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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

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So THAT'S what happened to the Hatteras lighthouse... 19 Jan. 2008
By David Radcliff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Did you know they've moved the lighthouse on Cape Hatteras 2800 feet back from the shore due to rising sea levels? Me neither, but this is one of a myriad of telling tales Braasch brings into play to sound the alarm about global warming. He literally circled the globe--east to west and north to south--to gather information and photos for this book. He then combines these with easy-to-read narrative in a large-format work to tell the tale of a changing world.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is A Must Read For Learning About Global Warming 11 Jan. 2008
By Patricia Muller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book shows people being affected by climate change now, and give them a voice in both words and pictures. Scientists give reports about how climate change impacts all aspects of our survival. You will be given ideas of how to make a personal impact about climate change. Readers with prior knowledge and those just starting out will both enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this book 18 Jan. 2008
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Very important topic clearly presented. Photographs prove the losses the planet is suffering and man's wanton disregard for the deterioration. The photographs are extraordinarily beautiful, the yin and yang of this issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Future is at Risk 14 Dec. 2009
By Chen Chen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Along with the development of modern technology, the quality of life has changed significantly. However, what has also changed is the global temperature, which is rising mainly due to human activities. Most of us already have information about global warming which is changing the ecological balance on earth, but how many of them us exactly how serious the problem is?

"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."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-documented approach to global warming 17 April 2008
By Breno Machado Grisi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book shows photographic and published documents about global warming stemed from devastation, pollution, and careless attitude of humans concerning the exploitation of world natural resources. Photos and citations of data obtained from several publications make up a good source of information on this subject. Photos taken of the same natural locality aiming to compare the conditions of such areas after some period of time, should present specification of time of the year they were both taken (the reader supposes they were both taken in the same month or season!).This book would worth more in economical and ecological terms if it had come out in paperback!
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