- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Green Profile (29 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846688604
- ISBN-13: 978-1846688607
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fixing Climate: The story of climate science - and how to stop global warming Paperback – 29 May 2008
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...the presence of a co-writer adds to the charm of the story, for Robert Kunzig seems to have fallen for Mr Broecker and his world. It is easy to see why. (Mr Kunzig) has a lovely appreciation of the poetry of science. Buy this one. Forget the rest. (The Economist (US Edn.))
...has made the topic not merely interesting, but fascinating... there may be hope for us yet. (Sunday Business Post (Ireland))
We've heard a lot about climate change - but what can we do about it? Wallace Broecker, the eminent scientist who coined the term global warming way back in 1975, believes in a solution emerging on the horizon: 'artificial trees' designed to remove CO2 directly from the air.See all Product Description
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It has however made me wonder if turning all the lights off (and my monitor) at night will make a difference to this colossal problem that we face, I think governments are the place where change can happen. I think above all it's wonderfully written with a warm humour which makes it even more enjoyable.
If you read one book on the environment - make it this one.
But it's the second half which is, literally, thrilling, as Kunzig and Broecker outline their vision of CO2 as a "fixable problem", just as the disposal of sewage was a century ago. Their fix is a radical invention by physicist Klaus Lackner (who sounds a genius) which will allow CO2 to be removed from the air by millions of car-sized "carbon scrubbers" and then sequestered in deep ocean or oil wells, or in basalt schists in Iceland.
This is a book that offers hope to the climate crisis. Not that the authors for a second make light of its seriousness: quite the reverse. But they feel that not enough will be done to reduce emissions until it's too late. Unless the Lackner machines can come to our rescue.
An absolutely vital book, and beautifully written. Science book of the year, in my opinion.
Fixing Climate is an urgent book. It argues that humans are largely responsible for the recent climate change, and that that change poses new and great dangers: drought round the world, and hugely raised sea levels (as much as sixteen feet) caused by the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Two things are special about this book. The first is the case it makes for `abrupt climate change' - a swing from (say) temperate to tundra, from mild to freezing, occurring in a few centuries or less.
The second is that the authors maintain that attempts to regulate, control, and restrict man-made CO2 are doomed to failure. They look carefully at the options (including Kyoto, and the `carbon pie' of Pacala and Socolow) and dismiss almost all of them.
The only hope that the authors can see is to take carbon directly out of the atmosphere, using free-standing scrubbers, spread around the planet, to cleanse all our air. But to counteract the CO2 we produce each year would take 80 million such collectors - and they see major difficulties in disposing of the CO2 that these collectors would extract. Putting it back into the ground is expensive, laborious, and enormously ugly.
So this isn't an easy book: it is urgent, questioning - and worried. But is it convincing? Well, to me at least, not entirely. There are a number of areas where their facts are either contentious or simply wrong. (All the points below are drawn from published literature, in many cases IPCC publications, or from referenced websites.)
1. The thrust of the book is about `tipping points' - the unpredictability of `the climate beast'.Read more ›
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