I was pretty happy to learn of a glowing review of the book by the very well regarded American Library Association. It appeared in a recent issue of Choice, a publication of the Association for College & Research Libraries, a division of the ALA. What’s more, the reviewer, Dr. Kathleen E. Halvorsen, is a respected academic, natural resource policy wonk, and high-level researcher. Here is her review:
Climate change is arguably today’s most important policy issue. As the world watches its impacts, including ocean acidification, glacial melting, and multiple years of megastorms, people also tend to hear a lot about what is not being done. For instance, the US is not participating in the Kyoto Protocol and Congress was not able to pass a major, federal greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill. Hewitt (Hewitt Communications), an environmental activist and journalist, points out that these observations, though important, can also cause people to lose track of how much society is doing with regard to climate change mitigation. He summarizes this while providing an excellent overview of US, EU, and international climate change science and policy that gives context for his descriptions of a range of achievements. These include not just innovative policy making at local, state, national, and international scales, but also the development of a range of increasingly economic and prevalent alternative energy production and conservation technologies. This book will be valuable and interesting to general readers, scholars/students desiring accessible information on climate change policy, and faculty teaching any level of an energy or climate change-related class. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general audiences. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates; Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty.