Synopses & Reviews
Every decade since 1950 has seen more floods and more wildfires on every continent. Deserts are expanding, coral reefs are dying, fisheries are declining, hurricanes are strengthening. The debate about climate change is over: there’s no question that global warming has made the Earth sick, and the outlook for the future calls for ever-warmer temperatures and deadlier results. Something must be done, but how quickly?
With Global Fever, William H. Calvin delivers both a clear-eyed diagnosis and a strongly worded prescription. In striking, straightforward language, he first clearly sets out the current state of the Earth's warming climate and the disastrous possibilities ahead should we continue on our current path. Increasing temperatures will kill off vegetation and dry up water resources, and their loss will lead, in an increasingly destructive feedback loop, to even more warming. Resource depletion, drought, and disease will follow, leading to socioeconomic upheaval (and accompanying violence) on a scale barely conceivable.
It is still possible, Calvin argues, to avoid such a dire fate. But we must act now, aggressively funneling resources into jump-starting what would amount to a third industrial revolution, this one of clean technologies, while simultaneously expanding our use of existing low-emission technologies, from nuclear power to plug-in hybrid vehicles, until we achieve the necessary scientific breakthroughs.
Passionately written, yet thoroughly grounded in the latest climate science, Global Fever delivers both a stark warning and an ambitious blueprint for saving the future of our planet.
"Calvin dissects the ongoing controversies over global warming like a master surgeon. Global Fever offers a sobering diagnosis for the future and a realistic assessment of effective strategies for living with the major climatic changes that are humanity's destiny." Brian Fagan, author of The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization
"This is perhaps the most accessible book that I have ever read about how humanity is changing Earth's climate, and what can be done about it." David Archer, author of Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast
About the Author
William H. Calvin is professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle and the author of fourteen books, including A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Climate Change, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of Contents
1. The Big Picture
2. We're Not in Kansas Anymore
3. Will This Overheated Frog Move?
4. "Pop!" Goes the Climate
5. Drought's Slippery Slope
6. Why Deserts Expand
7. From Creeps to Leaps
8. What Makes a Cycle Vicious?
9. That Pale Blue Sky
10. Slip Locally, Crash Globally
11. Come Hell and High Water
12. Methane is the Double Threat
13. Sudden Shifts in Climate
14. A Sea of CO2
15. The Extended Forecast
16. Doing Things Differently
17. Cleaning Up Our Act
18. The Climate Optimist
19. Turning Around by 2020
20. Arming for a Great War
21. Get It Right on the First Try
List of Illustrations