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With Speed and Violence

Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change

Author: Fred Pearce

How environmental “tipping points” may affect the speed of future climate change

Fred Pearce has been writing about climate change for eighteen years, and the more he learns, the worse things look. Where once scientists were concerned about gradual climate change, now more and more of them fear we will soon be dealing with abrupt change resulting from triggering hidden tipping points. Even President Bush’s top climate modeler, Jim Hansen, warned in 2005 that “we are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption.”

As Pearce began working on this book, normally cautious scientists beat a path to his door to tell him about their fears and their latest findings. With Speed and Violence tells the stories of these scientists and their work from the implications of melting permafrost in Siberia and the huge river systems of meltwater beneath the icecaps of Greenland and Antarctica to the effects of the “ocean conveyor” and a rare molecule that runs virtually the entire cleanup system for the planet.

Above all, the scientists told him what they’re now learning about the speed and violence of past natural climate change-and what it portends for our future. With Speed and Violence is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash.
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“If you want to quickly get up to date on climate change and its consequences, I recommend With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change. If you can read only one book on climate change, this is it.” —Lester Brown, president, Earth Policy Institute


Review: The Cost of Energy website - April 16, 2007
“You must read this book.” Read Full Review
Review: In Brief (newsletter for Earth Justice) - April 1, 2007
“Pearce’s survey of abrupt climate change science is a compelling and terrifying read.”
Review: Library Journal, starred review - January 15, 2007
“he has a talent for explaining science in terms understandable to the nonscientist . . . This enjoyable read was difficult to put down. A superb educational resource, it will make an excellent addition to any public library and is recommended as an essential purchase for high school, college, and university libraries.”
Review: Booklist, starred review - December 1, 2006
“No subject is more urgent or more in need of clear scientific explication than global warming, and [this] book provides invaluable information and insights.”
Review: Publisher’s Weekly - November 20, 2006
“The science behind climate studies is complex, but Pearce makes it accessible enough to terrify even the most uninitiated layperson.”
Review: Kirkus, starred review - November 15, 2006
“Well-documented and terrifying review of the scientific evidence supporting claims that Earth teeters on the edge of climactic precipice… important reading for policymakers, climate-change skeptics and anyone planning a future beyond the next decade.”

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With Speed and Violence

ISBN: 978-080708576-9
Publication Date: 3/15/2007
Pages: 304
Size:6 x 9 Inches (US)
Price:  $24.95
Format: Cloth
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