Losing Earth [E–pub/E–book]

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Losing Earth

Losing Earth characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB By 1979 we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change including how to stop it Over the next decade a handful of scientists politicians and strategists led by two unlikely heroes risked their careers in a desperate escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late Losing Earth is their story and ours The New York Times Magazine devoted an entire issue to Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking chronicle of that decade which became an instant journalistic phenomeno. It is not yet widely understood though it will be that the politician who claims that climate change is uncertain betrays humanity sic It is not yet widely understood though it will be that when a government relaxes regulations on coal fired plants or erases scientific data from a federal website it is guilty of than merely bowing to corporate interests it commits crimes against humanity Losing Earth is a stunning book to read in the middle of 2020 Not stunning as in amazingly beautiful or a stops you in your tracks sort of read Stunning as in the realization that all of the overwhelming issues that we seem to be facing in 2020 are related I live in California and have not left the house for several days because the air uality is terrible due to superfires fueled by drought and climate change The earth is burning On the other side of the country there is the constant concern of hurricanes and flooding Year after year it gets worse In Iowa they dealt with a wind event that destroyed homes and crops and bankrupted farmers And then there is COVID This fairly short book on how climate change has been dealt with by the engines of our society particularly but not exclusively US Conclusion They knew what was coming They ve known for than 100 years They knew the point of no return They all knew and worked to restrict regulation to deal with it We are no longer facing the task of preventing global warming Global warming is here We are now faced with the task of trying to limit this to less than 2 degrees The book is chronicles a number of studies both industry and government and attempts at legislation to address some elements of climate change and the efforts to curtail them The book also touches on the impacts on the environment and the tell tell signs we are seeing today The afterword is primarily opinion and prognostication but the author has based much on the contents of the book They are the Federal government the oil industry fossil fuels industry the energy utilities and the automobile industry ect THEY KNEW They made informed conscious decisions and actions about the future of mankind Forty years ago the political scientists economists social theorists and philosophers who studied the slow moving threat of climate change generally agreed that we could not be counted on to save ourselves Their theories shared a common principle that human beings whether in international bodies democracies industries political parties or as individuals are incapable of sacrificing present convenience to forestall a penalty imposed on future generations Adaptation to climate change the philosopher Klaus Meyer Abich observed in 1980 seems to be the most rational political option It is the option that we have pursued consciously or not ever since In other words we re just going to wing it It s not like this was hidden This information was available Even the industries made their studies and concerns known but the was no political will They couldn t get the people s attention Some even tried to co opt what s known as the hole in the ozone to try to drum up public support A marketing ploy that was only mildly effective According to this book the effects of the ozone were in fact cyclical but in a cynical move to get people to pay attention they hyperbolized the impact on people For a while folks were extra conscientious about wearing sunscreen otherwise it was an existential problem the fate of civilization depended on it the oceans would boil all of that But it wasn t a political problem Know how you could tell Political problems had solutions And the climate issue had none William Nordhaus upon winning the Nobel Prize in 2018 made the same point The problem is political rather than one of economics or feasibility We can trust the technology and the economics It s harder to trust human behavior Not that the industries didn t contribute to a growing desire to deny climate change Similar to tobacco they began to push the studies towards inconclusive and it isn t the fault of humans knowing that was false And the Federal government walked hand in hand with industries to obfuscate But Hansen scientist would have his way too As soon as he hung up he drafted a letter to GoreSenator Al Gore Not yet VP He explained that OMB wanted him to demote his own scientific findings to estimates from models that were unreliable and evolving His anonymous censor wanted him to say that the causes of global warming were scientifically unknown and might be attributable to natural processes caveats that would not only render his testimony meaningless but make him sound like a moron The most bizarre addition however was a statement of a different kind He was asked to demand that Congress consider only climate legislation that would immediately benefit the economy independent of concerns about an increasing greenhouse effect a sentence no scientist would ever utter unless perhaps he was employed by the American Petroleum Institute How do you get people to care about what happens 40 50 years in the future Especially a capitalist society driven by current day material wealth than the abstract well being of mankind in the future He also included a statistic rarely mentioned in accounts of the science A warming world he explained would stimulate greater energy use mainly due to higher demand for air conditioning and refrigeration By 2055 he told the executives climate change would increase national energy consumption by 4 to 6 percent And bonus initially the impact of climate change would first be felt by people who contributed the least to the problem at hand The greatest victims will be the world s most impoverished particularly in those nations that have not yet enjoyed the benefits of industrial energy consumption and particularly those who do not have white skin who will disproportionately suffer from natural disasters declines in arable land food and water shortages and migratory chaos Climate change amplifies social ineuity Why can t we deal effectively with COVID The economy For all our religious teachings mankind is not motivated by morality or compassion toward his fellow man Never has been Actions to hasten carbon dioxide emissions are the ineluctable corollary of climate denialism Once it becomes possible to disregard the welfare of future generations or those now vulnerable to flooding or drought or wildfire once it becomes possible to abandon the constraints of human empathy any monstrosity committed in the name of self interest is permissible We have watched these last 4 years as Trump eliminates regulations designed to curtail energy use and reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere He flouts these regulations as obstacles to capitalism He removed a mileage constraints that even the automobile manufacturers didn t want He brought back the energy inefficient and much less effective light bulb Got rid of mining regulations air and water pollution standards Deliberately sabotaged alternative energy initiatives The list goes on Mankind is motivated by greed Unfortunately very clearly witnessing what is happening today there is a reckoning The things that Trump has done are stupid and they set us back But the truth is that those things were not enough to impact the climate change in a meaningful way but were enough to encourage complacency The cost benefit analysis is rapidly shifting the distant perils of climate change are no longer very distant Many now occur regularly flagrantly Each superstorm and superfire is a premonition of terrifying convulsions to come But disasters alone will not revolutionize public opinion in the remaining time allotted to us It is not enough to appeal to narrow self interest narrow self interest after all is how we got here And narrow self interest is still in power And will be no matter who is elected in November We are past the point of no return The climate is changing The uestion is how much longer can we continue before we own up to the fact that we have to make drastic changes Just look at how Americans have reacted to COVID Asking them to sacrifice their SUVs is a bridge too far for many We have to convince folks that they should care about the future even though they may not see the benefits of their sacrifice in their lifetimes The future really does depend on itThe afterword of this book for me was compelling Here the author pulls down the veil of impartiality and states his views In Rich s view the Republican Party has been instrumental in defeating most attempts to deal with climate with the magnitude the resolution reuires It has always been Republicans who refuse to move forward with any meaningful climate legislation going back to Reagan Still Democrats are the opposition party and they know they won t be able to implement significant changes One can imagine that once action is possible legislatively it won t be politically feasible People will not sacrifice their comfort and convenience for a catastrophic future that they will probably not see Yes we are seeing unmistakable signs of climate change We are also seeing a President who says and I uote Just watch it will get cooler sic I don t think science knows and 35% of voters cannot be shaken from this man Resistance to science The denialist does not care about winning a war of ideas only about avoiding the appearance of amorality If the science is uncertain inaction is blameless More sociology than climate change this book chronicles the reaction to the science of climate change In order to respond effectively the world must undergo some kind of emotional intelligence metamorphosis aka GROW UP Remember we have known this was coming for over 100 years It is hard to resist liking a book that is almost hypnotizing in its righteous indignation about the ineffectiveness of government and society to deal with what is basically a potential extinction event ht Howard 45 StarsListened to the audio book but I am also rereadinghighlighting passages on kindle Matt Godfrey is an excellent narrator for this bookI will note that though the author cites numerous studies public record and published comments the book is lacking in annotation A shortcoming that didn t bother me as much as it should because I m a climate change sheeple The fucking superfires and hurricanes were enough to convince me

