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Living in the Hothouse: How Global Warming Affects Australia by Ian Lowe
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Sep 28, 2005
Publisher Scribe Publications Pty Ltd.
ISBN 1920769412 ISBN13 9781920769413
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More About Ian Lowe
For decades, Ian Lowe AO has been recognised as a leading climate change scientist. He's president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University, and an adjunct professor at Flinders and Sunshine Coast Universities. Ian has authored or co-authored 20 books, more than 50 book chapters and over 500 other publications or conference papers, with countless contributions to newspapers and other media. He's been a referee for the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, and attended the Geneva, Kyoto and Copenhagen conferences of the Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prof. Lowe has received a number of distinguished awards for his services to science, technology and environmental studies (including being made an Officer of the Order of Australia, awarded the Centenary Medal, the Eureka Prize and named Humanist of the Year). His contributions have also been recognised by the Prime Minister's Environment Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement and The Queensland Premier s Millennium Award for Excellence in Science. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Ian Lowe was born in 1942 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Griffith University, Queensland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Living in the Hothouse: How Global Warming Affects Australia?
Impressive Addition to the Literature on Global Warming Dec 26, 2005
I was very impressed with this book. Professor Lowe gives the clearest explanation I have read of the atmospheric chemistry changes behind the global warming crisis. The author completely demolishes the arguments of those who hold that this crisis is caused by variations in the orbit of the earth or by the fantasies of ecological extremists. The carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are at the highest point in the last 20 million years, and the author convincingly argues that it has become a moral imperative for the world community to make a serious response.
Much of the global warming literature is about the Northern Hemisphere with discussion about the rapidly warming Arctic, the recent hurricane disasters in the United States, and even the outbreak of malignant melanoma here in California. Therefore it is most helpful for the continent of Australia to be reporting in as well. And the dangers to that nation in terms of brushfires, substantially reduced water resources, and intense summer heat are fully documented. What is different about this book is the long list of practical proposals for reversing climate change. Not many global warming books emphasize architecture and public transportation. But if there are solutions available, these are two of the key components.
This is not a book for everyone. Those unfamiliar with Australian geography may feel lost in the place names. Political conservatives will not be happy about Professor Lowe's denunciations of the "rogue regimes" of Australian Prime Minister John Howard and US President George W Bush. Even I think that the author's antipathy toward automobiles is a bit overdone. But unless the warnings by Professor Lowe and others about impeding disaster are heeded, the next generation of global warming books may be about surviving the disaster which has already arrived.