Review: Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions

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Review: Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions By A. Barrie Pittock Pittock, A. Barrie. Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions. Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO Publishing ,2009. xvi + 350 pp. 2nd edition. ISBN 9780643094840. AU$49.95, paper.

This is indeed a comprehensive book which is, quite remarkably, both passionate and objective.

Certainly at this point in time, there is a great debate, often inadequately informed, about many aspects of climatic change. There are even those claim there is no climatic change! But there is little excuse for those who deny change or fail to accept that wide scale action by all governments is a vital priority. In writing from his long experience in climate research and his critically inquiring mind, Pittock provides the most comprehensive text which succeeds in examining all aspects across the whole world.

There is no other text which rivals its depth of summary and quality of critical analysis. The evidence presented draws on not only recent experience, but from the last 10,000 years. Of course, there are inevitably some uncertainties about the future, simply because environmental changes are dynamic, ubiquitous and continuous. But it is clear that there are high probabilities of many risks and we can already witness many of these occurring before our own eyes both earlier and on a larger scale than was generally anticipated.

I particularly value the thorough review of various mitigation strategies which might be adopted. Pittock combines his scientific understandings of these strategies with a realistic appreciation of the economic, social and political processes and forces which will shape decisions and expedite or impede implementation of programs. …


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