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Losing Earth By 1979, We Knew Nearly Everything We Understand Today About Climate Change Including How To Stop It Over The Next Decade, A Handful Of Scientists, Politicians, And Strategists, Led By Two Unlikely Heroes, Risked Their Careers In A Desperate, Escalating Campaign To Convince The World To Act Before It Was Too Late Losing Earth Is Their Story, And Ours The New York Times Magazine Devoted An Entire Issue To Nathaniel Rich S Groundbreaking Chronicle Of That Decade, Which Became An Instant Journalistic Phenomenon The Subject Of News Coverage, Editorials, And Conversations All Over The World In Its Emphasis On The Lives Of The People Who Grappled With The Great Existential Threat Of Our Age, It Made Vivid The Moral Dimensions Of Our Shared Plight.Now Expanded Into Book Form, Losing Earth Tells The Human Story Of Climate Change In Even Richer, Intimate Terms It Reveals, In Previously Unreported Detail, The Birth Of Climate Denialism And The Genesis Of The Fossil Fuel Industry S Coordinated Effort To Thwart Climate Policy Through Misinformation Propaganda And Political Influence The Book Carries The Story Into The Present Day, Wrestling With The Long Shadow Of Our Past Failures And Asking Crucial Questions About How We Make Sense Of Our Past, Our Future, And Ourselves Like John Hersey S Hiroshima And Jonathan Schell S The Fate Of The Earth, Losing Earth Is The Rarest Of Achievements A Riveting Work Of Dramatic History That Articulates A Moral Framework For Understanding How We Got Here, And How We Must Go Forward.

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  • ebook
  • 224 pages
  • Losing Earth
  • Nathaniel Rich
  • 08 May 2019
  • 9780374721138

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About the Author: Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich is an American novelist and essayist He is the author of two novels, Odds Against Tomorrow FSG, 2013 , and The Mayor s Tongue Riverhead, 2008 , as well as a nonfiction book about film noir, San Francisco Noir The Little Bookroom, 2005 His criticism and journalism appear regularly in The New York Times Magazine, Harper s, and The New York Review of Books.

10 thoughts on “Losing Earth

  1. says:

    Climate change is not a new phenomenon We have known for decades that it s happening And to put it quite simply, we have not done enough about it Considering the scope of what we face, we have done absolutely nothing to prevent it.As the years have passed, the problem has got progressively worse We burn fossil fuels and we cut down of the rain forest to accommodate our ever growing and longer living population We live in the now, engaging in the same circular petty politics that only exist to serve the neoliberalist state and continue to destroy our home with our consumerism We don t grow We don t learn And, if we carry on, we re all going to die because we are losing the earth This book is a brief history, chronicling the decade that we really could have prevented the destruction we have subsequently wrought on our home We have permanently changed the biology of our planet The damage is totally irreversible as we have lost so many species because their habitat has ceased to exist because of our actions We will never get them back They will never walk the earth again and it s completely on us We are to blame Nothing but a globally co ordinated action plan...

  2. says:

    while I m familiar with the science obviously and the political situation of the recent past, this was a clear eyed and thorough investigation of the period between roughly 1979 and 1989 when the science was accepted and policies were being considered and we actually could have kept warming below 1.5C and absolutely nobody did anything, as per usual, I m screaming endlessly into the void that was the main body of the book, which was very good, but the reason it s getting five stars is the afterword, which is a piece of scathing, excruciatingly true rhetoric that just slapped me in the face on the train this morning It is not yet widely understood, though it will be, that the politician who claims that climate change is uncertain betrays humanity in the same fashion as the politician who fabricates weapons of mass destruction in order to whip up support for a profiteering war It is not yet widely understood, though it will be, that when a government relaxes regulations on coal fired plants or erases scientific data from a federal website, it is guilty of than merely bowing to corporate interests it commits crimes against humanity The rejection of reason the molten core of denialism opens the door to the rejection of morality, for morality relies on a shared faith in reason Actions to hasten carbon dioxide emissions are the ineluctable corollary of climate denialism Once it becomes possible to di...

