Summary of Climate Peril

The Intelligent Reader’s Guide to Understanding the Climate Crisis

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Climate Peril book summary
An intricate, exhaustively researched overview of current climate science offering new predictions for Earth’s future.


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Reflecting the overwhelming scientific consensus – if erring on the side of pessimism – this important overview provides a wake-up call for all citizens of Earth. Climate expert John J. Berger presents a scary but scientific view of climate change. His treatise does not indulge in earnest save-the-planet rhetoric; instead, he offers a cold, well-crafted dose of science. Berger provides readers with more than enough background to understand the scientific information he presents and to make educated decisions about climate change, although he is, based on the science, somewhat vague about timelines. From prolonged allergy seasons in the US to entire countries that could wind up under water, Berger documents and explains each prediction. Demonstrating professional due diligence, he gathers quotes, research and supporting statements from numerous sources and notable colleagues although the very technical, information-dense result isn’t easy reading or easy analysis to accept. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends his sobering thesis to anyone who needs to understand climate change, including investors, NGOs, policy makers and entrepreneurs.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Earth’s climate is currently changing
  • How human impact affects the climate
  • How humanity can stave off disaster


Earth’s Climate in History – Natural and Unnatural Changes
Planet Earth experiences natural climate cycles over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. Nature’s “autopilot” drives global cycles. And, yes, natural forces may cause warming or cooling for various reasons. For instance...
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About the Author

John J. Berger, author and editor of 11 books on climate change and related issues, has consulted for the National Academy of Sciences, the US Congress and other major organizations.

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