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With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change

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Publisher Comments:

Fred Pearce has been writing about climate change for eighteen years, and the more he learns, the worse things look. Where once scientists were concerned about gradual climate change, now more and more of them fear we will soon be dealing with abrupt change resulting from triggering hidden tipping points. Even President Bush&#39;s top climate modeler, Jim Hansen, warned in 2005 that &quot;we are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption.&quot;<BR><BR>As Pearce began working on this book, normally cautious scientists beat a path to his door to tell him about their fears and their latest findings. With Speed and Violence tells the stories of these scientists and their work&mdash;from the implications of melting permafrost in Siberia and the huge river systems of meltwater beneath the icecaps of Greenland and Antarctica to the effects of the &quot;ocean conveyor&quot; and a rare molecule that runs virtually the entire cleanup system for the planet. <BR><BR>Above all, the scientists told him what they&#39;re now learning about the speed and violence of past natural climate change&mdash;and what it portends for our future. With Speed and Violence is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash. <BR><BR>&quot;Nature is fragile, environmentalists often tell us. But the lesson of this book is that that it is not so. The truth is far more worrying. She is strong and packs a serious counter-punch. Global warming will very probably unleash unstoppable planetary forces. And they will not begradual. The history of our planet&#39;s climate shows that it does not do gradual change. Under pressure, whether from sunspots or orbital wobbles or the depredations of humans, it lurches - virtually overnight.&quot;&mdash;from the Introduction<BR><BR>&quot;If you want to quickly get up to date on climate change and its consequences, I recommend With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change. If you can read only one book on climate change, this is it.&quot;<BR>&mdash;Lester Brown, president, Earth Policy Institute<BR><BR>&quot;Pearce&#39;s survey of abrupt climate change science is a compelling and terrifying read.&quot; &mdash;In Brief (newsletter for Earth Justice)<BR><BR> &quot;You must read this book.&quot; &mdash;The Cost of Energy website<BR><BR>Praise for When the Rivers Run Dry<BR><BR>&quot;An enriching and farsighted work.&quot;<BR>&mdash;Jai Singh, San Francisco Chronicle<BR><BR>&quot;The one-word review of Pearce's book is: Terrifying. Whether he's writing about the Indian peasant farmers who draw from poisoned wells every day, the oblivious Arizonans who run fountains in the desert, or the apocalyptic moonscape that is the Aral Sea (once a thriving fishery, now a toxic cesspool), Pearce manages to convey the immense wreckage human activity is making of our lifeblood.&quot;<BR>&mdash;John McGrath, Grist<BR><BR>&quot;Pearce provides a compelling compendium of place-based water stories that reveal just how ground-shifting the world&#39;s water predicament willbe.&quot;<BR>&mdash;Sandra L. Postel, Science<BR><BR>&quot;In a highly readable style, Pearce makes the case for a new water ethos.&quot;<BR>&mdash;Todd Neale, Audubon<BR><BR>&quot;Pearce cogently presents the alarming ways in which this ecological emergency is affecting population centers, human health, food production, wildlife habitats, and species viability. Having crisscrossed the globe to research the economic, scientific, cultural, and political causes and ramifications of this under publicized tragedy, Pearce&#39;s powerful imagery, penetrating analyses, and passionate advocacy make this required reading for environmental proponents and civic leaders everywhere.&quot; <BR>&mdash;Booklist<BR><BR>&quot;He uses up-to-date science, explains difficult concepts in accurate, entertaining ways and includes a scientific glossary. The result is a gripping, highly readable book&mdash;perhaps the best discussion of climate change for lay readers.&quot;&mdash;American Magazine

Review:

