The Hot Topic

What We Can Do About Global Warming

Author: Gabrielle Walker,David King

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547540405

Category: Science

Page: 288

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One of the most dynamic writers and one of the most respected scientists in the field of climate change offer the first concise guide to both the problems and the solutions of global warming. Guiding us past a blizzard of information and misinformation, Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King explain the science of warming, the most cutting-edge technological solutions from small to large, and the national and international politics that will affect our efforts. While there have been many other books about the problem of global warming, none has addressed what we can and should do about it so clearly and persuasively, with no spin, no agenda, and no exaggeration. Neither Walker nor King is an activist or politician, and theirs is not a generic green call to arms. Instead they propose specific ideas to fix a very specific problem. Most important, they offer hope: This is a serious issue, perhaps the most serious that humanity has ever faced. But we can still do something about it. And they’ll show us how.

An Introduction to Climate Change Economics and Policy

Author: Felix FitzRoy,Elissaios Papyrakis

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1844078094

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 214

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Interest in climate change has generated a mountain of literature leaving many floundering in the sheer flood of information, commentary, claims and initiatives. This highly accessible book assumes no prior knowledge and cuts through the confusion to explain the key economic and policy issues related to climate change in simple language and with only a few statistics. Coverage slices across the breadth and depth of climate change, providing short summaries of the most relevant research and conclusions from various disciplines. The authors highlight where economists and policy makers generally misunderstand the science of climate change, underestimate the risks of runaway warming and exaggerate the costs of radical measures to stabilize the climate. A key focus is the impact of climate change on world agriculture, the world's most important activity. The authors provide a critical examination of how current policies that promote poor water usage and soil erosion are risking a catastrophic collapse of agriculture in the poorest and most populous countries in a warming world. They look at the solutions such as how no-till, conservation farming, third generation biofuels from waste land, alternative energy, and bio-char production to raise sustainable yields, reduce emissions and sequester carbon in soil. The second, crucial thrust is a critical examination of the growth economy paradigm of rich countries that is driving climate change. The authors look at economic measures to control climate change including switching taxes from labour to carbon and subsidies from fossil and nuclear energy to renewable alternatives as well as demand management and energy saving. Overall the book provides a comprehensive, critical introduction to the issues and highlights the main policies that are needed to initiate the transformation to sustainability and avert the worst risks of climate catastrophe.

Exploring Climate Change through Science and in Society

An anthology of Mike Hulme's essays, interviews and speeches

Author: Mike Hulme

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135089833

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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Mike Hulme has been studying climate change for over thirty years and is today one of the most distinctive and recognisable voices speaking internationally about climate change in the academy, in public and in the media. The argument that he has made powerfully over the last few years is that climate change has to be understood as much as an idea situated in different cultural contexts as it is as a physical phenomenon to be studied through universal scientific practices. Climate change at its core embraces both science and society, both knowledge and culture. Hulme’s numerous academic and popular writings have explored what this perspective means for the different ways climate change is studied, narrated, argued over and acted upon. Exploring Climate Change through Science and in Society gathers together for the first time a collection of his most popular, prominent and controversial articles, essays, speeches, interviews and reviews dating back to the late 1980s. The 50 or so short items are grouped together in seven themes - Science, Researching, Culture, Policy, Communicating, Controversy, Futures - and within each theme are arranged chronologically to reveal changing ideas, evidence and perspectives about climate change. Each themed section is preceded with a brief introduction, drawing out the main issues examined. Three substantive unpublished new essays have been specially written for the book, including one reflecting on the legacy of Climategate. Taken as a collection, these writings reveal the changes in scientific and public understandings of climate change since the late 1980s, as refracted through the mind and expression of one leading academic and public commentator. The collection shows the many different ways in which it is necessary to approach the idea of climate change to interpret and make sense of the divergent and discordant voices proclaiming it in the public sphere.

