This is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash. This has been described as at least for the U. An environment consultant at New Scientist magazine since 1992, he also writes regularly for the Guardian newspaper and Yale University's prestigious e360 website. Tipping points are events that once started will cause a cascade of other events that are related. Some of the content that we make available to you through this website comes from amazon web services. Unless of course we all act, collectively, to solve the problem now. If you hit your breaks the guy behind you hits your rear so you drive on until you run into some one else rear end.
And they will t be gradual. I can't decide whether to give this 3 stars or 5 stars so I compromised. According to Jim Hansen, President George W. Global warming will very probably unleash unstoppable planetary forces. Important reading for policymakers, climate-change skeptics and anyone planning a future beyond the next decade. I have been reading this books for what seems like forever. At the time it was thought that the process would take a thousand years or more.
Above all, the scientists told him what they're now learning about the speed and violence of past natural climate change-and what it portends for our future. A tipping point seems to be at work here, as the newly melted permafrost, darker than the old frozen surface, absorbs more heat and causes more warming. Because if it isn't, given the general lack of interest in both political parties and folks in general, we might be in real trouble. Riding the carbon cycle -- In the jungle : would we notice if the Amazon went up in smoke? As I write this Hurricane Sandy is working it's way up the east coast and has the potential to be one of the most destructive storms on record. Under pressure, whether from sunspots or orbital wobbles or the depredations of humans, it lurches-virtually overnight. One climate point starts to cascade or stop and other tipping points kick in leading to an avalanche of climatic change. With Speed and Violence is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash.
The 8 years of scientific research and empirical data since it was written indicates that it's worse than that. For some reason this book took me forever to get through probably due to life commitments , but fortunately it's an easy book to put down and pick back up again. For example, the chapter on hurricanes is rather tentative about whether larger, more powerful storms will be a result of global warming going forward. The truth is far more worrying. A basic primer in climate science and the debates in the field from a British journo. Six Degrees talks about what the world looks like at 0ne through six degrees of warming.
Above all, the scientists told him what they're now learning about the speed and violence of past natural climate change-and what it portends for our future. Currently that magazine's environment and development consultant, he has also written for Audubon, Popular Science, Time, the Boston Globe, and Natural History. Alright so I am interested in climate change. One of the Best Books Ever Written on Global Warming Published in 2007 by one of Britain's leading science writers, this is one of the best books ever written on the topic of climate change. The question is what can we do to help stem global warming and how much time do we have before we hit points where there is no turning back or at least not for thousands maybe even millions of years until the planet can renew itself? All of us today will most likely see two degrees. Fred Pearce, in 37 short chapters, has given us a very readable account of the current issues in the broad subject of global warming. Pearce delivers this news in an incongruously sunny tone and ends with several optimistic chapters arguing that we can still control population growth and climate change, but his underlying thesis remains grim.
Global warming will very probably unleash unstoppable planetary forces. Where once scientists were concerned about gradual climate change, now more and more of them fear we will soon be dealing with abrupt change resulting from triggering hidden tipping points. As the climate changes, and warms globally, more extremes in weather will be seen, and some of those 100 year or 5 All in all, an excellent book. All in all, an excellent book. He covers a very wide swath of climate events, current and historical. This book is absolutely terrifying.
In addition to this, fear is growing about the carbon stored in the thick layers of permafrost in the far north, especially in Siberia. What I liked most about this book is that Pearce talks to many different scientists who have different theories about what the central driver of climate change is and what we can expect going forward. Nature is strong and packs a serious counterpunch. It's climate science for people who are magazine or newspaper favoring people. I wouldn't recommend this as a first book about the climate systems presented.
With Speed and Violence is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the constantly accumulating evidence for global warming and the dramatic effects it may unleash. This is an important and informative book about climate change, both from an historical perspective to projections for the future. His many books include Falllout, With Speed and Violence, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, The Coming Population Crash, and The Land Grabbers. One that is not even discussed in the book is the loss of the Himalayan glaciers, which feed most of the major rivers in China and India and provide the water for much of China's agriculture. Global warming will very probably unleash unstoppable planetary forces.
It could easily be read and enjoyed by someone with a vague, passing interest in global warming, Having an acute interest in climate change, I hoped this book would be right up my alley, and indeed, I was correct. Someone just told me about Citizens Climate Lobby. Where once scientists were concerned about gradual climate change, now more and more of them fear we will soon be dealing with abrupt change resulting from triggering hidden tipping points. He jumps from the glaciers to the tropics, to the oceans, back to glaciers, to the atmosphere, back to the tropics etc. ©2012 Compare 130 bookstores - All rights Reserved. Fred Pearce explains in a clear and measured way, the risks we run as we continue to ignore the massive buildup of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.