Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate

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National Geographic Books, 2009 - Nature - 295 pages
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It’s been nearly four decades since scientists first realized that global warming posed a potential threat to our planet. Why, if we knew of the threats way back in the Carter Administration, can’t we act decisively to limit greenhouse gases, deforestation, and catastrophic warming trends? Why are we still addicted to fossil fuels? Have we all just been fiddling for 40 years as the world burns around us?

Schneider, part of the Nobel Prize–winning team that shared the accolade with Al Gore in 2007, had a front-row seat at this unfolding environmental meltdown. Piecing together events like a detective story, Schneider reveals that as expert consensus grew, well-informed activists warned of dangerous changes no one knew how to predict precisely--and special interests seized on that very uncertainty to block any effective response. He persuasively outlines a plan to avert the building threat and develop a positive, practical policy that will bring climate change back under our control, help the economy with a new generation of green energy jobs and productivity, and reduce the dependence on unreliable exporters of oil--and thus ensure a future for ourselves and our planet that’s as rich with promise as our past.
 

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Stephen Schneider is one of the world's most esteemed climate scientists. He has spent most of the last four decades on the forefront of the scientific research involving global climate change. His ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
1
Chapter
9
Chapter
29
Chapter Four
109
Chapter
177
Chapter Seven
203
Chapter Eight
233
Chapter Nine
257
Acknowledgments
283
Index
291
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Stephen H. Schneider, PhD, winner of a MacArthur "genius grant," also won a joint Nobel Prize in 2007 with his colleagues on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has been an expert adviser to the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and both Bush administrations.

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