It is important to approach this subject objectively, and although the situation is not yet dire, we should still take steps to lessen the severity.
By Michael E. Mann ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 26, 2023
Renowned climatologist and science journalist Michael Mann takes a hard look at the possibility of climate change being irreversible. He finds that, with the right action, the worst-case scenarios can be avoided. Mann suggests that the climate is likely to return to its normal state, but this is dependent on the current economy, which is heavily reliant on fossil fuels. He points to the “sustained, massive, billions-of-dollars disinformation campaign” led by Rupert Murdoch as a major obstacle to battling climate change. He notes that, in Australia, mandatory voting and gerrymandering have helped to reduce carbon emissions, but these measures are unlikely to be adopted in the US due to right-wing opposition. Despite this, Mann’s argument is based on the idea that, with the right action, the worst-case scenarios can be avoided. He acknowledges that there is still a lot of uncertainty, but suggests that the only way to guarantee a negative outcome is to do nothing.
Pub Date: Sept. 26, 2023
Page Count: 320
Review Posted Online: today
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2023