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9 Overall

10 Importance

8 Innovation

9 Style


Review

Nobel laureate and former vice president Al Gore offers a sober, alarming overview of how the planet stands on the brink of environmental destruction. Yet this sequel to his groundbreaking An Inconvenient Truth delivers the optimistic message that humanity will change in time to stave off self-destruction, though it doesn’t really tackle the question of adaptation.

Gore rolls out well-known facts and data, and laces his report with personal, emotional stories about people and communities that climate change is harming. His deeply informed, persuasive message dispels climate deniers’ myths about global warming and climate change. Gore provides new information, most of it surprisingly hopeful – such as his profiles of the town in Texas that draws all its electricity from solar and wind power, and of entire nations that do without fossil fuels for days and weeks at a time. getAbstract recommends Gore’s beautifully presented and powerful message to residents of Earth.

About the Author

Al Gore, a member of the US Congress for six terms before becoming vice president in 1993, also wrote An Inconvenient Truth, The Future and The Assault On Reason. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 in tandem with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for “their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.”

 

Gore relates some of the challenges of the climate change debate at a high political level, while largely resisting giving an overtly political message. He describes effective solutions, but probably strikes too optimistic a tone given the gravity of present circumstances. He stays on topic, maintaining a tone that is nearly dry and clinical. Gore’s message is inspirational but his writing can be pedestrian.

Gore offers fair criticism of politicians that refuse to acknowledge or address climate change, and he characterizes the Trump administration as irresponsible on the environment. Readers who already engage in or understand the issues Gore raises might not gain a great deal of new information, but the book’s stunning pictures compliment this engaging overview of the problem and its potential solutions. Gore’s commitment to this cause offers tremendous value.


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