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Main Title The heat is on : the high stakes battle over Earth's threatened climate /
Author Gelbspan, Ross,
Publisher Addison-Wesley Pub. Co.,
Year Published 1997
OCLC Number 35842564
ISBN 0201132958; 9780201132953
Subjects Global warming--Government policy. ; Energy industries--Political activity. ; Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric--Government policy. ; Global warming--Government policy--United States. ; Energy industries--Political activity--United States. ; Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric--Government policy--United States. ; Klimaatveranderingen. ; Publieke opinie.
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM  QC981.8.G56G45 1997 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 11/21/1997
EJBM  QC981.8.G56G45 1997 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 08/23/2010
EKAD  QC 981.8 .G56 G45 1997 Region 4 Library/Atlanta,GA 07/23/2010
ELDM  QC981.8.G56G45 1997 NHEERL/MED Library/Duluth,MN 09/22/2006
Collation viii, 278 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
Climate change is here, now -- Of termites and computer models -- Battle for control of reality -- Congressional book burning -- Changing climate of business, boom or bankruptcy -- After Rio, the swamp of diplomacy -- Headlines from the planet -- Coming permanent state of emergency -- One pathway to a future -- Scientific critique of the greenhouse skeptics. In The Heat Is On, Ross Gelbspan exposes the deliberate campaign by oil and coal interests, teamed with conservative politicians, to confuse the public about global warming and the disruptive weather patterns that mark its initial stages. He shows how these fossil fuel proponents have supported the efforts of a small but highly vocal group of 'scientific skeptics' whose statements distort the nature of scientific debate, raising doubts in the public mind about this threat which is, in fact, a matter of solid scientific consensus. Gelbspan sets the record straight with contributions from four of the world's leading climate scientists. Ironically, The Heat Is On also shows that the news about climatic change is now so bad that it may well help to save us as it brings the worldwide insurance industry, saddled with billions in unprecedented claims from weather-related damage, into the battle against fossil fuels. The book explains what this emerging alliance among the insurance industry, environmentalists, and a number of the world's most vulnerable nations must do to save the planet. Capturing both the global scope and the historical uniqueness of our dilemma, it shows that the price of inaction may extend well beyond flood-prone lowlands and drought-prone agricultural lands. One casualty could be democracy itself as nations faced with weather-related destabilization resort to totalitarian measures to control their populations.