Climate change is one of the most pressing threats to humanity and to the life of creation. Although it has been disputed by politicians, the scientific community unequivocally stands behind the grim view that science lays out for us.
As one of the hottest heat waves in recent memory has just swept over the United States, we offer this list of essential books on understanding the science of climate change and the disputes that it has spawned…
Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change
|Climate Church, Climate World argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced. Hunger, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war—climate change multiplies all forms of global social injustice. Environmental leader Reverend Jim Antal presents a compelling case that it’s time for the church to meet this moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous moral challenges. Antal calls for the church to embrace a new vocation so that future generations might live in harmony with God’s creation. After describing how we have created the dangers our planet now faces, Antal urges the church to embrace a new vocation, one focused on collective salvation and an expanded understanding of the Golden Rule (Golden Rule 2.0). He suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing and other spiritual practices that honor creation and cultivate hope.
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As a climate change skeptic, it would be helpful to see author bios – or something that provides a better sense of the credentials of the person writing the book
Walt, a good and reasonable suggestion. Thanks!
Reality is that I likely might not have the time to update the post in this way.
(Guess it’s easy enough for folks to drop an author’s name into Google?)
Failed Climate Disaster Predictions
sea level rise https://www.salon.com/control/2001/10/23/weather
ice-free arctic http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7139797.stm
not ice-free https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/arctic-sea-ice/
The arctic ice trend from 1980, just after all the “New Ice Age” predictions (Time magazine, Newsweek, etc.) is down. But there has been a rebound from the 2012 low. Regardless of the trends, the prediction for ice-free by 2013 was off by millions of square kilometers or over a million square miles. In other words: epic fail.
As for the issue of “settled science” and the idea that there is a overwhelming consensus of approaching disaster: the way we know that scientific theories are valid is that they make predictions that come true. Accurate predictions are the “gold standard” of science. Climate science has a long history of failed predictions, which strongly suggests that the science is not settled. (Actually “settled science” and “scientific consensus” are oxymorons, as has been demonstrated numerous times in the last 100 years.)