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5.0 out of 5 stars Facts and figures galore!, 3 Jan. 2013
This review is from: The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans (Paperback)
This is an incredibly useful book for anyone who wants to be informed about climate change and everything else that is happening to our planet. It is well-researched, and very readable, with lots of provocative and persuasive comments about various governments, climate sceptics and environmental groups.

Mark Lynas concludes that it is not too late to prevent climate disaster, but that we need to stop using fossil fuels altogether, just as we stopped producing CFCs to fix the hole in the ozone layer. He says that if politicians take the lead internationally by announcing a ban, then business will invest in the technologies to make it possible without the world's economy collapsing. To me, this is too optimistic. Politicians, particularly in the USA, are just not going to do it.

Fortunately, the book is also positive about geoengineering, particularly carbon scrubbing as this will tackle ocean acidification as well as climate change. Given that the world is not going to stop emitting too much greenhouse gas, we have to find another way to tackle this, and geoengineering is the only plausible strategy left. It doesn't need such widespread international agreement and it doesn't need us to change our lifestyles in ways that most people are not willing to do eg drastic cuts in car use, air travel and meat consumption. See [...] for more information.

So the conclusion may be unconvincing, but the research, the analysis and the other proposals made are brilliant. I am so glad that I have read this book.
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