Global Fever: How to Treat Climate Change

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University of Chicago Press, 15 apr. 2008 - 337 pagina's
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Every decade since 1950 has seen more floods and more wildfires on every continent. Deserts are expanding, coral reefs are dying, fisheries are declining, hurricanes are strengthening. The debate about climate change is over: there’s no question that global warming has made the Earth sick, and the outlook for the future calls for ever-warmer temperatures and deadlier results. Something must be done—but how quickly?
            With Global Fever, William H. Calvin delivers both a clear-eyed diagnosis and a strongly worded prescription. In striking, straightforward language, he first clearly sets out the current state of the Earth’s warming climate and the disastrous possibilities ahead should we continue on our current path. Increasing temperatures will kill off vegetation and dry up water resources, and their loss will lead, in an increasingly destructive feedback loop, to even more warming. Resource depletion, drought, and disease will follow, leading to socioeconomic upheaval—and accompanying violence—on a scale barely conceivable.
            It is still possible, Calvin argues, to avoid such a dire fate. But we must act now, aggressively funneling resources into jump-starting what would amount to a third industrial revolution, this one of clean technologies—while simultaneously expanding our use of existing low-emission technologies, from nuclear power to plug-in hybrid vehicles, until we achieve the necessary scientific breakthroughs.
            Passionately written, yet thoroughly grounded in the latest climate science, Global Fever delivers both a stark warning and an ambitious blueprint for saving the future of our planet.
  

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Inhoudsopgave

1 The Big Picture
3
2 Were Not in Kansas Anymore
13
3 Will This Overheated Frog Move?
21
4 Pop Goes the Climate
33
5 Droughts Slippery Slope
41
6 Why Deserts Expand
59
7 From Creeps to Leaps
71
8 What Makes a Cycle Vicious?
87
14 A Sea of CO2
173
15 The Extended Forecast
189
16 Doing Things Differently
205
17 Cleaning Up Our Act
219
18 The Climate Optimist
227
19 Turning Around by 2020
239
20 Arming for a Great War
273
21 Get It Right on the First Try
279

9 That Pale Blue Sky
101
10 Slip Locally Crash Globally
111
11 Come Hell and High Water
127
12 Methane Is the Double Threat
151
13 Sudden Shifts in Climate
163
Read Widely
297
List of Illustrations
301
Notes
307
Index
333
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Over de auteur (2008)

William H. Calvin is professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle and the author of fourteen books, including A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Climate Change, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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