Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming Is Changing the World Paperback – 19 May 2009
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"This may be the most deeply researched photo book of all time." -- Adam Spangler Vanity Fair Magazine "Personal accounts from eyewitnesses and researchers, together with the best evidence available, give a refreshing and intelligent take on this field." Nature "Earth under Fire may be not simply a book, but a benchmark." -- Michelle Nijhuis Orion "Highlights just what photographers can do to combat the unwelcome changes occurring in our world." Digital Photographer "Braasch uses his breathtaking photographs to give a fresh and insightful take on climate change." Outdoor Photographer "The pictures are truly eye-opening... Looking at the changes already underway paints a staggering picture." -- Eleri Randall The Ecologist "A refreshing take on theories, facts and scientific opinions ... breathtaking imagery with personal accounts and the best available scientific evidence." -- Martin Parry Nature Reports: Climate Change "If you like your global catastrophes in lovely pictures, this is the book for you." Natural Hazards Observer "While the science underlying global warming is complex, its impact is made comprehensible in this richly photographic blend of memoir and reportage." -- Pamela Crossland Booklist "Striking images... Valuable." Photo District News "The visuals are stunning." Kansas City Star "A meticulously researched, visually stunning work." -- Michelle Lalonde Canwest News Service "Eye-popping photographs ... a well-researched book with in-depth texts on the science behind climate change and how it impacts people's lives worldwide." Un Chronicle "A meticulously researched, visually stunning work." The Gazette
About the Author
Gary Braasch is an Ansel Adams Award-winning photojournalist and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He is the author of Photographing the Patterns of Nature.
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Braasch's research is meticulous, and he goes out of his way to note dissenting views, but the conclusions are crisp and clear as a warming Arctic winter day--the planet is getting hotter and this can only mean trouble. If you have time to read one book on the current reality and looming consequences of global warming, this is it.
Sample info from Earth Under Fire: Stand-by mode of electronic gadgets consumes 6 percent of US electricity--one coal-fired electrical generation plant produces as much CO2 as 1.5 million cars--coal power plant pollutants kill 24,000-30,000 US citizens every year--and 10 times that many Chinese.
"Earth Under Fire," by Gary Braasch is an impressive book that attempts to touch people's hearts about the impact of global warming. Mr. Braasch is a world environmental photojournalist and his photo-journalistic series "World View of Global Warming" recorded the effects of global warming in many countries of the world. According to Braasch, "Because many popular articles and books on climate change have been based on predictions, which are easily dismissed, I wanted to look at the Earth itself and report on the changes I saw already under way."
The book begins with the effects of global warming such as the melting of the ice shelf, the receding of mountain glaciers, changes in animal migration, and the strong impact on human life. The most significant characteristic of this book is that it is not similar to other books that also describe global warming. Mr. Braasch uses a number of shocking photos that help the readers understand the same problem more deeply. According to Vanity Fair Magazine, "This may be the most deeply researched photo book of all time."
Global warming is changing the earth that we are living in, and many of us already know that. However, what we lack is awareness of how serious this problem is. If human beings do not change the way they obtain energy, the earth will not be a comfortable place to live anymore. "Earth Under Fire" is an impressive, informative book that can help us realize the serious impact of global warming. As Al Gore so clearly stated "The power of Gary Braasch's personal witness to the climate crisis makes this essential reading for every citizen."
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