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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada; First Edition edition (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143168258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143168256
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last, a look at climate that is accessible, fascinating, and ultimately, a call for action ... A gripping narrative, this should be the final alarm that galvanizes us to move onto a different energy path of renewables and efficiency."

-- David Suzuki, founder, The David Suzuki Foundation

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"Keeping Our Cool is a wonderful gift from a premier climate scientist to the rest of us. In the most reader-friendly prose, Andrew Weaver explains clearly and honestly what scientists do - and do not - know about our overheated planet. Andrew Weaver has given the rest of us a great gift - a clear, non-forbidding tour through the current state of climate science. Keeping Our Cool acknowledges our deepest fears even as it respects our intelligence." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Crawford on April 23 2010
Format: Hardcover
Thank you, Dr. Weaver, for attempting to educate us in your speciality with as little pain as possible and while such nonsense is bumbling about; even if there were a remote possibility of climate change not being mostly anthropogenically caused, we wouldn't be messing around in such places as the barely-feasible tar sands if we weren't running out of oil. It makes sense, from all angles, to be intensely working towards sustainability in energy. Perhaps James Lovelock is right.... we are too stupid (in general).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sindark on April 23 2010
Format: Hardcover
Canadian climatologist Andrew Weaver's Keeping Our Cool provides an excellent and accessible introduction to climatic science. It also provides a great deal of useful information specific to Canada. As a result, if I had to recommend a single book to non-scientist Canadians seeking to understand the science of climate change, it would be this one. On the matter of what is to be done, the book is useful in a numerical sense but not particularly so in a policy sense. The discussion of economic instruments is superficial and the author basically assumes that a price of carbon plus new technology will address the problem.

The book covers climatic science on two levels: in terms of the contents themselves, such as you would find in textbooks and scientific papers, and in terms of the position of science within a broader societal debate. He accurately highlights the degree to which entrenched interests have seriously muddled the public debate, creating deep confusion about how certain we are about key aspects of how the climate works. Topics well covered by the book include electromagnetic radiation, time lags associated with climate change, the nature of radiative forcing, the nature and role of the IPCC, ocean acidification, the history of human emissions, the general history of the climate, climate modeling, aerosols, hurricanes, climate change impacts in general, permafrost, and the need for humanity to eventually become carbon neutral. One quibble has to do with the sequencing: while the narrative always flows well, the progression through climate science looks a bit convoluted in retrospect. That makes it a bit hard to find your way back to this or that piece of useful information.
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Format: Paperback
Andrew Weaver has written a book that has a staggering amount of information in it. Despite this, it is readable and the average person can read it without being intimidated by technical challenges. The organization of the immense body of knowledge makes the difference I think, as well as the clear and uncomplicated style of writing. I enjoyed this book. The snippets of personal information and the contextual elements helped to pace my absorption of the material presented. Recommended.
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