The Hot Topic: What We Can Do about Global Warming

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Harcourt, 2008 - Nature - 276 pages
"This is a fantastic book. It s just what the world needs right now." Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers

Last year, awareness about global warming reached a tipping point. Now 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. 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.

"A masterful book, wonderfully well-written. It should become the authoritative statement on climate change and what to do about it for years to come." James Lovelock, author of The Revenge of Gaia

GABRIELLE WALKER is a contributing editor for New Scientist and the author of two previous books. She has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and the climate change editor at Nature. She lives in London.

SIR DAVID KING, until 2007 the United Kingdom s chief scientific advisor, is currently a professor of chemistry at Cambridge University and director of the New School for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. He lives in Cambridge.

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THE HOT TOPIC: What Can We Do About Global Warming

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An incisive look at global warming.Walker (An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere, 2007, etc.), and King, director of research at the University of Cambridge, begin ... Read full review

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This is an excellent, no-nonsense book with the facts about how the world is changing right now, and what we can expect in the future. It is not about doomsday scenarios but makes the case that we do ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

GABRIELLE WALKER has a PhD in chemistry from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton universities. She is a consultant to New Scientist , contributes frequently to BBC Radio, and writes for many newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of four books, including An Ocean of Air and Antarctica . She lives in London. Sir David King is the UK Government's Chief Science Adviser. In this position, he has instigated the Energy Research Partnership, run the Government Foresight program on Flood and Coastal Defenses, and set up the Climate Change Conference at Exeter in 2005, as well as lectured on climate change to numerous parliaments and governments.

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