October 2001

Volume 10, Number 10

Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change

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by Guy Dauncey with Patrick Mazza, 2001. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, British Columbia. Paperback, 270 pages, $19.95.

For anyone interested in nuts-and-bolts strategies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, this is a must-read. Stormy Weather begins with an introduction providing clear and engaging explanations of global warming, the greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, climate impacts, and a host of technologies and strategies that can help wean us from fossil fuels. These are presented in 26 concise, 2-page write-ups, most with graphics and Web site listings (which alone are worth the price of the book).

The rest of the book is comprised of the 101 solutions advertised in the book’s subtitle. These action-oriented solutions are organized into 10 groupings based on audience: individuals, citizens organizations, municipalities, businesses, national governments, and so forth. Under “Ten Solutions for States and Provinces,” for example, are: Set Clear Goals; Show Leadership; Build an Energy Democracy; Produce Greener Power; Build an Energy-Efficient State or Province; Build a Sustainable Transport System and Stop Sprawl; Shift Your Taxes; Capture Your Methane; Support Sustainable Farming and Forestry; and Build a Green Economy. As with the write-ups in the introduction, each of these solutions includes an invaluable listing of Web sites.

Unfortunately, the organization of information results in considerable overlap. “Buy Green Power,” for example, appears as a solution under several of the target-audience groupings—and it could easily appear under a number of others. The reality is that most of us—whether state energy planners or corporate executives or homeowners—should understand most of the solutions to global warming that are needed.

Despite its organizational challenges, Stormy Weather is a veritable encyclopedia of valuable information, insightful recommendations, and highly useful references for delving deeper. As James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said of the book, “Everybody talks about the climate, but nobody does anything about it. Now they can. Stormy Weather provides a sweeping vision of the issues and comprehensive, practical solutions.”

– AW

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