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Earth under Fire

How Global Warming Is Changing the World, Updated Edition

Gary Braasch (Author), William McKibben (Author)


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ISBN: 9780520943933
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More than a warning, Earth under Fire is the most complete illustrated guide to the effects of climate change now available. It offers an upbeat and intelligent account of how we can lessen the effects of our near-total dependence on fossil fuels using technologies and energy sources already available. A thorough revision and a new preface for the paperback edition bring the compelling facts about climate change up to date.
Gary Braasch is an Ansel Adams Award-winning photojournalist and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He is the author of Photographing the Patterns of Nature.
“This may be the most deeply researched photo book of all time.”—Adam Spangler Vanity Fair Magazine
“Includes personal accounts from eyewitnesses and researchers, together with the best evidence available, to give a refreshing and intelligent take on this well-covered field.”—Nature
“Gary has made a name for himself as a high-profile environmental photojournalist, producing innumerable stunning images that document both the beauty and the plight of the planet. . . . [Braasch] highlights just what photographers can do to combat the unwelcome changes occurring in our world.”—Digital Photographer
“A clearheaded, comprehensive look at the state of the science, and the planet. . . . Earth under Fire may be not simply a book, but a benchmark.”—Michelle Nijhuis Orion
“The award-winning photojournalist has added nearly 100 factual revisions and text additions, updating the book to the election of President Barack Obama. Braasch uses his breathtaking photographs to give a fresh and insightful take on climate change.”—Outdoor Photographer
"The pictures are truly eye-opening. . . . Looking at the changes already underway paints a staggering picture and perhaps highlights what a visual society we have become; we may not truly believe what we've done to the planet until we actually see the results for ourselves."—Eleri Randall The Ecologist
“If you like your global catastrophes in lovely pictures, this is the book for you. . . . Braasch digs remarkably deep into the current changes in the earth brought on by anthropogenic climate change. Rising water, disappearing ice, changing habits of the checkerspot butterfly (among other species) are all chronicled in this readable and beautifully photographed and illustrated effort.”—Natural Hazards Observer
“What normally would be a dull repetition of emissions reduction policies becomes, in this author's hands, a refreshing take on theories, facts and scientific opinions, sprinkled with comment from leading policymakers. Braasch has told the story of climate change in a new way by bringing together startling and breathtaking imagery with personal accounts and the best available scientific evidence.”—Martin Parry Nature Reports: Climate Change
“While the science underlying global warming is complex, its impact is made comprehensible in this richly photographic blend of memoir and reportage. . . . This lucid, accessible, and handsome volume’s cogent commentary includes discussion of social and political issues, including the Kyoto agreement. . . . Braasch and his contributors pull no punches about the seriousness of the consequences of global warming, and conclude with a chapter detailing the positive steps that can be taken toward using resources more responsibly.”—Pamela Crossland Booklist
“Striking images. . . . Valuable.”—Photo District News
“The visuals are stunning.”—Kansas City Star
“What surprised me about this book was not its rich photographic element, I was already familiar with the stunning landscape and wildlife imagery by Ansel Adams Award-winning photojournalist, Gary Braasch. No. What caught me more off balance was the depth of his research and reporting. Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World is a personal record, via his camera and keyboard, of the consequences of modern affluence on this planet we call home. Read this book and your head will be swimming, just like weary polar bears, outside of ones’ usual realm.”—Warren McLaren Treehugger.com
“The almost 300-page book documents the ongoing environmental changes around the world, including efforts to reduce them, with more than 100 eye-popping photographs taken in 22 countries from four continents . . . a well-researched book with in-depth texts on the science behind climate change and how it impacts people’s lives worldwide, including its larger implications for businesses, Governments, and societies.”—Un Chronicle
“Nothing takes climate change out of the abstract quite as effectively as photographs. . . . Photojournalist Gary Braasch spent eight years observing and documenting the evidence and impacts of global warming for his book, Earth Under Fire. The result is a meticulously researched, visually stunning work that performs the equally important tasks of convincing the reader of the scope of the problem and the urgent need to tackle it, as well as prescribing how to do that.”—Michelle Lalonde Saskatoon Star Phoenix
“A meticulously researched, visually stunning work that performs the equally important tasks of convincing the reader of the scope of the problem and the urgent need to tackle it, as well as prescribing how to do that.”—The Gazette
“Nothing takes climate change out of the abstract quite as effectively as photographs. . . . Photojournalist Gary Braasch spent eight years observing and documenting the evidence and impacts of global warming for his book, Earth Under Fire. The result is a meticulously researched, visually stunning work that performs the equally important tasks of convincing the reader of the scope of the problem and the urgent need to tackle it, as well as prescribing how to do that.”—Michelle Lalonde Canwest News Service
“Braasch uses his award-winning skill behind the camera to produce a practical, level-headed and thorough overview of the current state of global warming, from a ground-level definition to stunning images of its effects.”—Publishers Weekly
"The power of Gary Braasch's personal witness to the climate crisis makes this essential reading for every citizen."—Al Gore

Earth under Fire is an important work documenting climate change. With an accessible text and startling photographs, it takes the reader on a world tour of the human effect on our climate.”—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"Braasch's descriptions and photographs of how climate change is unraveling ecosystems and human lives make real and vivid what for too many remains speculative and abstract. Each deeply researched story—the rising suicide rate in a melting Inuit village, fields of European butterflies killed by a false spring, coastal houses falling into the sea in North Carolina—becomes a memorable character in a rapidly unfolding drama that threatens to engulf us all."—Amory B. Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute

"There are scant books equal to the task of spelling out the greatest challenge in human history-global climate change. Rarer still is an author who can both write and photograph it, seamlessly marrying text and images. Earth under Fire is that rare book."—Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest and The Ecology of Commerce

"This is a well-written description of the effects of human-driven climate change on our all-too-vulnerable planet. The pictures give a marvelously direct account of what is happening almost before our eyes."—Sir Crispin Tickell, former British Ambassador to the United Nations

"Global warming has found its Baedeker in Gary Braasch. Braasch has traveled all over our changing world and recorded in word and photograph what's going on. We all need to see what he saw, and Earth under Fire does a beautiful job of that."—James Gustave Speth, author of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment

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