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On a cold winter's night, storms outside, wrapped in a blanket by a crackling fire, whiling away the hours reading a good book.

Well, there are an increasing number of great books that suggest that blanket and fire will be required fewer and
fewer evenings in the coming years.

The genre of Global Warming literature has moved from the dusty reaches of little read science shelves to the best seller lists.

This discussion will briefly touch on some of the Global Warming books on my Energy Bookshelf -- with an urging to all of you to jump in with comments as to these and others worth reading.

NOTE: There is a key question at the end of the diary. If nothing else, please jump to the question related to the next President of the United States.

To start with, let me say that everyone of these works was worth reading and, well, in some cases reading over and over again.  Several of these merit (and will receive) independent "Energy Bookshelf" discussions.  My frustration is that I have allowed these to build up on my bookshelf, read but undiscussed, and the genre is getting ever more richly populated.

So, here a few of the Global Warming books on my Energy Bookshelf:

  • With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change by Fred Pearce. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the books are by journalists (in this case, Pearce is a well-established "skeptical [not Skeptic] environmental writer", skilled with prose and able to provide a compelling story, making even the most complex accessible to the lay reader.  Pearce, in this case, takes us on a travel through the science community, leading to a strong imperative for taking Global Warming seriously, for acting even in the face of uncertain information to avoid the risk that waiting for certainty will make catastrophy near inevitable.  

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 be gradual. The history of our planet'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.

  • Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming by Chris Mooney.  In some ways, this is the most troublesome book for me.  Mooney's last work, The Republican War on Science, provided numerous 'a ha' moments, as he provided patterns and explanations for a world that I'd watch develop and live through. Thus, Mooney set the bar high. Mooney begins with an examination (a fascinating one) of the Great Storm controversy of the 19th century, pitting empiricists against theoreticians. This sets the stage for examining the debate over Global Warming and hurricanes as one between evidence (historical) driven analysis versus modeling.  The problem with this construct, for me, is that in the 19th century case, both sides had validity and a 'consensus' developed from the evidence and learning that both sides brought to the table. While, in the end, Mooney comes down 'against' today's Skeptic empiricists, the construct creates a mental mapping that can foster a belief that the Skeptics have a good deal of validity to their arguments even though Mooney essentially dismisses them in the end. This is a good (in some ways excellent) book but, I fear, that Mooney's clear enjoyment of his time with key skeptics (sympathy?) and this construct could lead some readers astray. (This is a work that I will read again, to reflect on my own reactions.  For an alternative perspective, see RealClimate's quite positive review.) Mooney can be found blogging at SEED Science Blog, excellent material to be found there.
  • The Discovery of Global Warming Spencer Weart. This book is probably the least heralded of the ones discussed here but yet, in some ways, is perhaps the most satisfying.  This is a an excellent 'History of Science', accesible to the lay reader (ME!) and almost certainly of interest to the scientist as well.  A book well worth the read, and the second read as well. From the preface:

This book is a history of how scientists came to imagine [global warming killing maple trees]: the history of the science of climate change. It is a hopeful book. It tells how a few people, through ingenuity, stubborn persistence, and a bit of luck, came to understand a grave problem even before any effects became manifest.  And it tells how many other people, defying the old human habit of procrastinating until a situation becomes unbearable, began working out solutions.  For there are indeed ways to keep global warming within tolerable bounds with a reasonable effort.

