It should also serve to broaden ones experience on what has been written on global warming. Get with it, people. I got exactly what I was looking for - an overview for the lay reader struggling to understand and make sense of a complex, highly technical topic. The great ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland may take more than a century to melt, and the overall change in sea level will be one hundred times what is forecast for It is divided it to three parts: Feb 12, Steven Williams rated it liked it This is a collection of pieces written about global warming and its associated climate change.
Aug 22, Tim Dunn rated it liked it This is a decent collection, with diverse perspectives and some important historical sources. By comparing the global warming projection for the next century to natural climate changes of the distant past, and then looking into the future far beyond the usual scientific and political horizon of the yearArcher reveals the hard truths of the long-term climate forecast.
The pieces in the science section cover research done over the past one hundred years or so; the pieces in the politics section present both sides of the issue—the science based and the science skeptics, although the majority are on the science side; the pieces in the impacts section look on the effects of global warming, both in general a This is a collection of pieces written about global warming and its associated climate change.
The P Bill McKibben has put together an excellent introduction and overview of the single most important issue our world is facing.
But many of the excerpts are a little too short, some are somewhat dull and not especially informative. For background and history of this issue, however, it is a fabulous introduction. It is hard to put together anything like a definitive collection of readings on a topic our knowledge of which is constantly changing and expanding.
Carbon dioxide emitted today will be a problem for millennia. Science, Politics and Impact. In The Long Thaw, David Archer predicts that if we continue to emit carbon dioxide we may eventually cancel the next ice age and raise the oceans by 50 meters.
As in most anthologies, the quality and interest of the contributions varies, but Bill McKibben, the editor does a good job over all with his selections. But despite the seriousness of the situation, Archer argues that it is still not too late to avert dangerous climate change--if humans can find a way to cooperate as never before.
Revealing why carbon dioxide may be an even worse gamble in the long run than in the short, this compelling and critically important book brings the best long-term climate science to a general audience for the first time.
I struggled to understand some of the information in the Science section, but I understood enough to feel like I can talk more intelligently about it. He divides the book into three section: For the first time, humans have become major players in shaping the long-term climate.
With a new preface that discusses recent advances in climate science, and the impact on global warming and climate change, The Long Thaw shows that it is still not too late to avert dangerous climate change—if we can find a way to cooperate as never before.
Jun 29, nisha bouri rated it really liked it Science. The Politics and Impact selections were just what I wanted. If you think that global warming means slightly hotter weather and a modest rise in sea levels that will persist only so long as fossil fuels hold out or until we decide to stop burning themthink again.
Archer shows how just a few centuries of fossil-fuel use will cause not only a climate storm that will last a few hundred years, but dramatic climate changes that will last thousands. For the science skeptic it would probably all seem absurd, except those pieces written from their perspective.
In fact, a planetwide thaw driven by humans has already begun. A good supplement, but readers wanting more detail will need to look for additional sources.
My only criticism is that the impacts of global warming and our understanding of it are developing so rapidly that this two-year-old book already feels outdated.
I should mention that the two sides given coverage in the politics section are not given to give both sides a fair hearing, but rather to see the cherry picking and denials of the the science skeptics, as that side presents them.
The pieces in the science section cover research done over the past one hundred years or so; the pieces in the politics section present both sides of the issue—the science based and the science skeptics, although the majority are on the science side; the pieces in the impacts section look on the effects of global warming, both in general and more specific, like the greater impact on the poorer nations.The Global Warming Reader is a comprehensive resource, expertly edited by someone who lives and breathes this defining issue of our time.
Preview this book» What people are saying - Write a review5/5(1). mi-centre.com Eternelle Route Maya: Au Coeur Du Yucatan ( reads) Elvis Presley Careless Love:. In The Global Warming Reader: A Century of Writing about Climate Change, Bill McKibben, a leader in environmental journalism, has compiled a respectable sampling of writings dating from the late s to the present.
The science-oriented entries provide a quick history of scientific thinking on climate change. Jan 01, · “The Global Warming Reader”, edited by environmentalist Bill McKibben, provides a good overview of the climate crisis and global warming over the past hundred years. The book is divided into three sections: science, politics, and impact/5.
The global warming reader: a century of writing about climate change. [Bill McKibben;] -- Collects thirty-five essays on global warming from the nineteenth century to today, with contributions by Michael Crichton, Al.
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