The Carbon War: Global Warming and the End of the Oil Era

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Nature - 341 pages
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"Excessive burning of oil, gas, and coal is raising our planet's thermostat to unacceptable levels--a problem which as already resulted in increased natural catastrophes: storms, floods, droughts, and fire. Yet big oil companies have repeatedly hijacked efforts to slow global carbon emissions. The Carbon War is a major call-to-arms for the safety of our planet. Throughout the last decade, Jeremy Leggett, a distinguished scientist at Oxford University and former director for Green Peace, has worked doggedly to alert human kind to the threat of ecological catastrophe. He contends that the main enemies--Arab countries, the United States government, oil companies, and automobile manufacturers--have used junk science, an army of lobbyists, and outright lies to ensure that their profits stayed safer than the planet's future. With the grace of a novelist and the precision of a scientist, Leggett recounts his maddening interactions with scientific councils, international governmental meetings, and business leaders. Still, despite the government's backpedaling on eco-promises, the media's laziness, and the fossil fuel company rhetoric, the transition to solar energy is coming, he argues"--Publisher description.

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User Review  - Christopher Lascelles - Goodreads

Jeremy Leggett has done great things for our planet by bringing the climate warming issues we face to the attention of the business community. He will be remembered for it. While the book says what it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laurie - Goodreads

great little review of carbon politics in the 90s... nice little intro (for me) into the insurance world, which i thought of often during the 04/5 hurricane seasons. if someone know of a more recent book on that area, please let me know. Read full review


The Price of Oil
The Road to Rio
Blown Cover
Burned by Warming
Excess of Loss 151
A Mandate Delivered 185
A Discernible Human Influence
Cracks Appear in the Carbon Club
A Crime Against Humanity
The Day of the Atmosphere
Epilogue 311

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Dr. Jeremy Leggett is Director of Science at Greenpeace, United Kingdom. His numerous articles on environmental issues and science policy have appeared in a broad range of publications, including New Scientist, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Observer.

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