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Dire Predictions, 2nd Edition: Understanding Climate Change

by Michael E. Mann

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A good, accessible introduction to global warming, condensing the dense and lengthy IPCC 5th report into language that lay people can grasp, complete with graphs, pictures, and animations that could be used if you have a smart phone (I do not, and cannot speak to the quality of those). One major gripe is that, while the pictures used for backdrops to many of the pages were great pictures, the text often was very hard to read on non-white pages. Some adjustment of font color was done, but it was often inadequate. Other than that, my main problem is with the ending section, on solving global warming. They did go through most of the proposed ideas, and did give some of the downsides of those ideas, but they totally ignored any ecological implications, and also dealt only with the global warming side effects. No mention of how hybrids/electric cars require scarce metals, and thus mining. The reference to biofuels as carbon neutral failed to take into effect either the decreased efficiency of those fuels, or the fossil fuels required to grow the product - not to mention, the use of switchgrass sounds admirable, but you still need land to grow it. You're not converting food to fuel, but you are going to have to take land currently dedicated to growing food to grow the switchgrass, if you're going to be able to have enough to make even a minor difference in emissions. Perhaps the biggest problem was that the authors failed to even mention the biggest problem: the need to supply a rapidly growing population with food, shelter, clothing, and transportation, and the reality that this is likely to be insoluble if we do not address population issues. I will recommend it to my students, but with some reservations. ( )
  Devil_llama | Feb 23, 2016 |
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Presents findings from the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in easy to understand language and graphics.

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