2009年12月27日

Climate books with clout

David Reay examines the evolution of books about global warming and highlights those that have had most influence on public perceptions.


In the past two decades, a plethora of global-warming books has catered for increasingly sophisticated and specialist demand.

Science, policy and public opinion evolve daily, so any new book on climate change risks being outdated before it hits the shelves.

Novertheless, some accounts have been highly influential.


The first popularclimate-change books were generalists.

Released into a world with few competitors, Bill McKibben's The End of Nature (Random House, 1989) and John Houghton's excellentGlobal Warming : The Complete Briefing (Lion Publishing, 1994) flourished as an increasing number of readers looked for a digestible take on the dense tomes of the bewly formed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , of which Houghton was co-chairman.

These books used the blunt declaration that anthropogenic global warming is real to pull in a lay audience whose awareness of climate change was only just beginning to build.


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### DataBace ###
nature Vol.461 1019-1162 Issue no.7267 22 Octover 2009
Editorials p.1027 :"Climate of compromise"
Destination Copenhagen :「コペンハーゲン会議の行方
News p.1034 / Time running out for climate for climate talks
News Feature p.1042 / When the Ice melts
News Feature p.1048 / Counting carbon in the Amazon
Opinion p.1054 / India pushes for common responsibility ; Technological partnerships
Opinion p.1055 / China expects leadership from rich nations
Opinion p.1056 / Copenhagen needs a strong lead negotiator
; A whole solutionClever tacticsNo regrets
Books & Arts p.1058-1059 /Conveying the campaign messageSpanning diversityQ&A : The science of persuasion

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