  • An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, Al Gore:  No Global Warming literature list would, of course, be complete without AIT.  According to Bill McKibben, the zeitgeist related to Global Warming changed for two reasons: Katrina opened the door; Al Gore walked through it. Gore, who has been discussing Global Warming challenges for decades (Earth in the Balance), mixes the science with the life-long tale of learning about GW issues with a mounting concern.  He expresses, with power, the concerns that so many of us now see in regards to humanity's impact on the globe and the implications of these impacts for our future.
  • The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities, Mike Tidwell, Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. This is a work of passion, an eloquent raging against the storms and havoc to come if humanity does not take a turn to a different direction.  This is not a work that will convince a Denier (if such a thing exists) but Tidwell's passion -- along with his discussion of the changes of his own life -- can both impassion and empower readers to take action to fight for a cooler world. Some of Tidwell's other (excellent) writing can be found at the CCAN website.
  • Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do, Joe Romm.  This work might be called the work to read after seeing An Inconvenient Truth. AIT provides the hopeful future, a muted discussion of many of the risks and difficulties facing us/US in turning the tide on Global Warming. Romm hits us in the face, hard, with a terrifying future and doesn't mince words about the challenges ahead. In many ways, Hell and High Water might be the Global Warming work of most interest to the politically engaged (Democratic and/or Republican). Romm lays a strong case as to how Global Warming could be the death sentence for the Republican Party as reality becomes ever blatantly at odds with Republican Party rhetoric (or, actually, that Republican denial is ever more apparently at odds with facts staring us all in the face).  Romm also highlights how, in an ever more difficult world in the years to come, either the United States figures out how to lead in dealing with mitigating/muting Global Warming and its impacts or risks becoming a pariah nation, with dire implications for the Republic and its citizens.  Romm has been working literally for decades to try to move the globe toward a more energy efficient, renewable energy path, with experience working with the Rocky Mountain Institute and directing Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in the Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration.  Romm can be found blogging at Climate Progress.
  • The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth, Tim Flannery:  Can I question whether there are too many 'must read' books on the list?  All of these books are, to me, surprisingly accessible, all are extremely good writers.  Flannery's book might be, of all, the 'easiest' read (though none of these is an easy read).  A definite recommend.
  • A Contract with the Earth, Newt Gingrich.  Well, there had to be one "please do not read" on this list -- at least, do not read unless you want to learn about plans for a somewhat more palatable Contract on the Earth than what we face today. This work, which is scheduled to come out in the Fall, is the 'enlightened' Republican perspective on Global Warming.  Notably, none of the works above are listed in the eight pages of "sources and recommended reading". (Amusingly, one listed is the "Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy" whose website (www.crea-online.org) has lapsed.)

The above are just a selection of the works out there on Global Warming -- my selection off my shelf that might be of interest to members of this community. And, well, the few words here do justice to none of these works.

Where do you agree / disagree?  

What is missing that should be here?  

How would you change this list?

ACTION

In reaction to my post to his diary: Frameshop: Got A Question For Our Next President?, Jeffrey Feldman posted this comment

awesome
I would love to see a whole series of diaries on the global climate crisis over the next two weeks--with the scope of narrowing in on a few really great questions.

Action item:

What Climate Crisis question would you like asked of the Democratic Party Presidential Candidates at the forum at Yearly Kos?

Originally posted to A Siegel on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 08:48 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips / Mojo: 17 July 2007 (32+ / 0-)

    So, what is your Climate Crisis question for those who would be President?

    Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

    by A Siegel on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 08:41:13 PM PDT

    •  How will you slow our civilization down? (1+ / 0-)
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      JekyllnHyde

      I would probably preface it with a question from one of Teresa Brennan's books...

      "I don't recall." -- Ronald Reagan

      by Cassiodorus on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 08:49:08 PM PDT

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      •  Excellent diary ... (2+ / 0-)
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        Cassiodorus, Terra Mystica

        with much to think about there.

        Do you think that the candidates are ready to stare that question in the face?  

        Does the politically acceptable topic list prevent the required conversation?

        Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

        by A Siegel on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 08:54:28 PM PDT

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        •  Presidents cannot bring us ecosocialism (0+ / 0-)

          and I don't think they can even help, without dramatic changes in the existing relationship of government to people.

          How, for instance, could a President make it easier for me to live in an area full of community gardens?

          *****

          OK, Ok.  Here's a more realistic question:

          "Today what we get for our taxes is dollar hegemony and a bloated military.  Our terrorism policy is being used by the White House an excuse to deprive us of our civil rights: Europe, which knows far more about the problem than we do, solves it with cops.  NCLB gives us regulations and underfunding for our taxes."

          "What, precisely, will we get for our taxes under you?"

          "I don't recall." -- Ronald Reagan

          by Cassiodorus on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 09:12:39 PM PDT

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          •  Actually ... (1+ / 0-)
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            Cassiodorus
            1.  Do think that policy could foster / help community gardens.  But not sure that this is Presidential candidate debate topic.
            1.  Your question could be asked of any/all Presidential candidate and any/all would be able (I think) answer with a non-answer.
            1.  But, is that a global warming / climate crisis question?

            Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

            by A Siegel on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 09:17:04 PM PDT

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            •  Your questions: answered while you wait! (1+ / 0-)
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              A Siegel
              1.  OK... we need a new transportation system to cope with, and mitigate, abrupt climate change.  The "interstate network" needs to be replaced by a new national economic framework privileging local production, for the sake of the future.  You want to cut fossil fuel burning?  That is what it will take.  Roosevelt gave us the New Deal, and on top of it we had Truman's Fair Deal, Kennedy's New Frontier, and Johnson's Great Society.  We need a new New Deal, and an ecological Roosevelt for our times.  How are the candidates going to offer us that, as Presidents?
              1.  Which question?  The one about slowing down civilization?  Or the one about what we'll get for our taxes?  Let 'em non-answer.  Things will get better until our Presidents think seriously about the future, and about their relationship to the rest of us.  The candidates we had in '04 were rich Yalies on a lark.  We deserve better.
              1.  Yes.

              "I don't recall." -- Ronald Reagan

              by Cassiodorus on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 09:30:57 PM PDT

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              •  oops (1+ / 0-)
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                A Siegel

                Things will get better until our Presidents think seriously about the future, and about their relationship to the rest of us.

                uh, things will NOT get better until our Presidents start doing these things, or until a legitimation crisis grinds the machine to a halt.

                "I don't recall." -- Ronald Reagan

                by Cassiodorus on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 10:42:59 PM PDT

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      •  Some would argue that civilization itself... (2+ / 0-)
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        A Siegel, Cassiodorus

        ...is the problem.

        I don't know if many people who come to this blog would care for it, but Derrick Jensen wrote a pair of amazing books last year called Endgame (The Problem of Civilization and Resistance).  He essentially calls for dismantling civilization as it is inherently unsustainable, violent and destructive towards all living things.  

        I do recommend these two books as it will reshape your viewpoint on many things.  Once I get the books back from a friend, I may actually do a couple diaries on the premises he lays out in the books.

    •  If... (0+ / 0-)

      If the climate crisis is real - not "do you believe in it" - but if the climate crisis is real, and we don't succeed in drastically reducing our CO2, how will you keep Americans fed when the Midwest once again becomes a dust-bowl?

      Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

      by mataliandy on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 09:09:26 PM PDT

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    •  my q would be (3+ / 0-)
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      ssmt, mataliandy, A Siegel

      'what will you do today that would change behavior?'

      The pulpit is called bully, after all.

      People mocked Jimmy Carter with the sweater; it's going to take more than a cardigan this time.

      I could see an Al Gore effectively asking for, and more importantly getting the respect required to change behavior.

      I just don't see it in any other candidate.  

      •  Al Gore and respect (1+ / 0-)
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        A Siegel

        He'd get a huge amount of respect from a goodly portion of the population, but there is definitely the Limbaughed segment that will always see him as Algore and those who will only remember the press claiming he said he invented the internet.  

        But compared to the actual candidates, he has the credibility on the issue that they thoroughly lack.

    •  How to evacuate the coast? (0+ / 0-)

      In the light of anticipated sea level rises of one to ten meters, and very limited national and international capacity to mitigate global warming apparent, how do you propose to protect or evacuate the coastline?

  •  What a great resource--RECOMMEND! (3+ / 0-)

    I used to read Climate Progress, but fell off the routine.

    What do you think of Thom Hartmann's work on global climate change?  

    ---
    ***Buy my book, support progressive writing! Framing the Debate, in stores now...

    by Jeffrey Feldman on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 08:55:00 PM PDT

    •  Not yet read ... (0+ / 0-)

      Are you referring to  Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight?

      Honestly, great news -- there is a robust and ever growing literature. Bad news -- hard to keep up with that literature (even going back years).  

      Should we all have it on our lists/bookshelf?  Why?

      Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

      by A Siegel on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 09:01:41 PM PDT

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  •  I don't read many books (4+ / 0-)

    on the subject of climate change. I tend to prefer blogs for up to date discussion, conference proceedings, technical reports, etc. I found Pearce's With Speed and Violence a little hard to get through; perhaps it was the writing style, or maybe I was too busy to give it enough time.

    One book I am liking though, is Big Coal by Jeff Goodell. It's light on the data and graphs that can make these books obsolete before they reach the bookstores, it flows well and has many interesting interviews and anecdotes.

  •  Question for Candidates (4+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, A Siegel, chapter1, moneysmith

    If elected, given the resistance to change and opposition by energy industry interests, what would you do to have any legislation re: Global Warming passed in the United States Congress?  And, how much of your time are you willing to invest in this effort?

    A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

    by JekyllnHyde on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 08:58:52 PM PDT

    •  Good question ... (2+ / 0-)
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      JekyllnHyde, moneysmith

      better than what I posted to Jeffrey's diary (that didn't get the attention it merited).

      Thus, my post:

      From where I sit ...
      *In what terms would you describe Global Warming?  Is it an overarching crisis, that would be a core to your presidency and to which all other issues relate? Is it one of many challenges, which should be dealt with as one of many issues?  Is it an issue requiring relatively little action today, as there are more pressing issues that must be addressed immediately?  If it is central, how do you relate other issues to it? And, if not the core to your presidency, which issues would and should have

      • Leadership:  There is a perception as to a lack of leadership, that America's reinvigoration of its greatness requires leadership simply absent today. That "sacrifice" is something that is not politically acceptable -- such as discussing tax requirements to pay for today's costs.  Can you discuss how your leadership would help make sacrifice an acceptable term in American political discourse?
      • What do you think is required to deal with Global Warming?
      • Key scientists say that the United States (the Globe) must change its path as soon as possible in terms of Green-House Gas emissions or the tipping point to Catastrophic Climate Change might be passed.  What could we expect from your first 100 days in office to address Climate Change? And, how do you expect to get these through Republic roadblocks and judicial obstacles?

      (Okay, I have to ...)

      Are you ready to adopt Energize America principles and concepts as a core element of your energy plan?  

      Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

      by A Siegel on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 09:08:49 PM PDT

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    •  appoint a cabinet level someone... (4+ / 0-)

      and give them carte blanche. There has to be some way to get around the built-in inertia of congress. Now is not the time for a deliberative body that is designed for slow change.

  •  A World Without Us (3+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, A Siegel, moneysmith

    I'm currently working on Alan Weisman's latest book, which describes how the earth might proceed and how nature might recover if all humans were somehow removed from the planet.  It features a lot of looks into the planet's past to see how humans affected nature around them and how fast nature might rebound if we were suddenly no longer here.

    NYC isn't really as eternal as we might think, for instance.

    That plastic toy you bought for the cat probably is.

    So far, this has been one of the more interesting books I've read in awhile.

    I'll second With Speed and Violence by Fred Pearce.  He's a great writer.  

    Thanks for sharing these diaries.  We all need to read more.

  •  Have you read Collapse yet Adam? (2+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, A Siegel

    you really should add it to this list.

  •  climate crisis books (2+ / 0-)
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    ssmt, A Siegel

    go back to Bill McKibben's THE END OF NATURE, Ross Gelbspan's THE HEAT IS ON, DEAD HEAT by Oppenheimer and Boyle, and RED SKY AT MORNING by James Gustave Speth. Of the new ones mentioned, I've read only AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and can recmnd it as a book as well as a film--you get time to consider individual issues and facts, and see the pictures staying still!  I do admire an earlier book by Spencer Weart: NUCLEAR FEAR.

    Other new ones that sound worth investigating are HEAT: HOW TO STOP THE PLANET FROM BURNING by George Monbiot, which reportedly focuses on solutions. What I've read of his work I respect.

    UNDER A GREEN SKY by Peter Ward also seems to be worth a look.

    There is the inherent problem of information becoming obsolete very quickly, but I'm still hoping for a book that truly moves people as well as informs them, and so far, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH comes closest.    

