For this book review, Ichoose to read the book titled “Climate Change: What Everyone Needs toKnow”, which is written by Joseph Romm. This book is published in theUnited States of America by Oxford University on November 5, 2015, and 302 pageslong. Throughout this book, the author is trying to analyze the issuesassociated with some climate-change science, climate change on humans,policy-related topics, and energy-related solutions that have been happeningover the last decade’s years. He also tries to inform about the problems to theaudiences, average citizens in the world. In my opinion, his argumentsrepresented in this book are well-concerned and well-organized and I felt thatthis book tells us meaningful problems that we are supposed to know to preventmore issues related to climate change to happen. As Romm mentions in thisbook, “Climate Change will have a bigger impact on your family, friendsand all humanity than the Internet”, humans would definitely be affectedby climate change. The great impacts come with climate change is bigger thanthe impacts that Internet brings to our society. According to Romm’s argument,although some of the impacts from climate changes are already happening overthe past 10 years, future impacts are going to be very significant.
Some eventssuch as significant drought, wildfires, and heat waves have made people to beaware of the problems of climate change and to take a step to stop the climatechange. The author notes that because people are becoming aware of thisproblem, many people want to know more about the details of climate change.”Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know” has seven majorsections: Climate Science Basics, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change ProjectedClimate Impacts Avoiding the Worse Impacts, Climate Politics and Policies, TheRole of Clean Energy, and Climate Change and You. His main ideas in eachchapter are significantly important as for us to realize how serious theproblems are.
Each of these chapters is divided into a number of bite-sizedmini-chapters covering the larger topic in a logical sequence, with helpfulillustrations. Throughout the chapters, the writer answers following questions:”How will climate change impact you and your family in the coming decades”,”What are the future implications for owners of coastal property”,”Should you plan on retiring in South Florida or the U.S. Southwest orSouthern Europe”, “What occupations and fields of study will be mostin demand in a globally warmed world”, and “What impact will climatechange have on investments and the global economy”. As for myself, whatimpressed me the most in his discussions was about serve weather and climatechange. In my opinion, the impacts of climate change that are related toweather appear often from the last few decades and are increasing morerecently. There is a fact that learning about these changes is very difficultsince severe weather events seldom happen if we divide them by areas, season,kind of impact and kind of climate-related cause.
Moreover, meteorologists, inanother word an expert of meteorology, do not want to acknowledge climatechange. The reason is that they are one of the members of the press and cannotmake their corporate sponsors mad. The author’s sections about the extremeweather are well thought out, well organized, and well presented. Another impresseddiscussion the author notes in this book was about the climate change’s effecton sea level rise. According to author’s discussion, many people in Americatend to move to a place where it is near a coastline, or comparatively warm, orboth after their retires; and Romm thinks it is a bad idea, which I agreed withafter reading this book. In this book, he points out that each of us ascitizens of Earth should re-think that strategy as sea level rises and heatincreases.
In addition, he argues about the coastal property values as well aswhat students should study, investment strategies, necessary changes in diet,and how one can decrease one’s own emission of carbon dioxide. I stronglybelieve that we need to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhousegas. According to the research by GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, the number oftotal anthropogenic CO2 emission in 2000 is 10 times bigger than the one in1850. This can be said that because humans produce carbon dioxides andgreenhouse gas a lot as technology and industries develop.
Even though we aregetting aware of this problem little by little in recent years, we are not takingstep towards the end of problems. Conclusion As I read this book, Ipersonally impressed how organized his ideas on climate changes are presented.In my opinion, this book can be used as a guide of the environmental classes atschool. Having opportunities for reading this book for students is veryefficiently and effectively to comprehend the problems of climate change.Moreover, the targeted audience should be not only for students but also foreveryone on this planet since part of the causes of the world climate changeand its effects are from humans. Lastly, I personally think that we all need toget involved to stop the climate change as the other related problems arehappening every single moment.
This may take a long time to find solutions toprevent climate change however we definitely have to stand up and work on thisproblem.