"Pearce (When the Rivers Run Dry) presents some climate modelers' frightening predictions about the consequences of increased global warming. After studying the history of the earth's climate changes, these scientists have learned that, under pressure from natural forces, major shifts can happen abruptly. Today, with the added stress of human interference, irreversible changes could threaten the habitability of our planet. For example, drought and fire could cause the Amazon rainforest to disappear; huge amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that can be 100 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, could be released by the meltdown of Siberian peat; and aerosol emissions in India and China could end the indispensable Asian monsoon. Hard-line skeptics disagree, of course, but Pearce cites highly respected scientists who assert that the threats have been underestimated, especially by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Even President Bush's chief climate modeler notes that the glaciers and ice sheets at the poles are disintegrating at alarming rates and warns that we may be only a decade and one degree of warming away from global catastrophe. The science behind climate studies is complex, but Pearce makes it accessible enough to terrify even the most uninitiated layperson." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Although he considers himself a skeptical environmentalist, Pearce (a former news editor and current environment and development consultant with New Scientist) is highly alarmed about the prospect of global climate change induced by human activity, warning that, instead of the gradual climate change modeled by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we are quite likely to experience abrupt and violent change triggered by the crossing of hidden tipping points such as the release of huge amounts of methane from the melting Siberian peat, the end of the Asian monsoon as a result of aerosol emissions from China and India, or the shutdown of the ocean's conveyer belt regulating global temperatures. In addition to explaining the science of these tipping points to a lay audience, Pearce profiles the scientists involved in investigating global climate change in the past and predicting its future. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Fred Pearce has been writing about climate change for eighteen years, and the more he learns, the worse things look. Where once scientists were concerned about gradual climate change, now more and more of them fear we will soon be dealing with abrupt change resulting from triggering hidden tipping points. Even President Bush's top climate modeler, Jim Hansen, warned in 2005 that "we are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption."

As Pearce began working on this book, normally cautious scientists beat a path to his door to tell him about their fears and their latest findings. With Speed and Violence tells the stories of these scientists and their work&#8212;from the implications of melting permafrost in Siberia and the huge river systems of meltwater beneath the icecaps of Greenland and Antarctica to the effects of the "ocean conveyor" and a rare molecule that runs virtually the entire cleanup system for the planet.

Above all, the scientists told him what they're now learning about the speed and violence of past natural climate change-and what it portends for our future. With Speed and Violence is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash.

Synopsis:

As Pearce began work on this book, normally cautious scientists beat a path to his door to tell him about their fears and their latest findings. Now he presents this up-to-date and readable book about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash.

About the Author

Fred Pearce is a former news editor at New Scientist. Currently that magazine's environment and development consultant, he has also written for Audubon, Popular Science, Time, the Boston Globe, and Natural History. His books include With Speed and Violence, When the Rivers Run Dry, Keepers of the Spring, Turning Up the Heat, and Deep Jungle. He lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807085769
Subtitle:
Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change
Author:
Pearce, Fred
Author:
PEARCE, FRED
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Location:
Boston
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Climatic changes
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Climatic changes -- History.
Subject:
General Nature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25x6.29x1.13 in. 1.28 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Pearce (When the Rivers Run Dry) presents some climate modelers' frightening predictions about the consequences of increased global warming. After studying the history of the earth's climate changes, these scientists have learned that, under pressure from natural forces, major shifts can happen abruptly. Today, with the added stress of human interference, irreversible changes could threaten the habitability of our planet. For example, drought and fire could cause the Amazon rainforest to disappear; huge amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that can be 100 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, could be released by the meltdown of Siberian peat; and aerosol emissions in India and China could end the indispensable Asian monsoon. Hard-line skeptics disagree, of course, but Pearce cites highly respected scientists who assert that the threats have been underestimated, especially by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Even President Bush's chief climate modeler notes that the glaciers and ice sheets at the poles are disintegrating at alarming rates and warns that we may be only a decade and one degree of warming away from global catastrophe. The science behind climate studies is complex, but Pearce makes it accessible enough to terrify even the most uninitiated layperson." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Fred Pearce has been writing about climate change for eighteen years, and the more he learns, the worse things look. Where once scientists were concerned about gradual climate change, now more and more of them fear we will soon be dealing with abrupt change resulting from triggering hidden tipping points. Even President Bush's top climate modeler, Jim Hansen, warned in 2005 that "we are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption."

As Pearce began working on this book, normally cautious scientists beat a path to his door to tell him about their fears and their latest findings. With Speed and Violence tells the stories of these scientists and their work&#8212;from the implications of melting permafrost in Siberia and the huge river systems of meltwater beneath the icecaps of Greenland and Antarctica to the effects of the "ocean conveyor" and a rare molecule that runs virtually the entire cleanup system for the planet.

Above all, the scientists told him what they're now learning about the speed and violence of past natural climate change-and what it portends for our future. With Speed and Violence is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash.

"Synopsis" by , As Pearce began work on this book, normally cautious scientists beat a path to his door to tell him about their fears and their latest findings. Now he presents this up-to-date and readable book about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash.
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