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Climate Change (Groundwork Guides) (edition 2012)

by Shelley Tanaka

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Title:Climate Change (Groundwork Guides)
Authors:Shelley Tanaka
Info:Groundwood Books (2012), Edition: Revised Edition, Paperback, 144 pages
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Shelly Tanaka's guide to Climate Change is a small, compact guide to past events, present initiatives, and future dangers that our earth faces as it grows warmer. Her primary objective is to educate, but later chapters seem a less than impartial call to action. Not that I disagree, but there seems no real solution that serves industrialized and less industrialized nations alike. What is important about this text is that the author seems to realize this. More often than not, I find that staunch advocates for arresting climate change do not understand the the scientific or geopolitical intricacies of the problem.

The book can carry you from ignorance about how our climate system behaves to a reasoned interpreter of the many intricacies of global politics of climate change. Many never consider these aspects of the problem. Early chapters describe the problem and provide enough knowledge of the earth's physical systems that shape our climate to bring the reader up to speed. The guide clearly describes the source/sink capacity of our earth: the role of the sun, soil, vegetation, and atmospheric buffering agents that are provided by the interrelated parts of our climate system.

Most importantly, the book excels where many climate change books fail. More often than not, advocates of climate change reforms fail to enlighten themselves with many of the other important factors that function in warming our earth. For example, the role of methane, CFCs, and nitrous oxide as greenhouse gases which hold in heat better and last longer in our atmosphere than carbon dioxide. The absence of discussion concerning these other green house gases often seems suspicious. These gases can have substantial effects, even though their lower concentration in the atmosphere makes them less significant instigators of global warming. She also makes clear to readers that the arguments made by climate change deniers about elevated carbon dioxide levels in the antarctic the ice cores mean. Sure, there are elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide in interglacial periods, but no elevations that were greater than the rise in 100 ppm we have seen in the last fifty years. The absence of these considerations does not make the argument for climate change regulation weaker. They make them stronger, and they are the only form of critical analysis that will hold up within an adversarial forum.

She also treats the topic of facing climate change from the perspective of less industrialized nations. I can't say that this aspect has been addressed in any other works that I've come in contact with. As wealthy industrialized nations begin to see that the effects of global warming are real, less industrialized nations resent have the audacity to tell poorer nations that now we must use fossil fuels responsibly.
  rgwomack | Nov 15, 2012 |
Climate change is all about the weather systems of the world and the impact humans have had on them. It is a very informative book with many side bars delving into cited cases across the globe. Some sidebars could have gone into more detail; for example, one focuses on archeological discoveries as a possible result of climate change and mentions researchers working to clone a woolly mammoth. Im sure students would enjoy such topics previously portrayed in popular culture. Information on historical figures, activism, and scientific discoveries give the reader insight into climate change and what can be done, on both a large and small scale, to combat its effects. The book is well researched, provides additional resources for research/action, and it would be a valuable teaching tool in any middle or high school classroom. ( )
  bpoche | Apr 14, 2012 |
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Climate change has been called the single greatest threat facing the planet, but there is little consensus about how to deal with it. The problem is vast, the science complex, and the economic, political, and social implications of taking action are immense. It is an issue of particular importance to young adults, who will inherit the consequences created by today’s policy makers. This book addresses the key questions surrounding this issue: What is the basic science behind climate change? Why is it difficult for people to accept what is going on? What is going to happen in the future, and what can be done about it? Perhaps most importantly, the book acknowledges that the issue involves much more than agreeing on the underlying science. Climate change is an emotionally charged political and philosophical issue as well — one that affects how governments and industry form policy, the choices people make in their daily lives, and the kind of world that awaits future generations.

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