If you want to read just one book on the climate crisis this is it. In this award-winning book the eminent Scientist Tim Flannery approaches the subject of climate crisis from various angles- the history, the science, the politics and the actions we all can take to fight this gravest crisis our civilization faces today. Flannery writes in a poetic language with a gift of making complex ideas simple and comprehendible. He explores the issues in great depth but does not turn off the reader for a moment with lifeless scientific facts. You can feel his love for this planet and every living being on earth in every word of his writing. The narrator did an excellent job in expressing the emotive account. I have already listened it twice and also got the hard copy for ready reference. I keep referring it to all my friends. Keep up the good work Tim!
Getting depressed about the gloom and doom news of climate catastrophe? Then read this book and you will awaken to the endless possibilities of the future that is being worked out silently by a huge number of entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers who are the pioneers of the next industrial revolution - the cleantech revolution.
This book surveys the main sources of alternative energies- solar, biofuel, wind, geothermal and oceanic. Then goes into considerable depth into describing various works going on into each area. For example, in solar energy alone, the book details over half a dozen approaches to make solar energy an efficient, cheap and viable solution. The authors describe the technology in simple terms, but with sufficient depth. At the same time, they mention the business viability and political issues. A very well rounded approach indeed!
One recurring theme throughout the book is the necessity of a carbon cap and trade program. Without a price on carbon emission, the playing field between the fossil fuels and renewable energy sources will remain uneven and the renewables will not have a chance to flourish. Free market is an wonderful instrument, but is completely dumb. Information has to be injected into the market system regarding the cost of everything.
Currently, the polluters dump the greenhouse gases into the atmosphere without a price tag. The result is sea level rise, destruction of natural habitats, melting glaciers, agricultural yield reduction, increase of diseases, environmental refugees and on and on. Doesn't these all have a price tag? Once this price tag is attached with pollution, the underlying strength of innovation and free market will unleash and get a chance to save this civilization that faces the greatest challenge in many centuries - the global warming.
This book will be enjoyable by the environmentally conscious readers, the entrepreneurs, the science lovers and just about anyone who is interested in staying informed
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