Hot topic - Global warming and the future of New Zealand
Hot Topic – Global warming and the future of New Zealand
by Gareth Renowden, $24.99 AUT Media
Bring yourself up to speed on the possibilities and probabilities of global warming. New Zealand truffle grower and author Gareth Renowden has done all the hard work using evidence from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.
An abiding interest in the weather combined with a keen awareness of the environment, provide the impetus for this in-depth look at the effects of climate change.
The complex issue is tackled in twelve informative chapters, a final appendix ‘The skeptical view’, treated in question and answer format, plus reference websites for each chapter, a useful list of climate acronyms and index.
Ronownden describes how global scientists analyse past and current data, using it to predict what climate might be like, and how this involves asking all sorts of questions about the future and choosing a range of plausible answers.
A read requiring full concentration, but for anyone concerned about the planet, this publication covers it all - the past, present, along with the probable, possible future and what we can do about it.
“I think and hope this book will demonstrate that the reality of global warming is beyond dispute”, Gareth Renownden says.
As Dr. Nick Smith, National spokesman on the environment, responding to the question, global warning – true or false, said. “True. But the science as to the extent, timing and impacts is still being debated”.
Great coverage of the issue
Appeared in NZ Business
Usefulness rating 8/10
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