    "The end of all intelligent analysis is to clear the way for synthesis." H.G. Wells "It's not dark yet, but it's getting there." Bob Dylan

    by Captain Future on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 10:03:52 PM PDT

    •  Under a Green Sky (1+ / 0-)
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      A Siegel

      Yes, Peter Ward's book is definitely a good one.  It goes from the viewpoint of paleontology and past mass extinctions to tie into our current climate issues.  He's definitely more guarded in his approach, but his scientific insight is astounding.  

      People should also check out his Rare Earth book, which goes about showing how complex life could be extremely rare in the universe, given the many circumstances that had to happen on earth before complex, multicellular life could evolve.  

      Once you read that, you start to get truly angry at those who would risk the existence of life on this planet for FREAKING MONEY.  For all we know, there may be just a few dozen planets in the whole galaxy that can support complex life and here we are trying to destroy it as fast as possible.  

      Anyhow, Peter Ward gets a big thumbs up from me.

    •  Agree with some of these ... (0+ / 0-)

      thought I haven't read Red Sky and Nuclear Fear, and waiting for my copy of Heat.

      And, well, re End of Nature, there was my New Year's Revolution Imagine Life Differently which began with a quote from End of Nature.  Hmmm ... hmm ... definitely should have McKibben up there, as he is important (and that is an excellent book) ... think of this list as 'recently published or forthcoming' ... Weart's is the oldest on my list (2003) but I just received it a few weeks ago.

      Finally ... excellent post.

      Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

      by A Siegel on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 10:11:31 PM PDT

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  •  Do you support a national system of bullet trains (2+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel, Bikemom

    ? Sustainable farming (emphasis on locally grown, organic food--organic at least for the environment (some people don't mind accumulating pesticides in their body fat)?

    How would you encourage the development and adoption of renewal energy?

    Personal happiness in a society is not correlated with having excessive consumer goods, but with having access to good food, clean air and water, vibrant communities, open space, personal relationships, and safety nets such as available health care and retirement security. What would you do to  transfer tax expenditures from a death culture (wars) to one that benefits our citizens?

    The Founding Fathers did not anticipate the intrusion of corporations into government, nor a Fourth Estate consolidated under the controlled of half a dozen corporations (for TV, at least). What would you do to bring people to the forefront?   How would you change the emphasis on short-term corporate profit to one that has longer-term goals?

    We don't need an endless stream of consumer goods coming from halfway around the world. We need to manufacture high-quality goods for ourselves and export as we used to do, where we can enforce environmental laws and give workers decent wages and working conditions. The items might cost a bit more, but how much do we really need, and higher-quality goods last longer and stay out of the landfill.  

    What would you do to help us return to being more self-sufficient in the U.S.?

  •  Entropy (1+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel

    That's the title of a very nice little book on, well, maybe the moral philosophy of conservation, backed by the hard science of thermodynamics.  Provocative.  It's an older, perhaps from the 1980s, but the philosophy of the situation hasn't changed, only the details of our doom have become more clear.

    Are you just going to gripe about it, or are you going to do something to change it?

    by smithbm on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 10:35:32 PM PDT

  •  Four more important links: (3+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel, ClimateLurker, ReEnergizer
    1. Climate change: A guide for the perplexed, by Michael Le Page, 16 May 2007, NewScientist.com. Link: http://tinyurl.com/...
    1. How We Know Humans Cause Global Warming, by Dr. Bill Chameides, Environmental Defense, June/July 2007. Link: http://tinyurl.com/...
    1. Swindles in the "The Great Global Warming Swindle", by Lisa Moore, Environmental Defense, July 11, 2007. Link: http://tinyurl.com/...
    1. The Warming of the Earth, A beginner's guide to understanding the issue of global warming, Woods Hole Research Center, MA. Link: http://tinyurl.com/...

    Truth, be it convenient or inconvenient, is all there is.

    by NeuvoLiberal on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 10:40:05 PM PDT

    •  html code for this: (0+ / 0-)

      <blockquote>
      <ol>
      <li>Climate change: A guide for the perplexed, by Michael Le Page, 16 May 2007, NewScientist.com. <a href="http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/dn11462" target="_blank">Link</a>: http://tinyurl.com/... </li>
      <li>How We Know Humans Cause Global Warming, by Dr. Bill Chameides, Environmental Defense, June/July 2007. <a href="http://environmentaldefenseblogs.org/climate411/2007/06/14/human_cause-1/" target="_blank">Link</a>: http://tinyurl.com/... </li>
      <li>Swindles in the "The Great Global Warming Swindle", by Lisa Moore, Environmental Defense, July 11, 2007. <a href="http://environmentaldefenseblogs.org/climate411/2007/07/11/global_warming_swindle/" target="_blank">Link</a>: http://tinyurl.com/... </li>
      <li>The Warming of the Earth, A beginner's guide to understanding the issue of global warming, Woods Hole Research Center, MA. <a href="http://www.whrc.org/resources/online_publications/warming_earth/index.htm" target="_blank">Link</a>: http://tinyurl.com/... </li>
      </blockquote>

      Truth, be it convenient or inconvenient, is all there is.

      by NeuvoLiberal on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 10:46:38 PM PDT

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      •  better working code: (0+ / 0-)

        <blockquote>
        <ol>
        <li>Climate change: A guide for the perplexed, by Michael Le Page, 16 May 2007, NewScientist.com. <a href="http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/dn11462" target="_blank">Link</a>.</li>
        <li>How We Know Humans Cause Global Warming, by Dr. Bill Chameides, Environmental Defense, June/July 2007. <a href="http://environmentaldefenseblogs.org/climate411/2007/06/14/human_cause-1/" target="_blank">Link</a>. </li>
        <li>Swindles in the "The Great Global Warming Swindle", by Lisa Moore, Environmental Defense, July 11, 2007. <a href="http://environmentaldefenseblogs.org/climate411/2007/07/11/global_warming_swindle/" target="_blank">Link</a>. </li>
        <li>The Warming of the Earth, A beginner's guide to understanding the issue of global warming, Woods Hole Research Center, MA. <a href="http://www.whrc.org/resources/online_publications/warming_earth/index.htm" target="_blank">Link</a>. </li>
        </ol>
        </blockquote>

        Truth, be it convenient or inconvenient, is all there is.

        by NeuvoLiberal on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 10:51:20 PM PDT

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    •  that's Dr. Lisa Moore (0+ / 0-)

      of Climate 411 and env. defense, who also posts diaries here.

      Truth, be it convenient or inconvenient, is all there is.

      by NeuvoLiberal on Wed Jul 18, 2007 at 10:27:20 AM PDT

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  •  I do the boinc/bbc climate change models, but (0+ / 0-)

    while climate change IS happening, I still don't have a sense yet on who or whether there may be beneficiaries of the change.

    Is global stasis the goal?  Hope not.

    My hope/view is that anticipation of the effects of change is the goal.  What can we do to arrange ourselves to take advantage of what is almost certainly happening, and what we have almost certainly caused.

    We just came out of the last Ice Age 10K years ago.  That means that the pyramids were built closer to the time that the Sahara was a garden paradise and Italy was covered by ice, than now.

    My question is who will benefit from GW?  Will the rains move north/south.  Will the Sahara bloom again due to a shift in moisture distribution due to a shift in winds, due to...

    Maybe the models aren't quite there yet, but maybe soon.

    I mean this in the nicest possible way.

  •  What a great list --- here's one addition (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    A Siegel

    I'd also recommend The Upside of Down as a book that ties in global warming with other potential crises (peak oil, population pressures, etc) to start our thinking about what we need to do to work on solutions.  

    "The less satisfaction we derive from being ourselves, the greater is our desire to be like others." - Eric Hoffer

    by Mary on Wed Jul 18, 2007 at 02:01:16 AM PDT

  •  I appreciate your reviews (0+ / 0-)

    I will add a link at Bookflurries.

    Thanks for your diary!

    "Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you. They are unique manifestations of the human spirit." Wade Davis

    by cfk on Wed Jul 18, 2007 at 09:36:57 AM PDT

  •  two more additions (0+ / 0-)

    Here's another reading list you might find interesting.

    One book that we decided to include that I'd like to add to the shelf here is Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert.

    Lisa Moore, Ph.D., Environmental Defense www.climate411.org

    by ClimateLurker on Wed Jul 18, 2007 at 10:21:00 AM PDT

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