Is the world really warming?

New books on Climate Change

Syndetics book coverEconomic choices in a warming world / Christian de Perthuis.
“Since the publication of the Stern Review, economists have started to ask more normative questions about climate change. Should we act now or tomorrow? What is the best theoretical carbon price to reach long-term abatement targets? How do we discount the long-term costs and benefits of climate change? This provocative book argues that these are the wrong sorts of questions to ask because they don’t take into account the policies that have already been implemented. Instead, it urges us to concentrate on existing policies and tools by showing how the development of carbon markets could dramatically reduce world greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, triggering policies to build a new low-carbon energy system while restructuring the way agriculture interacts with forests.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA world without ice / Henry Pollack ; [foreword by Al Gore].
“This is a book about ice and people – the impact of ice on Earth, its climate, and its human residents, as well as the reciprocal impact that people are now having on ice and the climate. With clarity and insight, geophysicist Henry Pollack paints a compelling portrait of the delicate geological balance between Earth and its ice, and shows why the current rapid loss of ice portends serious consequences in our not-so-distant future…. In accessible and engaging prose, A World Without Ice explains why ice matters, how we humans are dramatically changing this critical, sustaining component of our global environment…. answers the most urgent questions about this pending crisis, and lays out the actions we must take to avoid grave repercussions on the planet we call home. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHot : living through the next fifty years on earth / Mark Hertsgaard.
“”Mark Hertsgaard is the master of a kind of travelogue reporting that lets you understand possibilities and problems in a deep way. But this time, one of the places he’s traveling to is the near future, and the news he brings back is equal parts scary, invigorating, and full of challenge. This is an important book.”–Bill McKibben.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHigh tide : the truth about our climate crisis / Mark Lynas.High Tide: The Truth about Our Climate Crisis
“A glacier disappears high in the Peruvian Andes. Floodwaters surge across the English countryside. Ten thousand Pacific Islanders begin to evacuate their homeland. A dust storm turns day into night across the Inner Mongolian plains. These events may seem unrelated, but they are not. Even as scientists and other experts debate the specifics, climate crisis is already affecting the lives of millions. In this ground-breaking book, Mark Lynas reveals the first evidence–collected during an epic three-year journey across five continents–about how global warming is hitting people’s lives all around the world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDiet for a hot planet : the climate crisis at the end of your fork and what you can do about it / Anna Lappé ; with a foreword by Bill McKibben.
“A crucial piece of the conversation about climate change, “Diet for a Hot Planet” makes the disturbing connection between food production and global warming. Food can be a powerful starting point for solutions to global environmental problems.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe great disruption : how the climate crisis will transform the global economy / Paul Gilding.
“It’s time to stop just worrying about climate change, says Paul Gilding. Instead we need to brace for impact, because global crisis is no longer avoidable. The ‘Great Disruption’ started in 2008, with spiking food and oil prices and dramatic ecological change like the melting polar icecap. It is not simply about fossil fuels and carbon footprints. We have come to the end of Economic Growth, Version 1.0, a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond the means of our planet’s ecosystems and resources…. Gilding tells us how to fight, and win, what he calls ‘the One Degree War’ to prevent catastrophic warming of the earth, and how to start today…. And, yes, there is life after shopping.” (Syndetics)