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…
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market has not—and cannot—fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.
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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.)