- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Original edition (July 7 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780399535017
- ISBN-13: 978-0399535017
- ASIN: 0399535012
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #833,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate Paperback – Jul 7 2009
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"Greg Craven has written a brilliant and unique work on global warming. His innovative and intelligent approach to this controversial issue is superbly crafted. It is an important book that is a must read for those who care about our planet and future generations."
-General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired)
"This book trumps most of our accounts of the global warming crisis, partly for its good humor and straightforward logic, and partly because the author has actually figured out what actions make sense. Changing your lightbulb will help a little, but changing the political debate will help enormously-and this book will get you started down that path."
-Bill McKibben, author The End of Nature
"The worst thing that could happen is that you don't read this book! Greg Craven has written a valuable primer on the global warming debate."
-Gregg Easterbrook, author, Sonic Boom
"This is a tremendous book and well worth anyone's time to read. It very clearly and concisely covers all the important points not only about the climate change situation in our moment, but how we think and decide about important issues. Anyone who enjoyed Craven's YouTube triumph "The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See" will enjoy unpacking that experience in this book, and for people running into Craven for the first time, you're in for a treat-he is funny as well as well as exceptionally clear, and wise."
-Kim Stanley Robinson, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Mars trilogy and Science in the Capital
About the Author
Greg Craven is a high school science teacher in Corvallis, Oregon, who found that-try as he might-he just couldn't leave the issue alone. While Red Bull and Little Caesar's pizza fueled the videos, it is ultimately his two young daughters that motivate him.
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Believe? Don't believe? Unsure?.....read this.
This book presents a way to look at the issue of climate change and decide for your self what action to take without having to understand the science, or know for certain what the outcome will be. It is a set of thinking tools to filter through the giant mess of information the debate has turned into. Anyone could be wrong and everyone has an imperfect mind. This book will show you how to avoid your own biases and decide for yourself, with confidence, what our best bet is on the issue of climate change. All of this is explained with simple, straight forward language and some comic relief to get you through it. It is quite possibly the best piece of writing on this issue and critical thinking as well.
The potential consequences of global climate change are enormous, so we as a society need to decide once and for all, what to do about it.
Get informed. Let it change you.
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One scenario he pays little attention to however is that if AGW turns out to be very real and +400ppm CO2 plus methane release causes catastrophic warming; flooding coastal cities, decimating formerly stable agrarian regions, toppling governments, inflicting massive human casualties, destroying economies etc. Mr. Craven would put this in the worst of all possible outcomes box- doing nothing and getting catastrophe as the payoff. But would that indeed be the worst possible outcome? I think you could argue that human life on this planet might be in need of a very severe course correction. A +5 degree global temperature rise might be just the ticket to do it- the reset button that is missing in this book.
At the very least, reading this book might make you look at some of your strongly held positions, not just on climate change, and force you to think about how you got there.
He has broken the topic down for himself, and developed a very logical way of deciding how to think about climate change and how to entertain our own personal individual decision making on this very important global topic.
I have read a lot about climate change, but this is a very excellent book that has helped me interpret and think about the topic in a much more comprehensive decision-making manner.
I highly recommend this book!!!
SHould be required reading for every high school student.