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Washington (DC): Smithsonian Books, 2013. 100 pages.
Reviewer Daniel J. Glass writes, "Darwin: A Graphic Biography ... is, as its name suggests, a biography of the renowned scientist in graphic novel form, and it can be confidently added to the burgeoning library of such works that can be of great benefit to grade school classrooms learning about science and science history. Darwin: AGB fits the bill exactly; it is fun enough to engage teen readers and can be read in a single sitting, but is also surprisingly deep in terms of biographical and scientific details."
New York: W. W. Norton, 2011. 479 pages.
“This is a terrific book,” writes reviewer Daniel Bedford. “‘The burning question’ examines the history of humanity’s relationship to energy sources, raising the intriguing possibility that we are human partly because of our use of energy, in the form of cooking; ‘Learning while we burn’ is an extensive discussion of climate science and how past climate changes clearly show that carbon dioxide has been ‘the biggest control knob’ of earth’s climate machine over geologic time. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the processes of science and how and why science ultimately produces reliable information.”
New York: Pantheon, 2012. 240 pages.
Global Weirdness, according to reviewer Anne U. Gold, “explains the basic climate system, the greenhouse effect, and the consequences of a changing climate, as well as solutions and adaptation strategies, in sixty simple, easy-to-understand, and concise essays.” While concerned that the audience for the book is not clear, and lamenting the absence of a table of contents and index, Gold recommends it as “an interesting read for readers of all ages and backgrounds,” and describes it as “an important book that helps the climate science
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 272 pages.
“Hetherington makes a case for the reality of human-induced climate change and warns of its likely effects on the dominance of the human species on earth today,” reviewer Miriam Belmaker explains. “As if that weren’t enough, she also systematically connects the climate change we are [now] experiencing with the climate changes that have shaped us as a species.” Belmaker recommends Living in a Dangerous Climate to the general reader, but adds “professionals in the field may find the book a bit condensed and lacking in detail.”
New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 280 pages.
Guzman “thinks the human dimensions of climate change have not been well communicated to the public,” explains reviewer Amy E. Lesen, “and the main thesis of the book is that citizens will not put pressure on political leaders to act on climate change until they understand the real, tangible, and quite dramatic ways climate change will affect human populations.” She concludes, “My greatest hope for this book is that … it does indeed help convince our fellow citizens and leaders that climate change is real and anthropogenic, and requires swift global action.”
New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. 232 pages.
Reviewer John R. Mashey praises The Inquisition of Climate Science as “an excellent, well-written book for the general audience which gives readers a broad view of organized attacks on climate science over the last few decades,” quoting Powell’s conclusion, “‘If deniers can vilify individual scientists and neutralize the field of climate science simply because of ideology and a conspiracy theory, what will be the next field of science—or art, or history, or literature, or medicine...?’” He adds, “Readers new to this topic will find The Inquisition of Climate Science a fine starting point.”
New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 303 pages.
“Bill McGuire’s main thesis in Waking the Giant is that global climate change will trigger earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes that will add to the major miseries of crop failures, acidification of the ocean, flooding of coastal cities, and unbearable heat over much of the planet. He provides numerous case studies, including those of his own. His conclusions are basically correct,” writes reviewer Norman H. Sleep, who nevertheless complains of McGuire’s qualitative rather than quantitative approach and “concentration on sudden flashy disasters”.
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