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The book―companion to a PBS series―that proves humans are causing global warming and offers a path to the future.

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 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. 50 black-and-white photographs

3 comments on “Earth: The Operators' Manual”

  1. A worthy read Richard Alley is a climate scientist. While many may not have heard of him before, some will have seen him give a demonstration of the Earth's tilt (and its relationship to climate change) in a House hearing last year. Using his head, with his bald spot representing the North Pole, Alley schooled Republican Rep. Rohrabacher on historical climate science. Alley uses the same humor and adroitness of analogy in Earth: The Operators' Manual to give us an engaging look at our planet, the changes...

  2. A good book for beginners This was a recommended supplemental book for one of my Environmental Science courses. While it was written a little while ago, it is a good introduction to those who may not understand the effect that humans have had on shaping the Earth and the problems that we are currently facing with climate change. It's definitely a good read for those who want to start at the beginning and learn about the global warming crises.

  3. Recommended by Dr. Lonnie Thompson at Ohio State University This book was recommended by Dr. Thompson of Ohio State University's ICE research department, after a public lecture. I had asked for help trying to assist climate change deniers. I bought two copies of the book as well as the eBook (Kindle) version. The reports I am getting back on the book are favorable. My own experience with the eBook is excellent. I am not finished yet, but every word seems appropriate to me as I follow the discussion. (th)

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