The Enemies of Progress

The Dangers of Sustainability

Author: Austin Williams

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1845405927

Category: Political Science

Page: 162

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This polemical book examines the concept of sustainability and presents a critical exploration of its all-pervasive influence on society, arguing that sustainability, manifested in several guises, represents a pernicious and corrosive doctrine that has survived primarily because there seems to be no alternative to its canon: in effect, its bi-partisan appeal has depressed critical engagement and neutered politics. It is a malign philosophy of misanthropy, low aspirations and restraint. This book argues for a destruction of the mantra of sustainability, removing its unthinking status as orthodoxy, and for the reinstatement of the notions of development, progress, experimentation and ambition in its place. Al Gore insists that the ‘debate is over’, while musician K.T. Tunstall, spokesperson for ‘Global Cool’, a campaign to get stars to minimize their carbon footprint, says ‘so many people are getting involved that it is becoming really quite uncool not to be involved’. This book will say that it might not be cool, but it is imperative to argue against the moralizing of politics so that we can start to unpick the contemporary world of restrictive, sustainable practices.

The Real Global Warming Disaster

Is the obsession with 'climate change' turning out to be the most costly scientific blunder in history?

Author: Christopher Booker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441105522

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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This original book considers one of the most extraordinary scientific and political stories of our time: how in the 1980s a handful of scientists came to believe that mankind faced catastrophe from runaway global warming, and how today this has persuaded politicians to land us with what promises to be the biggest bill in history. Christopher Booker interweaves the science of global warming with that of its growing political consequences, showing how just when the politicians are threatening to change our Western way of life beyond recognition, the scientific evidence behind the global warming theory is being challenged like never before. The book exposes the myth that the global warming theory is supported by a 'consensus of the world's top climate scientists'. It shows how the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is run by a small group of 'global warming' zealots, who have repeatedly rigged evidence to support their theory. But the politicians, pushed by the media, have so fallen for its propaganda that, short of dramatic change, our Western world now faces an unprecedented disaster.

Work and the City

Author: Francis Duffy

Publisher: Artifice Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 80

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Frank Duffy, one of the leading thinkers on the future of the workplace, takes a hard look at the damage office development has done to the fabric and life of our cities. He analyses the theoretical approaches and development mechanisms that have led to sterilisation by commerce becoming the norm across the world. In Work and the City Duffy suggests ways to break out of this cycle and to develop offices in urban areas that bring benefits to both cities and the office users themselves.

Managing Scotland's Environment

Author: Charles Warren

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748624904

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 490

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Scotland's natural environment is its most treasured asset and the subject of its most vociferous debates. Charles Warren tackles land reform, the future of farming, public access, conservation of moorland and birds of prey, the place of forestry, and the control of alien species and red deer, taking up the integration of conservation with social and economic objectives.

World Cities

Achieving Liveability and Vibrancy

Author: Giok Ling Ooi,Belinda K. P. Yuen

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 324

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How does a city make sound policy decisions on sustainability and governance while simultaneously promoting economic growth and development excellence? This book focuses on the major challenges that world cities are facing in such key areas as governance, social inclusiveness, infrastructural development, financial solvency as well as environmental and ecological sustainability. Based on case studies from cities in North America, Europe, and The Asia-Pacific, this collection of essays brings together some of the top academics, professionals and policymakers from the world over and presents their views on how to best strike the balance between growth and sustainability. The range of perspectives, ideas and depth of information makes this an invaluable resource for researchers, city planning professionals and policymakers in environment, urban development and urban economic planning.

Globalism and Regionalism

Author: Jonathon Porritt

Publisher: Black Dog Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 96

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"The world is simultaneously approaching a number of crises; from climate change, to global inequity, unbalanced population growth, resource shortage and terrorism. Jonathan Porritt, in this well-argued book, recognises the role that globalism plays as both part of the problem and as an essential part of the solution. He addresses different possible modes of globalism and challenges the world's leaders to reform the way business as we know it is done. A sequel to his 2007 book Capitalism as if the World Matters, Globalism and Regionalism should be read by everyone who has an interest in the future of our planet."--BOOK JACKET.

Transport and Neighbourhoods

Author: Hank Dittmar

Publisher: Artifice Incorporated

ISBN: 9781906155117

Category: Political Science

Page: 80

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"The need to build more homes and the impact of doing so, along with the difficulty of achieving sustainable transport to serve them in a world where increased travel is a major part of our carbon footprint, are the twin themes of Hank Dittmar's assessment of the thinking informing current and future planning policy. Transport and Neighborhoods questions whether the range of initiatives offered by governments, including sustainable communities, Ecotowns and New Urbanist developments, add up to anything without decent and workable transport systems?"--BOOK JACKET.

