Heat waves in Delhi and Athens. Hurricane Mitch in Central America and Tornadoes in the USA. Floods in Britatin and China. All unprecedented in severity, unprecedented in frequency. What is happenning to the world’s weather? This book takes us through the science, and behind the politics, to explore a number of questions.
Do we need to worry about climate instability? What is the evidence regarding Global Warming?Our Simmering Planet discusses the likely impact of increases in average tempuatures, rising oceans, shifts in rainfall patterns-not just on low-lying countries and islands but on all regions of the world.
Most important of all, what can be done? What is the precautionary principle? What are scientists recommending? What are the disagreements among them, and among governments? Why are our politicians failing to settle on effective, rather than cosmetic, action?
This book makes clear for the general reader what is at stake; the difficulties of concerted action; the varying concerns of countries North and South; and the urgent necessity for all of us to press our politicians to take climate instability seriously.