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If you had a 10 percent chance of having a fatal car accident, you'd take necessary precautions. If your finances had a 10 percent chance of suffering a severe loss, you'd reevaluate your assets. So if we know the world is warming and there's a 10 percent chance this might eventually lead to a catastrophe beyond anything we could imagine, why aren't we doing more about climate change right now? We insure our lives against an uncertain future--why not our planet?In Climate Shock, Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman explore in lively, clear terms the likely repercussions of a hotter planet, drawing on and expanding from work previously unavailable to general audiences. They show that the longer we wait to act, the more likely an extreme event will happen. A city might go underwater. A rogue nation might shoot particles into the Earth's atmosphere, geoengineering cooler temperatures. Zeroing in on the unknown extreme risks that may yet dwarf all else, the authors look at how economic forces that make sensible climate policies difficult to enact, make radical would-be fixes like geoengineering all the more probable. What we know about climate change is alarming enough. What we don't know about the extreme risks could be far more dangerous. Wagner and Weitzman help readers understand that we need to think about climate change in the same way that we think about insurance--as a risk management problem, only here on a global scale.Demonstrating that climate change can and should be dealt with--and what could happen if we don't do so--Climate Shock tackles the defining environmental and public policy issue of our time.
In 2006, NASA's top climate scientist warned that we have at most a decade to turn the tide on global warming. After that, James Hansen said, all bets are off. Temperature rises of 3 to 7 degrees Farenheit will "produce a different planet. " If Hansen is right-and most scientists think he is-then every year lost is a year closer to the precipice. In more positive terms, we have one last chance-but one chance only-to save the planet. This guide is about that last chance. It's a result of hundreds of how-do-we-do-this-right discussions over many years. Author and entrepreneur Peter Barnes want to share what he's learned in these discussions because the climate crisis must be solved now, and popular understanding is a pre-requisite to getting a solution that actually solves the problem. As a result of these numerous discussions, Barnes come to appreciate that climate policy isn't as simple as one would want it to be. But it's not rocket science, either. When details get complicated, the key is to remember what we, as a nation and a species, must very quickly do: install a workable and lasting system for limiting our use of the atmosphere.
In 2006, NASA's top climate scientist warned that we have at most a decade to turn the tide on global warming. After that, James Hansen said, all bets are off. Temperature rises of 3 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit will "produce a different planet." If Hansen is right--and most scientists think he is--then every year lost is a year closer to the precipice. In more positive terms, we have one last chance-but one chance only-to save the planet. This guide is about that last chance. It's a result of hundreds of how-do-we-do-this-right discussions over many years. Author and entrepreneur Peter Barnes want to share what he's learned in these discussions because the climate crisis must be solved now, and popular understanding is a prerequisite to getting a solution that actually solves the problem. As a result of these numerous discussions, Barnes come to appreciate that climate policy isn't as simple as one would want it to be. But it's not rocket science, either. When details get complicated, the key is to remember what we, as a nation and a species, must very quickly do: install a workable and lasting system for limiting our use of the atmosphere.
Each month brings new scientific findings that demonstrate the ways in which human activities, from resource extraction to carbon emissions, are doing unprecedented, perhaps irreparable damage to our world. As we hear these climate change reports and their predictions for the future of Earth, many of us feel a sickening sense of déjà vu, as though we have already seen the sad outcome to this story. Drawing from recent scholarship that analyzes climate change as a form of "slow violence" that humans are inflicting on the environment, Climate Trauma theorizes that such violence is accompanied by its own psychological condition, what its author terms "Pretraumatic Stress Disorder." Examining a variety of films that imagine a dystopian future, renowned media scholar E. Ann Kaplan considers how the increasing ubiquity of these works has exacerbated our sense of impending dread. But she also explores ways these films might help us productively engage with our anxieties, giving us a seemingly prophetic glimpse of the terrifying future selves we might still work to avoid becoming. Examining dystopian classics like Soylent Green alongside more recent examples like The Book of Eli, Climate Trauma also stretches the limits of the genre to include features such as Blindness, The Happening, Take Shelter, and a number of documentaries on climate change. These eclectic texts allow Kaplan to outline the typical blind-spots of the genre, which rarely depicts climate catastrophe from the vantage point of women or minorities. Lucidly synthesizing cutting-edge research in media studies, psychoanalytic theory, and environmental science, Climate Trauma provides us with the tools we need to extract something useful from our nightmares of a catastrophic future.
Dwindling resources. Massive population shifts. Natural disasters. Any of the expected consequences of climate change could - as Gwynne Dyer argues in this galvanizing book - tip the world towards chaos and conflict. Based on exhaustive research and interviews with international experts, Climate Wars is an essential guide to the future of the planet.
Waves of climate refugees. Dozens of failed states. All-out war. From one of the world's great geopolitical analysts comes a terrifying glimpse of the strategic realities of the near future, when climate change drives the world's powers towards the cut-throat politics of survival. Prescient and unflinching, Climate Wars will be one of the most important books of the coming years. Read it and find out what we're heading for.Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster, and is author of several books, including War: The Lethal Custom, Future: Tense, and The Mess They Made.
