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Old 12-07-2009, 02:54 AM   #1
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Recommendations for books on climate change?

I was reading this article on The Guardian about Copenhagen and started wondering if it was really time I got some serious reading done on the subject of climate change. I'm aware that George Monbiot has some books out on the subject, but I'm wondering if MobileRead.com readers have any suggestions for books that aren't too heavy on the statistics but give a good overall picture of the current state of play and degree of knowledge?
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:06 PM   #2
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The Lorax by Dr. Seuess. I found it to have about the same amount of hard irrefutable scientific data as most climate change papers.
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:41 PM   #3
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I enjoyed "Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains by Mark Bowen". This is a classic popular science book, by a working scientist who certainly believes in human caused global warming. This isn't available as an ebook, but his "Censoring Science", a portrait of NASA climate scientist James Hansen, has a Kindle version. I have not read it, but it gets good reviews on Amazon.

I don't assume that the science questions have been settled in favor of significant warming in the near term. I just bought "What's the Worst That Could Happen? by Greg Craven" and I hope it will give me a better understanding of the arguments pro and con.
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:44 PM   #4
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If you want something a little different than what you are looking for, you can try "The Little Ice Age" by Brian Fagan. I have yet to read it, but I did see the program on it, and it's extremely interesting. It deals with climate change and it's effects.
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:13 PM   #5
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Six Degrees by Mark Lynas is a good read. Ignore the OTT cover. A good read rather than science though.

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Old 12-12-2009, 10:40 AM   #6
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I'm wondering if MobileRead.com readers have any suggestions for books that aren't too heavy on the statistics but give a good overall picture of the current state of play and degree of knowledge?
I recommend The Weather Makers, by Tim Flannery. Anything Flannery writes is worth reading.
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:26 PM   #7
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State of Fear by Michael Crichton. This is fiction but very interesting and hard to put down, like most of his books
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:37 PM   #8
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Chuck Tremper: "As the Oceans Rise" is interesting and has suggestions on how to help - including saving paper and treees by adopting Ebooks.

Here's the homepage:
http://www.astheoceansrise.com/index.htm
which includes a sample chapter.

(I should declare an interest: I was one of the people interviewed in the book.)
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:58 PM   #9
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State of Fear by Michael Crichton. This is fiction but very interesting and hard to put down, like most of his books
It is also, it is only fair to point out, very, VERY at odds with the consensus of mainstream science, and it has been heavily criticised. Eg, James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies wrote:

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He (Michael Crichton) doesn’t seem to have the foggiest notion about the science that he writes about.
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So read it by all means - it's a decent enough thriller - but please don't mistake the pseudo-science it contains for the real thing.
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:56 AM   #10
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Chuck Tremper: "As the Oceans Rise" is interesting and has suggestions on how to help - including saving paper and treees by adopting Ebooks.

Here's the homepage:
http://www.astheoceansrise.com/index.htm
which includes a sample chapter.

(I should declare an interest: I was one of the people interviewed in the book.)
Thanks so much for the link, Patricia. I have been wanting to read about Climate Change also, but am reluctant to buy print books. So I am very pleased that it is in both mobi and epub for free. I might just buy the paperback anyway so that the author gets something for his efforts.

Regards, Alex
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:17 AM   #11
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Some terrific suggestion here, folks. Keep them coming - I'm clearly not the only one with an interest on reading up on the subject.
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If you are serious read "Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years"

http://www.amazon.com/Unstoppable-Gl...1774563&sr=1-1

The debate is over. Al Gore -

The Pope himself, Paul V, now intervened again: he ordered that Galileo be brought before the Inquisition. Then the greatest man of science in that age was brought face to face with the greatest theologian--Galileo was confronted by Bellarmin. Bellarmin shows Galileo the error of his opinion and orders him to renounce it. De Lauda, fortified by a letter from the Pope, gives orders that the astronomer be placed in the dungeons of the Inquisition should he refuse to yield. Bellarmin now commands Galileo, "in the name of His Holiness the Pope and the whole Congregation of the Holy Office, to relinquish altogether the opinion that the sun is the centre of the world and immovable, and that the earth moves, nor henceforth to hold, teach, or defend it in any way whatsoever, verbally or in writing." This injunction Galileo acquiesces in and promises to obey.[

http://www.infidels.org/library/hist.../Chapter3.html

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Old 12-16-2009, 06:05 PM   #13
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Really you need to tell us your viewpoint first. Every book released will be backed by "science", even though it might not be.
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Bill Evans (used to be a TV Weatherman in NYC) had a ghost writer for a couple fiction books about climate change. Category 7 was one, it was a thriller about some guy with a weather machine.. And then I think he wrote one like the Day After Tomorrow.

Otherwise, I'd go with the Lorax.
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