Book Review: Climate Change, second edition by Joseph Romm
Review by John A. Heddle
If you have any questions about Global Warming, aka Climate Change, this is the go-to book for you. Beautifully organized by questions within major topics (chapters), anyone can catch up on the most recent information, discover the scientific basis for these changes, and read the predictions of scientists for the planet’s future. Written in simple direct language, without loss of accuracy or completeness, it is a delight to read. Of course, given the rapid pace of developments in this field, it will be outdated in a couple of years, as was the first edition, but it is a priceless asset now, if anything that costs $18.95 can be called priceless.
The message that is repeatedly hammered home is not only that the world has warmed by the actions of mankind but that it is rapidly becoming worse. The extreme predictions of the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) of years ago, and even quite recent ones, are now the most likely ones, not the extremes. There are some indications that the “tipping point”, the point at which the change becomes strong enough to perpetuate itself, has already been reached. For example, the warming of the Arctic is melting the peat and causing it to rot methane and carbon dioxide which cause more warming. At this point, the warming tends to become self-perpetuating regardless of how little fossil fuel we burn. The book will give anyone with grandchildren bad dreams and, one hopes, a determination to get politicians to take meaningful action.
Climate Change second edition: Joseph Romm, Oxford University Press, 2018. 318pp.