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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 26 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670068004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670068005
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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." -- Ross Gelbspan, author: The Heat Is On and Boiling Point

"Andrew Weaver, one of the world's foremost climate modellers, answers the otherwise confusing questions of climate change with confidence and clarity." -- James Hoggan, Chair, The David Suzuki Foundation and founder of DeSmogBlog

"At last, a look at climate that is accessible, fascinating and ultimately, a call for action. Over the past century, humanity has become so powerful we are altering the chemical makeup of the atmosphere. Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World is an insider's story of climate change. Andrew Weaver is a distinguished scientist who has been a major contributor to the Nobel prizewinning work of the IPCC. Beset by naysayers and skeptics, pressures from corporations and laggard politicians, Weaver keeps us focused on the science and the urgent need to act. 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

"It is crucial that Canadians understand the stakes in the climate debate, and Andrew Weaver has both the credentials and the straightforward style to get that job done. This is a necessary book." -- Bill McKibben, author: Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

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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."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By climatesight on Jan. 15 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's a rare day when you find a book about climate change written by a Canadian. The authors are American, mostly. Some are British or Australian. And that's a real shame, because there's a lot going on in Canadian politics about climate change ' but you can't read about it anywhere.

That's why it was so refreshing to read Keeping Our Cool by Andrew Weaver, a top Canadian climate modeler. He is a professor at the University of Victoria, the chief editor for the Journal of Climate, a lead author for the IPCC, and the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis. Certainly some impressive credentials.

The book was very well-rounded for climate literature. It covered basic scientific processes (with lots of fancy graphs), the history of climate science, and policy alternatives. But my favourite chapters had to do with the media and politics ' purely because they were Canada-specific.

I know all about George Bush's inaction on climate change. But until I read Andrew Weaver's book, I didn't see just how blatantly Stephen Harper was carrying on the torch. I've read Boykoff and Boykoff's study, which surveys American newspaper articles. But I was less aware of how the Canadian media reported climate change, apart from my local newspaper and news channel (and Rick Mercer, of course).

It was so refreshing to have a sense of what was going on at home for once, after wasting so much time trying to figure it out for myself.

My only complaint was that the book was poorly organized. It constantly switched back and forth from scientific explanations, to Canadian news, to examples of vested skeptical interests, to Canadian politics. This was probably deliberate, so that the chapters wouldn't get monotonous, but it makes it a lot harder to find what you're looking for later (like while writing a book review!)

Please visit my blog,[...], for more articles about climate change, including many book reviews.
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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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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RondoReader on Oct. 20 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Weaver's book is a comprehensive and authoritative explanation of global warming as seen by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). One might expect as much given Dr. Weaver is a renowned Canadian climate scientist and lead IPCC author. Perhaps less expected is that his liberal use of diagrams, omission of any mathematical formulas and lucid explanations of scientific concepts make the book not just readily accessible but a joy to read. From the initial scientific inquiries into the greenhouse effect made during the 18th century right up to the current status of climate models and the latest IPCC report released in 2007, Dr. Weaver guides us through the complexities of climate science with insight and clarity. If you yearn for a deeper understanding of global warming science with a minimum of the usual environmental hype; this is the book for you.

It is, perhaps, too easy to say an author missed some obscure point or should have responded to such and such objection but Dr. Weaver does come up seriously short in his failure to directly address the many issues raised by the so called "climate deniers," other than to repeat the worn out charge that all challenges to the IPCC interpretation originate with a "denial industry" funded by energy companies and the like. Are there any environmentalists who understand the obvious; that an argument is not automatically invalid simply because it is presented by someone with a stake in the outcome? Are there even any environmentalists who can see the obvious; that not every challenge to global warming has been politically motivated? Granted, some denier arguments are dealt with indirectly.
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