Earth under Fire: How Global Warming Is Changing the World
by Bill McKibben
Publisher's Description
Photojournalist and author Braasch (Photographing the Patterns of Nature) uses his award-winning skill behind the camera to produce a practical, level-headed and thorough overview of the current state of global warming, from a ground-level definition to stunning images of its effects: villages swept away by encroaching water, immigrating plant populations, disappearing glaciers and decimated habitats. Braasch discusses rationally the current and future impact of global warming-showing how 'the earth is becoming a different planet as the ice withdraws'-bolstering statistics such as 'Americans spend $450,000 a minute on imported oil' and '634 million people are no more than 33 feet above sea level' with well-informed text, charts, maps and sidebars from scholars and activists. The last third is devoted to 'choosing a safer, cleaner, and cooler world,' looking at how renewable fuels, energy conservation and efficiency, green building standards and local eating have a real impact on the planet's health. Happily, Braasch's view is hopeful, even when contemplating the world without us: 'life will go on in some form whether or not coral reefs or rainforests exist, or whether atmospheric oxygen is reduced by half or carbon dioxide quadrupled.' Color illus.
ISBN: 0520244389
Publisher: University of California Press
Hardcover : 295 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.1 x 1.1 inches
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