What We Know About Climate Change

Author: Kerry Emanuel
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262305143
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The vast majority of scientists agree that human activity has significantly increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere--most dramatically since the 1970s. Yet global warming skeptics and ill-informed elected officials continue to dismiss this broad scientific consensus. In this new edition of his authoritative book, MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel -- a political conservative -- outlines the basic science of global warming and how the current consensus has emerged. He also covers two major developments that have occurred since the first edition: the most recent round of updated projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate simulations, and the so-called "climategate" incident that heralded the subsequent collapse of popular and political support in the United States for dealing with climate change.

Preparing for Climate Change

Author: Michael D. Mastrandrea
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262289113
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Global momentum is building to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, so good. The less happy news is that Earth's temperatures will continue to rise for decades. And evidence shows that climbing temperatures are already having serious consequences for vulnerable people and regions through droughts, extreme weather, and melting glaciers. In this book, climate experts Michael Mastrandrea and Stephen Schneider argue that we need to start adapting to climate change, now. They write that these efforts should focus primarily on identifying the places and people most at risk and taking anticipatory action--from developing drought-resistant crops to building sea walls. The authors roundly reject the idea that reactive, unplanned adaptation will solve our problems--that species will migrate northward as climates warm, and farmers will shift to new crops and more hospitable locations. And they are highly critical of "geoengineering" schemes that are designed to cool the planet by such methods as injecting iron into oceans or exploding volcanoes. Mastrandrea and Schneider insist that smart adaptation will require a series of local and regional projects, many of them in the countries least able to pay for them and least responsible for the problem itself. Ensuring that we address the needs of these countries, while we work globally to reduce emissions over the long term, is our best chance to avert global disaster and to reduce the terrible, unfair burdens that are likely to accompany global warming.

A Case for Climate Engineering

Author: David Keith
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262019825
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The author argues that it is time for man to at least consider climate engineering—including putting reflective particles in the atmosphere to combat global warming—but it must be considered cautiously and not be implemented until all side effects are known.

Greening the Global Economy

Author: Robert Pollin
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262028239
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A program for building a global clean energy economy while expanding job opportunities and economic well-being.

What We re Fighting for Now Is Each Other

Author: Wen Stephenson
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807088404
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The science is clear: catastrophic climate change, by any humane definition, is upon us. At the same time, the fossil-fuel industry has doubled down, economically and politically, on business as usual. We face an unprecedented situation--a radical situation. As an individual of conscience, how will you respond? In 2010, journalist Wen Stephenson woke up to the true scale and urgency of the catastrophe bearing down on humanity, starting with the poorest and most vulnerable everywhere, and confronted what he calls "the spiritual crisis at the heart of the climate crisis." Inspired by others who refused to retreat into various forms of denial and fatalism, he walked away from his career in mainstream media and became an activist, joining those working to build a transformative movement for climate justice in America. In What We're Fighting for Now Is Each Other, Stephenson tells his own story and offers an up-close, on-the-ground look at some of the remarkable and courageous people--those he calls "new American radicals"--Who have laid everything on the line to build and inspire this fast-growing movement: old-school environmentalists and young climate-justice organizers, frontline community leaders and Texas tar-sands blockaders, Quakers and college students, evangelicals and Occupiers. Most important, Stephenson pushes beyond easy labels to understand who these people really are, what drives them, and what they're ultimately fighting for. He argues that the movement is less like environmentalism as we know it and more like the great human-rights and social-justice struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from abolitionism to civil rights. It's a movement for human solidarity.--From publisher description.

Africa s Turn

Author: Edward Miguel
Publisher: Mit Press
ISBN: 9780262012898
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Signs of hope in sub-Saharan Africa: modest but steady economic growth and the spread of democracy.

Back to Full Employment

Author: Robert Pollin
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262017571
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Economist Robert Pollin argues that the United States needs to try to implement full employment and how it can help the economy.

Living in Denial

Author: Kari Marie Norgaard
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262015447
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An analysis of why people with knowledge about climate change often fail to translate that knowledge into action.

Taking Economics Seriously

Author: Dean Baker
Publisher: Mit Press
ISBN: 9780262014182
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The myth of the free market -- Malpractice: on health care, economists ignore their own rules -- Title TK -- An economy for everyone

Thinking Small

Author: Daniel Immerwahr
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674745442
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Daniel Immerwahr tells how the United States sought to rescue the world from poverty through small-scale, community-based approaches. He also sounds a warning: such strategies, now again in vogue, have been tried before, alongside grander moderization schemes—with often disastrous consequences as self-help gave way to crushing local oppression.