Dangerous winds are blowing across America's culture today, creating an atmosphere of extreme anxiety. So why is the government making things worse? Former TV meteorologist turned talk show host Brian Sussman wondered that for years, and a decade's worth of investigation has yielded one of the most shocking stories of our time. In CLIMATEGATE, Sussman uncovers the following: * Communist founders Marx and Engels drafted the inspiration that drives today's environmentalist leaders. * Despite rigorous government-sponsored efforts to alter the record, past climate was significantly warmer than today. * Though only a minuscule sliver of earth's atmosphere, carbon dioxide is an essential nutrient for life and, when increased, can prove quite beneficial. * Barack Obama's presidency is a dream come true for those seeking to use the environment to destroy the United States. * Global warming is a convenient theory that is allowing venture capitalists, international bankers and multinational corporations to reap billions--and fellow travelers to imagine a one-world government. * Al Gore's Oscar-winning film should be considered a work of fiction. * Government agencies, elitist politicians and environmentalists are working together to block the expansion of both alternative and traditional energy resources. * The United Nation's policies have worked their way directly into U.S. environmental laws. * The recently leaked e-mails from Great Britain's climate center are further confirmation of a years-long, complex cover-up. * Updating the nation's energy grid is designed to bring Big Brother inside our home. In his book, CLIMATEGATE, Sussman combines his keen ability to readily explain complex scientific subjects with his astute political observations, driving home his conviction: the theory of man-made global warming is a fraud and many of the high-profile personalities fronting such claims are charlatans purposed to change society and make loads of cash.
We have released the genie from the bottle: climate change is coming, and there's no stopping it. The question, according to Matthew Kahn, is not how we're going to avoid a hotter future but how we're going to adapt to it. In Climatopolis, Kahn, one of the world's foremost experts on the economics of the environment, argues that cities and regions will adapt to rising temperatures over time, slowly transforming our everyday lives as we change our behaviors and our surroundings. Taking the reader on a tour of the world's cities-- from New York to Beijing to Mumbai--Kahn's clear-eyed, engaging, and optimistic message presents a positive yet realistic picture of what our urban future will look like.
From the bestselling author of Pandora's Box and Insatiable -- the story of two women whose lives are consumed by their rivalry for the same man. A seductive tale of lust and revenge, The Climax charts the entangled lives of two women -- Terelle and Kai -- who have both suffered irrecoverable losses in their pursuit of Marquise, who is believed to be dead. Kai is in prison, and Terelle suffered from a mental breakdown after losing her fiancé. After two years of catatonia, Terelle is awakened by a sweet and mysterious kiss, and the voice of her lost love. As Terelle recovers, she clings to the idea that Marquise (who is the father of her child) is still alive and out there, waiting to reunite with her. She goes into grueling rehabilitation in order to find a way back to him, all the while enduring the concern of loved ones, who think she is delusional. At the same time, Kai is jailed for a murder she didn't commit, but that doesn't stop her wanton behavior. Not a day goes by that Kai doesn't plot a wicked revenge on Terelle. Throughout steamy prison encounters, and despite a lifetime sentence, Kai vows that Terelle will never know a moment of peace, so long as she lives
"When East meets West...the result is passion!"He is Xa Shiraq, sheikh of Xabia...She is Amanda Buchanan, independent hotelier...When they meet, he declares that they are meant for each other, but what does Amanda have to offer such a man? Then the sheikh accuses her of using him to try to clear her father's name. So Amanda offers Xa Shiraq a bargain-one night of love in return for her freedom. But where will this dangerous liaison lead? Amanda finds herself hoping that she will remain the sheikh's captive for ever and ever and ever!
Leah stared down at what just a few minutes ago had been a beautiful white dot flying along the shore. Now the body of the graceful seagull had been twisted and torn almost past recognition, and as Leah conquered her revulsion to kneel in the darkness and see if life still remained, she wondered with stunned horror what kind of creature could have performed this savage act. Then, out of nowhere, she felt hands, immensely powerful hands, gripping her shoulders, pulling her backward against a hard male body. She felt breath hot in her ear, heard a low guttural sound coming from an unseen throat. And she knew the hands that had maimed that bird and those that were now upon her were the same ... and she screamed as she struggled in vain ...
A collection of poems for children.
Although many years had passed since Abbie and Lone Eagle began life together, challenges still threatened them. Now, homesteaders have come to the rugged western frontier, determined to wrest the land from the forbidden lovers and their "heathen" people. But two hearts as strong and defiant as theirs would overcome this danger, as, together, they struggled to hold on to their way of life and embrace their SAVAGE DESTINY.
From pulmonary edema to bashed knuckles, physician and outdoor athlete Dr. Patrick Brighton covers everything a climber needs to know to stay well along the way. Whether bouldering the backyard or seeking shelter high atop Aconcagua, this guide gives readers simple, straight-forward advice to help handle an emergency situation.
