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From Knowledge To Power: The Comprehensive…
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From Knowledge To Power: The Comprehensive Handbook for Climate Science… (edizione 2021)

di John Perona

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"The Earth is slowly heating up, and only we, as a global community, can stop it - with the knowledge behind what is happening, we can affect change. Using his Ph.D in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale and his LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Northwestern College of Law at Lewis & Clark University, Dr. John Perona takes us on a journey into the science and politics of the climate crisis in From Knowledge to Power: Your Handbook to Climate Science and Advocacy. Perona uses the basic science of climate change, the rise of green technologies, and the political implications of climate science to present a concise guide to the critical facts regarding our climate change. He offers actionable tips for how to engage in advocacy by calling for action at every level - leaders in both science and government, community groups, and individuals like you. Perona offers a grounded, optimistic outlook for humanity, but only if we engage with science and act with knowledge"--… (altro)
Utente:EarlyReviewers
Titolo:From Knowledge To Power: The Comprehensive Handbook for Climate Science and Advocacy
Autori:John Perona
Info:Ooligan Press, (2021), Ebook, 320 pages
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Etichette:Early Reviewers, January 2022

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"Your handbook to climate science and advocacy". Pretty much just what the subtitle says. The author presents the science behind climate change. That presentation is thorough and detailed, not at all dumbed-down, and yet quite understandable. He lays out what will work, what might work and what won't work. He then explains (although this might be the thinnest part of the book) what ordinary people can do to make sure the things that will or might work get implemented.
  Foretopman | May 11, 2022 |
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Climate science is a hot topic these days, and many books (like Bill Gates’ How to Avoid a Climate Disaster) provide introductions to the topic for a popular audience. Those books are written to be digested by the masses, but detailed academic work is often lacking in them. Enter Perona’s textbook. (He calls it a “handbook,” but it more resembles an interdisciplinary textbook.) He explains the nitty-gritty of the science and extends the reasoning from these findings into the social, economic, and political spheres.

Perona’s educational history is noteworthy. He holds a PhD in the biological sciences from Yale, but has also read for an environmental law degree. Exercising great erudition, he is able to cover a broad swath of how hard science should drive social policy and individual action.

Hardly any relevant topic remains untouched by this work. Having a scientific background, I enjoyed reading about the science and promising technologies in this field. However, I personally found the policy aspects less interesting. I suspect many who work in the governmental sphere might find the opposite to be true. Again, what is impressive is that Perona consistently links these two. As such, I hope policy wonks will find his suggestions to be especially illuminating. Science needs to drive policy, but these communities often speak different languages.

If popular introductions provide a Climate Science 101, this book offers a well-researched 201 that can lead to independent investigation into various aspects of research. The 201 course would be interdisciplinary as it seeks to educate about both the scientific and social realms. It is suitable for a college course (at the undergraduate or even graduate level) that draws on various faculty interests to provide a comprehensive picture.

Society needs to take action on the climate… deliberately and soon. Governments and international agencies need to coordinate massive human effort to restructure the economy. Something more than currency is at risk here: the human race’s very survival. This book gives a great way to see the landscape broadly before exploring individual topics in detail. Hopefully, it will serve the next generation of scientists and climate advocates as they lead us into a better future. ( )
  scottjpearson | Mar 23, 2022 |
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I received a review copy of this from the publisher Ooligan Press through LibraryThing. I've recently read another excellent book from Ooligan and want to make note about them before getting to this book:Ooligan Press is an award-winning not-for-profit general trade press that publishes books honoring the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest. We are a teaching press staffed by students pursuing master’s degrees in the Department of English at Portland State University.I like that. They publish "books produced using sustainable methods and materials." Check them out.

This is not a book for a casual read. There is a lot here. Four chapters on the science of climate. Dr. Perona says in his Preface "The narrative assumes that the reader has no background in science." He does go into a lot of detail, much of which will be denied by... the deniers. And Dr. Perona gives many examples of how the deniers distort the data - know the enemy, as it were. The last five advocacy chapters focus largely on policy, strategies to reduce fossil fuel burning with looks at the renewable landscape, carbon sequestration, the relationship between individual, and group efforts. Unfortunately, I think the corporate and political obstacles are too much. In the US, the Republicans obstruct and roll back the modicums of environmental protective measures to feed their corporate donors, and the mainstream Dems can't break their ties to their corporate interests. One thing Dr. Perona says is similar to something I've said myself for years:The sharp decline of tobacco consumption in America demonstrated something crucial: if you want to discourage the use if a product that is pervasive and poses an enormous risk to human wellbeing, then use the power of government to make it more expensive.He was suggesting a carbon tax. (I have been suggesting a tax on ammunition - keep all the guns you want; just make them too expensive to use.) Again, back to the current political culture, someone else observed (paraphrased) "can you imagine how hard it would be today to pass laws prohibiting smoking in restaurants or on planes?"

