2008 global warming books to watch for

The Boston Globe has two climate-related books on their list of the year’s most-expected books:

Turning to nonfiction, the year will bring a couple of books on the worrisome topic of global warming – The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations (March), by Brian Fagan, and Eric Roston‘s The Carbon Age: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat (June).


The second book is by a former Time magazine reporter who is also a once (and hopefully future) ClimateProgress blogger. I provided comments on a couple of chapters — and I think it is safe to say this book comes at the climate issue from an original angle and is very informative.

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One Response to 2008 global warming books to watch for

  1. D-pop says:

    Carbon isn’t the greatest threat to civilization. Humanity itself is.

    As Al Gore says in Inconvenient Truth, population is the single biggest problem we face. It’s a political problem. It requires a political solution.

    Reducing the human carbon footprint is a good place to start as a temporary measure, but in the long run we are going to have to reduce the human population down to a sustainable level. Six billion is not sustainable. Zero emissions coupled with a zero birthrate is where we need to be, but zero emissions is not possible. Severely reduced emissions and a negative birthrate should be the target.

    Some combination of disease, famine, war, and tax incentives for abortion and birth control, along with large reductions in energy use is what it will take.