The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription

The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription

The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription

The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription

Synopsis

"An urgent, take-no-prisoners, in-your-face expose".--THE BOSTON GLOBE. "No other reporter has told this story as comprehensively or explored its implications for human welfare as searchingly as (Ross) Gelbspan. With a muchraking passion seen all too rarely these days, Gelbspan . . . ably dissects the flimsy sophistry of greenhouse skeptics".--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.

Excerpt

IN JANUARY 1995 A VAST SECTION OF ICE THE SIZE OF Rhode Island broke off the Larsen ice shelf in Antarctica. Although it received scant coverage in the press, it was one of the most spectacular and nightmarish manifestations yet of the ominous changes occurring on the planet.

As early as the 1970s, scientists predicted that the melting of Antarctica's ice shelf would signal the accelerating heating of the planet as human activity pushed the temperature of the earth upward. They were not wrong.

Two months later, a three-hundred-foot-deep ice shelf farther north collapsed, leaving only a plume of fragments in the Weddell Sea as evidence of its twenty-thousand-year existence.

Dr. Rodolfo del Valle, an Argentine scientist who witnessed the disintegration of the ice shelves, had little doubt about the implications when he recalled the events to a reporter from Reuters. "If conditions remain unchanged," he said, rising global temperatures . . .

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