an example or two F. just sort of says it's OK if you don't believe in it, but keeps quoting Gaia throughout his book none the less.
It seems to be more of a book for the converted rather than reaching out to the undecided or the merely curious.
I was looking for a book which would summarize the latest developments in climate research. F. does that - as well. This was the reason why I did give 3 stars.
However the emphasis in this book is not on science but on the need for action, now.
F. writes like a barrister using everything he can to bolster his case.
I do believe mankind is responsible for global warming. I also believe we have to act. Still, I did not take to F.'s proselytising.