Book Review: an Inconvenient Truth

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An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It By Al Gore
Rodale Press, 2006. 328 pp.
ISBN: 1-59486-567-1, $28.95

While the issue of climate change has been given worldwide attention since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, it has never been profoundly realized as impending or of great concern until publication of the book An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, former vice president and former Democratic candidate for president of the United States. Beyond his prominent political identity, Al Gore is a longtime advocate of environmental protection who organized the first Congressional hearings on global warming in the late 1970s. In his first book, Earth in the Balance, he started to spell out potential climate change issues. In An Inconvenient Truth, which was released as a movie as well, Gore shows the impacts of climate change resulting from human activities, and the ignorance of human beings regarding this change, in simple, clear language. The purpose of this book is to present the challenges facing humanity today and to call on the public to take imperative action to save our planet. Gore preludes the theme of planetary emergency with fancy images of the earth. He asserts that we are on the brink of planetary crisis resulting from climate change, and uses scientific facts as proof. He presents the significant changes occurring on earth and caused by global warming by presenting dramatic facts and before-and-after pictures. Mount Kilimanjaro, for example, was “covered with its fabled snows and glaciers” in 1970, but it was covered “with far less ice and snow” 30 years later, and this is happening “everywhere in the world.” Moreover, major storms such as hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones in the Atlantic and Pacific areas have gone up by about 50% in both duration and intensity since the 1970s, and these storms have become “more powerful and more destructive,” according to a study conducted by MIT...
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