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Earth by Richard Alley
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Aug 11, 11

bookshelves: climate-change, ecology
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Another strong survey of the current state of climate science, giving context to important elements of history and society. A highlight is the compelling analogy of fairly urgent action stemming from the then new science of epidemiology and the need for effective public sanitation works. Just like climate action now, that was a substantial shift in society, opposed by vested interests and predicted by some to ruin the economy. It didn't. Whole new industries came into being, such as plumbing and pipework engineering, and humanity was vastly better off as a result.
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