Earth: The Operators' Manual
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The Book is Better than the Title
"Earth: The Operators’ Manual". I would have ignored a book with such pretensions if I were not already familiar with the writing of the highly qualified author, Richard B. Alley. That would have been unfortunate, as I think this is the best introductory book on climate science I have encountered. His experience communicating with his students, politicians and the general public shows in his ability to explain complex subjects with simple language and well chosen ...more
Alley is a geologist at Pennsylvania State University who was done work in Greenland taking ice cores from the glaciers. These ice cores have layers in them that can be dated. The chemical composition of the ice, and of air trapped in bubbles in the ice can provide information on the climate and atmospheric composition thousands of years ago.
This book, a tie-in to a televison series, is about climate change. The book is roughly divided into two parts: evidence for climate change, and what to...more
Part III, which was the part I was most excited about, fell a bit short. I was expecting a more in depth description of the technologies/processes available for CO2 management/remediation, alternative energy sou ...more
But despite that, I think it succeded in getting the point across - we can switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy and we will have to.
Another thing that is really good about this book is that Alley can throw numbers around, but it still doesn't get hard to read.
I found "Fixing Climate" much more readable, but this book incorporates new research that has come out since then.