This book collects for the first time the black freedom movement writings of Jack O'Dell and restores one of the great unsung heroes of the civil rights movement to his rightful place in the historical record. Climbin' Jacob's Ladder puts O'Dell's historically significant essays in context and reveals how he helped shape the civil rights movement. From his early years in the 1940s National Maritime Union, to his pioneering work in the early 1960s with Martin Luther King Jr., to his international efforts for the Rainbow Coalition during the 1980s, O'Dell was instrumental in the development of the intellectual vision and the institutions that underpinned several decades of anti-racist struggle. He was a member of the outlawed Communist Party in the 1950s and endured red-baiting throughout his long social justice career. This volume is edited by Nikhil Pal Singh and includes a lengthy introduction based on interviews he conducted with O'Dell on his early life and later experiences. Climbin' Jacob's Ladder provides readers with a firm grasp of the civil rights movement's left wing, which O'Dell represents, and illuminates a more radical and global account of twentieth-century US history.
There is almost no limit to what we can accomplish--except perhaps in our own minds. Mark Wellman's relentless struggle to survive a disabling accident to become a park ranger and an accomplished wheelchair athlete, and ultimately to climb the sheer granite faces of Yosemite's El Capitan and Half Dome challenges all of us to continue to strive toward loftier goals. Foreword by Senator Robert Dole.
An American traveler in India chances upon an old storyteller, who joins him on his pilgrimage to the top of a holy hill and along the way shares the authentic flavor of India through stories of courtesans and kings, holy men and thieves, talking animals, and mythical lands. Many of them are translated here by Glucklich for the first time from the ancient Sanskrit.
This book features rare, once-thought-lost photos of the 1968 first ascent of the California Route on Cerro Fitz Roy, the third ascent of the mountain. With accompanying retrospective essays. Climbing Fitz Roy,1968, presents photo documentation of the climb, places it in the social and climbing context of the times, and reflects how this momentous trip influenced the lives of those involved, and in a greater context, the lives of so many others.
In 1999, after almost twenty years of mysterious symptoms that he tried to ignore, Montel Williams, a decorated former naval intelligence officer and Emmy Award-winning talk show host, was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Like others suffering from the devastating and often disabling disease, which attacks the central nervous system, Montel was struck with denial, fear, depression, and anger. Yet somehow he emerged with a fierce determination not to be beaten down by MS, and to live the most vital and productive life possible while becoming a dedicated spokesperson and fundraiser for the disease. Montel Williams's Climbing Higher is a penetrating and insightful look at a remarkable man, his extraordinary career, and the tumultuous life that graced him with hard-won courage and wisdom. Now he shares that wisdom in this powerful, searing book on the divergent roads a life can take and recounts how he rose to meet the painful challenges he has faced. In addition, with the help of a team of leading doctors, Montel offers up-to-the-minute information on new MS research and invaluable guidance for managing MS. Deeply personal and sure to be controversial, Climbing Higher is as honest, inspiring, and motivating as its author.
Change. <P> It happens slowly. <P> One small step at a time. <P> Important moments in African American history have occurred at the Lincoln Memorial: Marian Anderson's concert in 1939; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 's famous speech in 1963; and a visit in 2009 from the first black president and his family. This book interweaves these key events with the story of black Americans' struggle for equality.
This book introduces scouts to the adventure of climbing and rappelling. It covers equipment, safety, techniques, etc.
A brilliant book celebrating improbability as the engine that drives life, by the acclaimed author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker. The human eye is so complex and works so precisely that surely, one might believe, its current shape and function must be the product of design. How could such an intricate object have come about by chance? Tackling this subject--in writing that the New York Times called "a masterpiece"--Richard Dawkins builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on earth. The metaphor of Mount Improbable represents the combination of perfection and improbability that is epitomized in the seemingly "designed" complexity of living things. Dawkins skillfully guides the reader on a breathtaking journey through the mountain's passes and up its many peaks to demonstrate that following the improbable path to perfection takes time. Evocative illustrations accompany Dawkins's eloquent descriptions of extraordinary adaptations such as the teeming populations of figs, the intricate silken world of spiders, and the evolution of wings on the bodies of flightless animals. And through it all runs the thread of DNA, the molecule of life, responsible for its own destiny on an unending pilgrimage through time. Climbing Mount Improbable is a book of great impact and skill, written by the most prominent Darwinian of our age.
It's a treat when a scientist is able to convey the significance of a subject while at the same time commanding a reader's attention with intelligence, wit, and style. Dawkins (Chair, Public Understanding of Science, Oxford U.) manages to make the evolutionary design of animal and insect life both a source of serious biological inquiry and one of miraculous discovery. He portrays the silky worlds of spiders, how wings sprouted on previously flightless animals, the evolution of the human eye (no less than 40 leaps), and details how DNA paves the way for change across the whole spectrum of flying, swimming, and walking creatures. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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