Item description for The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change (No-Nonsense Guides) by Dinyar Godrej...
Instances of extreme weather are becoming more frequent, and there is a greater awareness of the disproportionate effect climate change has on poorer communities and countries in the South.
So climate chaos is impossible to ignore . . . or is it? Most governments have responded slowly, if at all. An attitude of denial means a reluctance to make the radi-cal changes needed.
This No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change looks at the latest findings, explores the options, and explains why carbon emissions trading and nuclear power are not the answer. It calls for measures to clean up our act, cut energy use, and improve energy efficiency.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 4.25" Height: 7" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2006
Publisher New Internationalist
ISBN 1904456413 ISBN13 9781904456414
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More About Dinyar Godrej
Dinyar Godrej has been one of the co-editors of the New Internationalist magazine since 2001. His association with the magazine (including numerous stints as guest editor) goes back to the late 1980s and he has reported on many human rights issues. He also writes the annual One World Almanac.
Reviews - What do customers think about The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change (No-Nonsense Guides)?
A bit too much nonsense Apr 19, 2007
Unfortunately the author has gotten some of the science wrong, stating for example that carbon is radioactive and mislabeling important graphs. Since this is the 3rd edition one would have hoped the editors would have glanced at the book since it was written in 2001. The author (an immigrant from India) has a very strong anti developed-world bias. He argues vehemently against carbon trading and offsets, not acknowledging that these mechanisms reduce CO2 buildup. He wants instead, I think, punishment to be meted out to the developed countries for their success and rewards to be given to developing countries for their lack of success. He does not appear to want emission controls on developing countries, but prefers that the developed world gift the developing world with free solar power plants. For a no-nonsense guide, there is too much of this nonsense. I do like the chart on top of page 138 on tips to personally cut emissions (like becoming a vegetarian).
Not "Bad Science" Anymore! Dec 26, 2002
Even conservatives now admit that global warming is a reality and that it's primarily the result of fossil fuel use (see the EPA document on global warming published earlier this year). But the extent of the problem is only beginning to sink in. The twentieth century was the hottest century, the 1990s the hottest decade of the millennium, and 1998 the hottest year of the 1990s (we know this from analyzing atmospheric gases trapped in Arctic ice). And we're only feeling the effects of CO2 emissions from 35 years ago! The nasty effects of all the emissions since then haven't even kicked in yet. Moreover, global warming will also lead to "feedback"--the official term for extreme weather. Tornadoes out of season, violent thunderstorms and hail, droughts, floodings, blizzards: all of these are already occuring as wind currents and meterological conditions feel the effects of overall global warming.
Dinyar Godrej's *Climate Change,* a volume in the excellent "No-Nonsense" series, outlines the basic (and frightening!) facts about global warming, backing his claims up with a wealth of data and references. This makes his book a convenient (and affordable) resource for anyone who wants to get a handle on what's happening to the planet. But Godrej also offers some social, political, and personal suggestions for slowing down and hopefully reducing the human activity that creates global warming. Highly recommended. Read it, get scared, get angry, get working! And while you're at it, get rid of your SUV.