And much of what Dr. Perona looks at in the second half of the book are as yet unrealized technologies. Wishes. "Unanticipated rapid breakthroughs in concentrated solar power, enhanced geothermal, nuclear fusion, or tidal power could provide new primary energy sources. Further, cheap grid batteries that run for days or weeks might emerge." Might. Nebulous word, that. I wrote a paper for a class in the 1990s on a concentrated solar power facility in California. it is almost completely decommissioned now. PV has been incremental; fusion is extremely expensive ... and gains have been also incremental; same with geothermal on the incremental front (there are physical limitations as well); wind gets push back and misinformation (think of the Texas grid failures, blamed by the misinformers on renewables!?).

Bottom line: The warming is real and the deniers will eventually fallback on a tired refrain of "how were we to know? and what could we have done?", and it will be too late. But, there is hope; there are tough obstacles; and there is a finite amount of oil to be extracted - still fifty years left supposedly, which is what I was told in grad school twenty years ago. The alternatives narrow as we march forward. Dr. Perona provides an outline of some of them.

A note for the publishers - the author references "Color Plates" in the text many times. In hardcopies, these are usually found easily. In my electronic copy, less easily. They are not listed in the table of contents and a page location would have been helpful.

A few takeaways:
On the scienceWe can draw at least two other important lessons from the paleoclimate data. First, the record of the past 10,000 years shows that human civilization developed during a time of exceptional temperature stability (Figure 2.3). This highlights the disruptive potential of warming, and emphasizes that, even with aggressive efforts to end fossil fuel use and promote renewable energies, it will be necessary to invest in adapting to those changes that we can no longer prevent.
The second lesson comes from noting that over the past 800,000 years, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels never exceeded 300 ppm even in the warm periods between Ice Ages (Color Plate 6). In fact, it has been millions of years since carbon dioxide concentrations were last at present levels. I've seen some of the deniers's weak arguments against anthropogenic contributions claiming cyclical CO2 levels in line with what we are seeing, ... but they're wrong (and the science wins out, again.)

Dr. Perona says "One way to convince doubters about the reliability of climate models is to point out that they are not just needed to predict the far future, but also to make sense of what is happening now." That's too Pollyanna for me - most deniers won't listen to reason, and the ones who deny is spite of the evidence find ways to rationalize and move the goalposts.

"The anthropogenic fingerprint for soil moisture loss with planetary warming is very strong." Because of transpiration, plants "in warmer climates [...] have to take up more water to make up for the increased [water] loss, drying the soil and contributing to wildfire spread." Witness the Pacific costs states and Australia.

Dr. Perona provides a table of "Five organizations promoting denial of climate science", with a summary of their activities. I've known of the efforts of some of those serial misinformation tanks. Beware of anything from Heartland Institute, American Legislative Exchange Council, Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute and Americans for Prosperity (deceptive names for wrong-wing regressive machines, my words, not Dr. Perona's). ( )
1 vota Razinha | Mar 16, 2022 |
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Excellent summary and introduction to climate change processes, causes and advocacy. Well laid out and easy to read. ( )
  Jamilyn | Mar 13, 2022 |
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This feels like a comprehensive book that talks about climate change. It discusses about the temperature changes caused by both natural and anthropogenic reasons. This was helpful to have a balanced view on this complex and controversial topic. It also describes the various human activities that impacts the climate from transportation, to construction, to agriculture, etc.

It also mentions the primary ways of energy generation - hydro, thermal, geo and solar. The book advocates Hydrogen as the new 'kid on the block' to be used as a source of energy.

My main peeve about this book is that 'Climate change is impacting globally', but the book focuses predominantly on US activities and policies. I would've preferred the book to cover what other countries are doing/ought to do to help us maintain our planet, cool and calm.

I was provided a complimentary copy of the book and this review is my personal opinion. ( )
  nmarun | Mar 10, 2022 |
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"The Earth is slowly heating up, and only we, as a global community, can stop it - with the knowledge behind what is happening, we can affect change. Using his Ph.D in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale and his LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Northwestern College of Law at Lewis & Clark University, Dr. John Perona takes us on a journey into the science and politics of the climate crisis in From Knowledge to Power: Your Handbook to Climate Science and Advocacy. Perona uses the basic science of climate change, the rise of green technologies, and the political implications of climate science to present a concise guide to the critical facts regarding our climate change. He offers actionable tips for how to engage in advocacy by calling for action at every level - leaders in both science and government, community groups, and individuals like you. Perona offers a grounded, optimistic outlook for humanity, but only if we engage with science and act with knowledge"--

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