  3. says:

    In 1979, scientists learned everything we needed to know about Earth s changing climate and the human factors that have led to it Not much has changed, scientifically, in the intervening years Our predictive models have gotten better, and, if anything, we ve learned that the original estimates offered by scientists regarding warming trends were too generous Nathaniel Rich explores the decade of 1979 1989, when global warming first came into the public purview and scientists and some politicians attempted to begin curbing carbon emissions and atmospheric pollution contributing to the rise of greenhouse gases that will, inarguably, have severe effects on human survival and extreme weather effects upon the Earth It s also the decade that, despite George Herbert Walker Bush running on a pro environmental campaign, that the GOP became the party of science denialism Narrating all this is Matt Godfrey, whose narration is crisp and even keel Rich writes in a highly accessible manner, avoiding technical and scientific jargon, and Godfrey s narration follows a similar For Everyone approach It s not highly dramatized, but simple and to the point It s very well done It s a chilling account, and also one that is deeply disheartening The scientific consensus on the validity of climate change is there 97% of all the world s scientific community agrees that it is real and that humans are the cause , rega...

  4. says:

    I am one behind on my commitment to read 12 science books this year, so I need to catch up.This is a short book based on a long form piece from The New York Times Magazine earlier this year, and it captures a brief period of time 20 years or so when taking on climate change was a possibility From Carter, through Reagan, and into Bush the First, climate change then called The Greenhouse Effect was a widely accepted phenomena in the halls of government and the boardrooms of American corporations Exxon officials, government agencies, environmentalists, and politicians, all understood that man made climate change was real, that the consequences would be awful, and that we needed to act in concert with other nations to address the burgeoning crisis Except we didn t One of the people cited in this books ask, What do you do when the past is no longer a guide to the future which is, literally, the problem we are facing We have lived in a stable climate for as long as there has been an us Now, we are faced with a problem that requires politic...

  5. says:

    This book has an amazing quality of presenting what would normally be quite boring apart from the fact that it s the fate of the planet involved board meetings in the 80s as these mega cool superman vs batman events Well written, short and bittersweet.

  6. says:

    If you take one thing from this short but powerful book expanded from an issue length article Rich wrote for The New York Times Magazine , it s this quote More carbon has been released into the atmosphere since November 7, 1989, the final day of the Noordwijk conference, than in the entire history of civilization preceding it In the 1980s we had a real chance to stop climate change Rich tells you how the science came together and how one man Bush I advisor John Sununu played the prime role in starting us down the road we re on now, where the Republican Party have made climate change denial an article of religious faith, where huge companies use the same tactics they created to deny that smoking causes cancer to inculcate doubt, and where we are plunging headlong into a runaway climate holocaust.Rich tells the story well and succinctly the book is just over 200 pages with engaging p...

  7. says:

    I need to stop reading Global Warming books because they re depressing the fuck out of me But, this is an incredibly important subject and I d rather be existentially depressed than ignorant Anyway, this was a nice political counter to the apolitical Uninhabitable Earth I read recently While that one focused on the science and the environmental consequences, this focused on the political machinations that will be our undoing It took us back to the beginning of the climate crisis, when the ozone hole first became a social issue, and the world first met to organize a treaty When we lost Earth before we even had a chance to fight for it If anything, this book made it very clear to me how likely it is we as a species will ev...

  8. says:

    Everyone knew and we all still know But we do nothing A stunning indictment of the U.S government s complacency in addressing climate change from 1979 1989, a complacency abetted of course by the willful hypocrisy of the oil, gas and coal industries This indictment is even painful when juxtaposed alongside a ce...

  9. says:

    Excellent history of a confusing, ultimately disappointing period around the dawn of public awareness of climate change and its potential effects There has been neither scientific nor political breakthrough in climate change since the late 1970s, only the infusion of money on both sides The science is refined, evolved to the point of attribution, but still ineffectual at solutions The politics are exactly the same The IPCC, active for than 35 years now, has...

  10. says:

    This may be the best book I ve read yet on climate change, which is odd since most of the narrative is set around the time period of 1979 through 1989 when several individuals on Capital Hill began to understand the repercussions of a warming world But that s the point of the book nothing since then has really changed regarding the science of what a warming world looks like, b...

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