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Losing Earth characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Policy through misinformation propaganda and political influence The book carries the story into the present day wrestling with the long shadow of our past failures and asking crucial uestions about how we make sense of our past our future and ourselves Like John Hersey’s Hiroshima and Jonathan Schell’s The Fate of the Earth Losing Earth is the rarest of achievements a riveting work of dramatic history that articulates a moral framework for understanding how we got here and how we must go forward. 35 stars If you need a historical non fiction read to reinforce your bitterness against the boomers this is it D A little lacking as a book in terms of the narrative drive but the history it recounts is incredibly important will be an important story to remember as our planet faces the challenges ahead

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Losing Earth characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB N the subject of news coverage editorials and conversations all over the world In its emphasis on the lives of the people who grappled with the great existential threat of our age it made vivid the moral dimensions of our shared plightNow expanded into book form Losing Earth tells the human story of climate change in even richer intimate terms It reveals in previously unreported detail the birth of climate denialism and the genesis of the fossil fuel industry’s coordinated effort to thwart climate. Enlightening but depressing We knew everything we needed to know in 1988 to make the decision to start taking action to avert the global warming catastrophe but oil companies banded together to block action and support Republicans who did their bidding to oppose action So now we will get at least 3 degrees C warming when it might have been held to 15C which in terms of ultimate effects is a huge difference I voted for Reagan in ignorance of his anti environmentalism I vowed after 2000 never to vote for a Republican again this book lays out the case for the complicity or the fossil fuel industry and the Republican Party in the coming global disaster For crying out loud even Margaret Thatcher understood that global warming was real and was man made Sad when an entire political party does not care what happens to the generations to come


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    Nathaniel Rich ß 7 characters Losing Earth [E–pub/E–book] In 1979 scientists learned everything we needed to know about Earth's changing climate and the human factors that have led to it Not much has changed scientifically in the intervening years Our predictive models have gotten better and if anything we've learned that the original estimates offered by scientists regarding warming tre

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    Losing Earth [E–pub/E–book] Read & Download ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ß Nathaniel Rich Read Losing Earth Enlightening but depressing We knew everything we needed to know in 1988 to make the decision to start taking action to avert the global warming catastrophe but oil companies banded together to block action and support Republicans who did their bidding to oppose action So now we will get at least 3 degrees C warming when it might ha

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    Losing Earth [E–pub/E–book] 35 stars If you need a historical non fiction read to reinforce your bitterness against the boomers this is it D A little lacking as a book in terms of the narrative drive but the history it recounts is incredibly important will be an important story to remember as our planet faces the challenges ahead

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    Losing Earth [E–pub/E–book] I am one behind on my commitment to read 12 science books this year so I need to catch upThis is a short book bas

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    Losing Earth [E–pub/E–book] Nathaniel Rich ß 7 characters 101st book for 2019Covering a period roughly between 1979 and 1989 Nathaniel Rich's book chronicles the rise of the political awareness of the dangers of global warming and early attempts to create legislation to fix the problem What's really stands about from this book is that all the basic facts and arguments about global warming were already present by the mid 1980s Definitely worth a read 4 stars

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