Laboratory Earth: The Planetary Gamble We Can't Afford to Lose

Laboratory Earth: The Planetary Gamble We Can't Afford to Lose

Laboratory Earth: The Planetary Gamble We Can't Afford to Lose

Laboratory Earth: The Planetary Gamble We Can't Afford to Lose

Synopsis

One of the world's leading authorities on global change, the scientist who predicted the greenhouse effect more than twenty years ago, explores the science of global change and the current state of planet Earth. Filled with fascinating facts and information, this is a timely and important book for everyone concerned about the future of our planetand of humankind. Index. Illus.

Excerpt

It's a cliché, I suppose, to assert that by the time you can finally afford to purchase or accomplish some urgent dream of youth, you no longer crave it. Clearly, our perspectives change with time. in my school years, weeks of dread preceded an assignment to write a "long" paper of some twenty pages. Decades later, this ink-stained veteran of perhaps twenty thousand pages faced months of a greater anxiety: trying to cram the essence of the very complex science, technology, and policy controversies surrounding the subject of global environmental change into a "short" book of some hundred and fifty pages.

I am indebted to my agent, John Brockman, not only for reminding me that such an exercise in brevity increases the reach of one's ideas, but for creating the Science Masters series, which allows people an opportunity to be introduced in moderate depth to the substance and implications of the critical scientific issues of the day. Trading off content and context, scientific issues against policy controversies, and third-person reporting versus first-person advocacy--all in an accessible, compact package--was a major challenge. of necessity, compromises were made; but a number of endnotes and additional readings are offered for each chapter (including some of my own writings, so that any reader who may want to hear me defend in more detail some of the things asserted in these pages has citations to pursue).

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