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Well written, but don't expect to find the answers to the climate change conundrum,
This review is from: Why We Disagree about Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity (Paperback)
This is an interesting book which may lead both climate sceptics and those already convinced of the man-made effect on climate change to think about the topic.
The book is starts with a chapter about the role climate has historically had in various cultures, and then examines the science, including the history of measurement, of climate change. The book then examines a number of areas which can lead to different people reaching different conclusions about climate change including perception of risk and relative economic values.
For the most part the book does not state anything that is not common sense; different people have different priorities and different values in life and therefore the changing climate means different things to different people. However, the book is well written and includes some useful reference material.
The final chapters however point out why we cannot get any government-led action on climate change, examines whether this is the way forward anyway and then points out ways to get a positive outcome from climate change. These were somewhat unexpected and made me re-evaluate my thoughts about climate change.
If, like me you would like to do something positive about climate change and want to engage others then you may get something out of this book. If you are climate change agnostic then, again, this book may be useful, but if you are a climate change sceptic wanting to find ways to help get your message across then this is not the book for you. As the author points out at the beginning, he is convinced that the climate is changing and we are responsible for most of it.
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2010 10:13:34 BDT
Occasional Thinker says:
'he is convinced that the climate is changing and we are responsible for most of it. ' Despite the fact that the climate has never and will never stop changing, and that recent variations are not out of the ordinary? What is missing from the above phrase, between the 'and' and the 'we', is 'he desperately wants to believe that'.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2011 20:12:14 BDT
But recent variations ARE out of the ordinary. That's the whole point... And an overwhelming proportion of scientists in the scientific community believe this, and when I use the word believe I mean believing in a phenomena based on the latest empirical data.
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