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Book – Red Sky at Morning by James Gustave Speth

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

“One thing is clear; the needed changes will not simply happen. No hidden hand is guiding technology or the economy towards sustainability. The issues on the global environmental agenda are precisely the type of issues – long term, chronic, complex – where genuine, farsighted leadership from elected officials as at a premium. But we have not seen this leadership emerge, and we have waited long enough. What we need now is an international movement of citizens and scientists, one capable of dramatically advancing the political and personal actions needed for the transition to sustainability.

James Gustave Speth
Dean & Professor – Yale School of Forestry & Environmental studies

I’ve read a number of books in the last few years on the coming global climate crisis and Speth’s is probably the one I would give the highest rating to. What sets Speth off from other authors is the fact that whereas they may have written extensively on the global environmental crisis, he has spent much of his life working directly on environmental issues through lawsuits, legislation, environmental research, serving as an advisor to presidents Carter and Clinton and in international negotiations to implement various treaties, conventions and protocols. 

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Book – Rare Earth

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

We may be rarer than we think 

An assumption drilled into most of us by popular science fiction is that the stars are full of planets similar to Earth and that someday, we will learn how to travel between the stars and colonize them. For us then, a new and infinitely large frontier will open up and we will be able to escape the limitations and the mistakes we’ve made here on the planet which birthed our species.

This book should be required reading for folks on all sides of the ecology debates. It indicates that our future frontier may not exist and we will have to live here forever with the consequences of our thoughtlessness.

Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe by Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee

A debate on this subject

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Book – Americans and Climate Change

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

From the opening of this book’s Executive Summary:

Why has the robust and compelling body of climate change science not had greater impact on action, especially in the United States?

From a policy-making level down to personal voting and purchasing decisions, our actions have not been commensurate with the threat as characterized by mainstream science.

This book, published by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is a concise and detailed exploration of why there is such a disjoint between what the science tells us about climate change and what Americans think about it and are doing about it.

The full Executive Summary can be found here:

The best news is that this book is available for free download as a PDF file:

If you are frustrated with America’s response to impending climate change, read this book. Understanding clearly why things are the way they are is a necessary first step towards changing them.