Education and Creativity

Author: Simon Foxell,William J. Mitchell

Publisher: Black Dog Publishing

ISBN: 9781906155100

Category: Education

Page: 64

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"Education and Creativity - two views on the future of education. Simon Foxell examines the possible outcomes of current government policy for personalised learning in an increasingly stressed and competitive world. Whilst William J. Mitchell offers the education methodology developed for getting the best out of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a potential educational model for teaching and learning in general."--BOOK JACKET.

Drawdown

The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Author: Paul Hawken

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524704652

Category: Science

Page: 256

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• New York Times bestseller • The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world “At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope.” —Per Espen Stoknes, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming “There’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors. At least until now. . . . The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.” —David Roberts, Vox “This is the ideal environmental sciences textbook—only it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook.” —Peter Kareiva, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.

Climate Crisis

Author: Russ Parker

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781435852549

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Curious readers will discover how the world's climate is changing from the greenhouse effect and the ozone hole, and what we are doing to help our planet.

A Hot Tea by the Giza

The Real Global Warming, Not Co2 Hoax

Author: Nae Ismail

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1450238203

Category: Science

Page: 156

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Book Release July 13, 2010 Dear friends and colleagues, After a monthly delay, my book A HOT TEA BY THE GIZA The Real Global Warming, not CO2 hoax is released in soft cover by US publisher iUniverse. I also routinely blog on Toronto Examiner.com about global warming and CO2-GHG fallacy. I belong to Linkedln.com where Cancun, Mexico December 2010 climate conference is starting to catch much attention. Addressed to young adolescents who will be confronted full on by escalating Global Warming, the book explains a number of issues such as; 1. energy science not keeping pace with energy use brings global warming, 2. polar ice and alpine glaciers mop up human activity generated heat thankfully, 3. at 0 C they clamp Earth temperature to underpin a fluid circulatory cooling, 4. misunderstood centripetal force spawns and sustains all cyclonic swirls, 5. low ambient heat must exit in storm kinetic energy, not radiation as believed, 6. unproven CO2 - greenhouse (GHG) warming theory is scientifically flawed, 7. cloud colour by internal light reflection depends on moisture cooling rate, 8. abrupt cold dry atmospheric downburst colliding with heat jump starts a tornado, 9. surreptitious Bermuda Triangle and flight disappearances without warning, 10. Jet Stream and all other celestial ferocious dust storms share same AGBC origin, 11. radiation is pulsating E-M energy field transmission, not particles in motion, 12. sunlight is an ultra-broadband E-M energy field broadcast, not a photon beam, 13. Earths magnetic field is born out of the Ionosphere by a relative rotation, 14. intrusive rockets and jet flights intolerably scramble a fragile upper atmosphere 15. dry ionic upper climate reigns over a moisture activated troposphere weather, 16. solutions to reverse global warming and impending calamity unless remedied, 17. a hypothesis on nuclear structure to explain gamma ray (?) emission in fission, 18. etc. etc. Meant for your 2010 summer leisure reading, hopefully it will be your travel companion in days ahead and become a memento to your children and grand kids when they need a handy reference on this trans-generational scourge of modernity that we have incurred but without leaving them neither a solution, nor even a handle to begin finding one. On that cheery note I appreciate with humility your interest and patronage. Kind regards. Nae Ismail Ottawa July, 2010

The Revenge of Gaia

Earth's Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity

Author: James Lovelock

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465008666

Category: Science

Page: 208

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The key insight of Gaia Theory is that the entire Earth functions as a single living super-organism. But according to James Lovelock, the theory's originator, that organism is now sick. It is running a fever born of increased atmospheric greenhouse gases. Earth will adjust to these stresses, but the human race faces a severe test. It is already too late, Lovelock says, to prevent the global climate from “flipping” into an entirely new equilibrium that will threaten civilization as we know it. But we can do much to save humanity. In the tradition of Silent Spring, this is a call to address a major threat to our collective future.

Don't Even Think About It

Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

Author: George Marshall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 163286102X

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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The director of the Climate Outreach and Information Network explores the psychological mechanism that enables people to ignore the dangers of climate change, using sidebars, cartoons and engaging stories from his years of research to reveal how humans are wired to primarily respond to visible threats.