With glaciers melting, oceans growing more acidic, species dying
out, and catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina ever more
probable, strong steps must be taken now to slow global warming.
Further warming threatens entire regional economies and the well
being of whole populations, and in this century alone, it could
create a global cataclysm. Synthesizing information from leading
scientists and the most up-to-date research, science journalist
William Sweet examines what the United States can do to help
prevent climate devastation.
Rather than focusing on cutting oil consumption, which Sweet
argues is expensive and unrealistic, the United States should
concentrate on drastically reducing its use of coal. Coal-fired
plants, which currently produce more than half of the electricity
in the United States, account for two fifths of the country's
greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Sweet believes a mixture of more environmentally sound
technologies-wind turbines, natural gas, and nuclear reactors-can
effectively replace coal plants, especially since dramatic
improvements in technology have made nuclear power cleaner, safer,
and more efficient.
Sweet cuts through all the confusion and controversies. He
explores dramatic advances made by climate scientists over the past
twenty years and addresses the various political and economic
issues associated with global warming, including the practicality
of reducing emissions from automobiles, the efficacy of taxing
energy consumption, and the responsibility of the United States to
its citizens and the international community to reduce greenhouse
gases. Timely and provocative, Kicking the Carbon Habit is
essential reading for anyone interested in environmental science,
economics, and the future of the planet.
Subjects: Political Science, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Technology
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