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Library Journal
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In this essay on climate change, Australian scientist and author Flannery (The Weather Makers) cites findings from several recent climate reports that forecast dire consequences for our planet attributed to an increase in carbon emissions. Making a compelling call to action, he explains how and why we have reached this environmental tipping point and suggests simultaneous approaches to reach a sustainable future. One idea for carbon reduction is a joint collaboration already under way between a Danish wind-energy company and an automobile manufacturer that may produce a viable electric car. To help with carbon capture, Flannery suggests a carbon trading scheme in the forests of South America and several solutions that link carbon sequestration and food production using holistic management techniques. Verdict Flannery's brief but eloquent book challenges all citizens of the developed countries to take responsibility for the fate of our planet by living a sustainable lifestyle. An essential read. [Eight-city tour; see Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/09.]-Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice
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Writer/scientist Flannery, author of The Weather Makers (CH, Jul'06, 43-6585), presents in this small volume more warnings of the dangers of anthropogenic climate change and a call to action for slowing and reversing it. Flannery describes Now or Never as an essay, including a condensed account of causes, frightening descriptions of likely consequences, and prescriptions for mitigating and reversing global warming. Included at the end are responses from Bill McKibben, Richard Branson, Peter Singer, Fred Krupp, Peter Goldmark, Gwynne Dyer, and Alanna Mitchell--all commentators who agree with the basic theory of global warming, but who differ on the importance of different causes and on the most efficacious solutions. Flannery's devotion to spreading the word about the existence and dangers of as well as possible solutions to human-caused global warming is obvious in this book, but some readers might find his tone somewhat preachy. Nevertheless, this is an issue that deserves serious attention, and Flannery presents his arguments concisely and persuasively. Libraries developing collections with multiple viewpoints should acquire this volume. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels of academic students and general readers. A. C. Prendergast University of South Alabama


Publishers Weekly
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Flannery (The Weather Makers) makes a valuable contribution to global warming literature with this slim and eloquent brief that challenges readers to dispense with the dangerous notion that "the earth was made for us"-a convenient extrapolation of social Darwinism that the author argues is used to justify reckless treatment of the environment and smacks of embarrassing impracticality and myopia. He states that humans were made to shepherd the Earth through environmental crises and contribute to the efficiency of its massive metabolism; humans are the brains of this complex system and must make bold choices to either save the corpus totum or destroy it. A re-evaluation of human purpose on Earth is required, Flannery maintains, with a true understanding of sustainability removed from trendy "green" marketing connotations. Flannery's compelling arguments and accessible language will move the passive bystander, persuade the skeptic and rouse the activist. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved