Earth: The Operators' Manual
The book—companion to a PBS series—that proves humans are causing global warming and offers a path to the future.Since the discovery of fire, humans have been energy users and always will be. And this is a good thing-our mastery of energy is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and has allowed us to be the dominant species on the planet. However, this mastery comes with a price: we are changing our environment in a profoundly negative way by heating it up.
Using one engaging story after another, coupled with accessible scientific facts, world authority Richard B. Alley explores the fascinating history of energy use by humans over the centuries, gives a doubt-destroying proof that already-high levels of carbon dioxide are causing damaging global warming, and surveys the alternative energy options that are available to exploit right now. These new energy sources might well be the engines for economic growth in the twenty-first century.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Companion book to recent PBS documentary series. Explains the recent discoveries of climatology lucidly and thoroughly. A good book for anybody who wants to become more literate in these fields. Read full review
EARTH: The Operators' ManualUser Review - Kirkus
Alley (Geology/Penn State Univ.) brings the history of energy to light in this companion volume to a forthcoming PBS two-part special.The author has a noble agenda—the deployment of good science as ... Read full review
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