Monday, December 1, 2008

New Climate Change Treaty Debated at UN Conference

Over 190 countries gathered in Poland to discuss a new treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions worldwide according to the December 1, 2008 Christian Science Monitor ("Building Trust Tops Global Climate Agenda"). Since the talks are being held while the global economic crises rages, many observers are wondering who will pay the price to reduce emissions. Also, cash-strapped nations are being forced to choose between inexpensive energy producers like coal-fired power plants that exacerbate global warming and saving the world from the impending increase and intensity of floods, droughts, and storms that are likely to occur as global temperatures rise.

Review selected library titles related to global warming at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a book, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library. Call the library at 281-290-3219 to check your PIN if you do not remember it. Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • global warming
  • global temperature changes
  • climatic changes
  • renewable energy sources
  • human beings effect climate
Six Degrees book coverSix Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas - National Geographic, 2008
call number: 551.6 Lyn
(see also the companion DVD Nonfiction 551.642 Six)
"The author portrays a sobering, but broad and fascinating, view of the problem" - School Library Journal review excerpt

Earth, the Sequel book coverEarth, The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming by Fred Krupp And Miriam Horn - W. W. Norton & Co., 2008
call number: 621.042 Kru
"Environmental Defense Fund president Krupp and journalist Horn proffer a business-centric prescription for alleviating climate change" - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

The Hot Topic book coverThe Hot Topic: What We Can Do about Global Warming by Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King - Harcourt, 2008
call number: 363.738 Wal
"Explains in the clearest possible way why we should care about global warming and what we can do about it" - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

The Plot to Save the Planet book coverThe Plot to Save the Planet: How Visionary Entrepreneurs and Corporate Titans Are Creating Real Solutions to Global Warming by Brian Dumaine - Crown Business, 2008
call number: 658.408 Dum
"Well-reasoned discussions of how corporations are becoming part of the solution" - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

The Great Warming book coverThe Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations by Brian Fagan - Macmillan, 2008
call number: 904.5 Fag
"Global warming is hardly new…Anthropologist Fagan (The Little Ice Age) focuses on the medieval warming period (ca. 800-1300)…he notes how times of intense, sustained global warming can have particularly dire consequences" - Publishers Weekly review excerpt