- Paperback: 309 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (21 Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747593957
- ISBN-13: 978-0747593959
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 21.6 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hot Topic: How to Tackle Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights on Paperback – 21 Jan 2008
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'In a world full of misinformation, 'The Hot Topic' is a beacon of clarity' Al Gore 'With the clarity that Gore rightly commends, they do a fine job ['The Hot Topic'] is a material gain for the axis of good' Sunday Times 'A masterful book, wonderfully well-written. It should become the authoritative statement on climate change and what to do about it for years to come.' James Lovelock, author of 'Gaia' and 'The Revenge of Gaia' --various
About the Author
Gabrielle Walker has a PhD in chemistry from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton universities. She is a consultant to New Scientist, contributes frequently to BBC radio and writes for many newspapers and magazines. She presented BBC Radio 4's Planet Earth Under Threat, and lives in London and France. Sir David King, formerly the British Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, is widely credited with persuading the UK government to act on climate change and with getting key states (including China, Russia, the USA and India) around the negotiating table. He is Director of the new School for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University
Top Customer Reviews
I hope this book will reach a wide audience, because it educates the reader by informing but not by invoking mass hysteria (as, unfortunately, some mainstream media seems to view as essential when discussing this topic).
My only criticism would be that the subject is obviously very complex, with a number of interdependencies between climatic effects (e.g. positive feedback loops). More graphical representation of all this would be helpful for the layman. I found myself needing to go back and re-read some sections to keep all the concepts in my mind, and a few more diagrams would probably make for a useful, and more rapid, reference. However, the format of the book would probably need to be larger, and glossier, to do that successfully, and I suspect the cost would go up accordingly. This book is something that needs to be read by as many as possible, so producing it cheaply is probably wise. It would be great to see it on the national curriculum as a science text book in future.
Let's hope that Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King write a follow up handbook, for those that wish to pursue the topics further. They've certainly done a great job with this book.
More attention to detail would give the opinions put forward more credibility.
The graphs are not particularly informative for example on pp 10/11 four lines none of which is attributed or defined.
Some focussed proof reading might have helped too.
Taken at random: on page 59 we are told that a lake of 100 million SQUARE metres of water threaten a dam. How deep is that then?
On page 173 The WWF is defined as "the Worldwide Fund for Nature. The last time I looked it was The World Wildlife Fund.
Given instances such as this how much credence should we give to all the other figures put forward?
Given the authors credibility you also know that you're getting the right information without worrying about anyone's "agenda" or "spin".
I've done a lot of reading around the subject and for me this book is the best of them.
It is also useful in knowing how to respond to the sceptic's points.
Overall it is a highly readable and nicely detailed (not too much to get bogged down in) account of all the surrounding issues. It is not a scare story... and does not over indulge in lurid alarmist doomsaying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Explained so that even those without a technical background can understand some of the issues surrounding climate change.Published on 28 May 2010 by TT
With impeccable scientific credentials, the authors calmly and carefully explain the agreements and disagreements among climate scientists and the international politics that... Read morePublished on 30 July 2008 by Jonathan Webber
I've never read as much about global warming as I felt I should, put off by the obvious partisanship - pro or con - of almost everything in the press and recoiling from the green... Read morePublished on 21 April 2008 by Slow Lorris
Generally excellent. The only real criticism I'd make of this book is that the authors are sometimes too blunt in their opinions. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2008 by R. G. Robson
I am not as convinced as these authors would like me to be, after reading their book, that global warming is caused by humans. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2008 by Chris J Farrell
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