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From the National Geographic Society Press Release:
WASHINGTON (Oct. 6, 2009)—As world attention turns to COP15,
the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from
Dec. 7 to 18, the latest book by pioneering climate scientist
Stephen Schneider could not be more timely. In SCIENCE AS A CONTACT
SPORT...Schneider reveals the dramatic story behind the headlines
on global warming as he chronicles nearly four decades of procrastination
and politics since scientists first alerted world leaders to the
dangers of climate change.
Schneider, along with his colleagues on the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore, won the 2007
Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to enlighten the public
about human-induced climate change and to inspire action
to confront it. Schneider also was recently appointed a
National Geographic Fellow.
Peace Prize 2007, Announcement Press Conference October
12: Al Gore, Tipper Gore and to her left, 4 IPCC Lead
Authors from Stanford, Steve Schneider, Tom Heller,
Terry Root, & Chris Field.
For nearly 40 years, climate scientists
have offered suggestions to governments around the globe
on how to deal with climate risks. So why has it taken so
long for the world to agree on what action is needed to
combat the biggest threat facing mankind?
The answers are both simple and complicated,
and Schneider addresses the primary ones in this blockbuster scientific
“tell-all.” Schneider has seen more of the politics
and science of climate change than almost anyone else, and his
passion for the science has inspired many to join the campaign
to address climate change. As Tim Flannery, author of “The
Weather Makers” and chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council,
writes in the foreword, “He’s been so effective at
countering the climate skeptics and lobbyists that he’s
become a special target of their campaign to discredit leading
Writing from his own personal experience
“in the trenches of the climate wars since 1970,”
Schneider provides a blow-by-blow account of the infighting and
backroom negotiations that have brought us to the brink of disaster.
He reveals the invisible history of the decades-long struggle
to bring global warming to the world’s attention, detailing
the courage of some and the ignorance and duplicity of others
that have inhibited the world community from implementing solutions
Now we find ourselves with lost decades
and with most of the early, dire predictions happening at an accelerated
rate: sea levels rising; glaciers melting; unprecedented heat
waves and wildfires; intensification of hurricanes as they move
over warmed oceans; and arctic sea ice rapidly thinning all year
long and increasingly disappearing in summer. Further delay may
result in irreversible conditions, including melted ice sheets,
redrawn coastlines and species driven to extinction.
As dire as the forecast is, however, Schneider does not engage
in handwringing. He offers a realistic but hopeful prescription
for how we — both governments and individuals — can
take steps toward positive action. For governments, that means
creating energy-efficiency standards for buildings and machines;
investing in clean technology research; cap and trade or carbon
taxes; geoengineering schemes to try to remove CO2 from the air
and help prevent some of the large impacts of climate change;
and smart growth planning.
Individuals can do their part by avoiding unnecessary automobile
use; conserving energy at home; buying energy-efficient cars and
appliances; eating more local foodstuffs and less imported foods;
showing up at city council meetings to advocate for a greener
town; and supporting local politicians who stand up for sustainability.
“But most important for me,” he writes, “as
grandparent, parent and teacher, is to hum in your head often
the lines of the Crosby, Stills & Nash song: ‘Teach
your children well.’”
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