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Earth: The Operators' Manual By Richard Alley,

  • Title: Earth: The Operators' Manual
  • Author: Richard Alley
  • ISBN: 9780393081091
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Since the discovery of fire, humans have been energy users and always will be And this is a good thing our mastery of energy is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and has allowed us to be the dominant species on the planet However, this mastery comes with a price we are changing our environment in a profoundly negative way by heating it up.Using one eSince the discovery of fire, humans have been energy users and always will be And this is a good thing our mastery of energy is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and has allowed us to be the dominant species on the planet However, this mastery comes with a price we are changing our environment in a profoundly negative way by heating it up.Using one engaging story after another, coupled with accessible scientific facts, world authority Richard B Alley explores the fascinating history of energy use by humans over the centuries, gives a doubt destroying proof that already high levels of carbon dioxide are causing damaging global warming, and surveys the alternative energy options that are available to exploit right now These new energy sources might well be the engines for economic growth in the twenty first century.
    Earth The Operators Manual Since the discovery of fire humans have been energy users and always will be And this is a good thing our mastery of energy is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and has allowed us

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    1. The Book is Better than the Title Earth The Operators Manual I would have ignored a book with such pretensions if I were not already familiar with the writing of the highly qualified author, Richard B Alley That would have been unfortunate, as I think this is the best introductory book on climate science I have encountered His experience communicating with his students, politicians and the general public shows in his ability to explain complex subjects with simple language and well chosen analog [...]

    2. I have to credit the author for providing possible solutions for climate change It is however a pity that his important message was packed in such a tedious book Although the author tried to write in a pleasant, active way, the overabundance of technical details make it and I m sorry to say this a boring read.

    3. For my 10th book, I finally finished up Earth the Operators Manual by Richard Alley I learned a great deal from this book, especially in the part least related to human caused climate change As an expert in ice cores, Alley gives an accessible but detailed account of the natural processes that have shaped the world into what gave rise to the human civilization He also has an excellent treatment of the effects and science of human caused climate change, but I am familiar with that science so I d [...]

    4. Alley is a geologist at Pennsylvania State University who was done work in Greenland taking ice cores from the glaciers These ice cores have layers in them that can be dated The chemical composition of the ice, and of air trapped in bubbles in the ice can provide information on the climate and atmospheric composition thousands of years ago This book, a tie in to a televison series, is about climate change The book is roughly divided into two parts evidence for climate change, and what to do abou [...]

    5. Earth The Operator s Manual by Richard B Halley provides an engaging yet informative overview of the globe from our humanity s viewpoint Transitioning from one story to another, alongside concrete scientific evidence, Halley travels through the history of energy use throughout the world, offers comprehensive, doubt eliminating proof that high and rising levels of CO2 in our atmosphere are causing global warming, and finally finishing with a range of energy options available to us today Halley pr [...]

    6. Part I and II explain why CO2 is the main driver of global warming, and the science that s behind this statement I think it does a really good job at exposing the science and the scientific process behind climate change, and what science sources we should trust and importantly why Part III, which was the part I was most excited about, fell a bit short I was expecting a in depth description of the technologies processes available for CO2 management remediation, alternative energy sources and th [...]

    7. The book was okay It was pretty technical in its explanation about global warming and attempts to convince skeptics of why the production of CO2 is at the heart of climate change and that climate change is really happening The last half or third of the book was dedicated to discussing strategies for the future This is the part I was most excited about and it did only an ok job I thought Dr Alley was far less rigorous in his examination of possible remedies than he was in his treatment of why we [...]

    8. 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 pip [...]

    9. A large part of this book was about convincing the reader that climate change is real and since I am already convinced, it was or less wasted on me But despite that, I think it succeded in getting the point across we can switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy and we will have to.Another thing that is really good about this book is that Alley can throw numbers around, but it still doesn t get hard to read.

    10. The second part of this book was fantastic I really enjoyed it and understood it I found the first part a little tedious and sometimes over my head As someone who s very concerned about global warming, I feel a little optimistic after reading the second half of the book Now if we could just get those darn politicians to read it and act on the suggestions I found Fixing Climate much readable, but this book incorporates new research that has come out since then.

    11. Companion book to recent PBS documentary series Explains the recent discoveries of climatology lucidly and thoroughly A good book for anybody who wants to become literate in these fields.

    12. I have Dr Alley as a professor, and just like some lectures, it tends to over explain stuff But if it was someone who has never learned or read this stuff I would be good.

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