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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143168258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143168256
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,079 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


"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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By billious on Jan. 8 2014
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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