We thought that the 25th anniversary of Earth Day would be a good day to share this review.
Klein, Grady, and Yoram Bauman. The Cartoon
Introduction to Climate Change. (Illus.) Washington,
DC: Island Press, 2014.
This book provides a
balanced analysis of climate change and fossil fuel use in cartoon form. What's
not to like? The authors express deep concerns about what the future holds if
we do not change our fossil fuel consumption behaviors, but they do an
excellent job of presenting data and evidence about a highly polarized issue
and allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Humor eases the way for
personal contemplation of serious issues. Some of the many complex concepts
addressed are a history of the earth and of climate fluctuations; positive and
negative feedback loops; carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; global energy
balance; scientific methods and climate models; predictions of future climate
changes; impacts on water and on life on earth; uncertainty; the tragedy of the
commons; technological fixes; economic approaches to reducing carbon use; and
alternative energy sources.
22 Apr 2015 1:05 PM