I’m pretty happy to report that the first Amazon review is in and it’s a blockbuster: “Infused with optimism, A Newer World is a well-researched and thorough summary of US and worldwide attempts, in their myriad forms, to combat climate change and global warming. Forward looking in a positive way, the book never loses sight of the real world hurdles that must be overcome to achieve a better future.”
As I said a couple of years ago when the capitol building in Madison was being occupied by people incensed by the depredations being mounted against democracy by the Republican Party there, driven by Tea Party ideology and Koch Brothers money, I was never more proud to be a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. (See Wisconsin is About Climate and Energy Too.) I still am proud.
There’s a review today in Pacific Standard, an online and print magazine. The book is paired with Andrew T. Guzman’s Overheated – The Human Cost of Climate Change which appears to be a sober look at the realities of the looming climate crisis. The reviewer, the accomplished energy writer Lisa Margonelli, says A Newer World is “a shot of green cheer.” She writes that “The overall effect is to somewhat dispel Guzman’s gloom, and replace it with a vision of the future that may be less likely, but is a great deal more likable.” So far, so good. Continue reading
That turned out to be a successful and enjoyable event, both for me and for the folks who stopped in. The Washington Square News was good enough to write it up. One NYU student “…said that he was pleased to hear a new and encouraging view instead of a negative perspective about climate change. Viola is used to hearing about global warming and not about the change that can be brought by activists. ‘It is a very optimistic topic. It influences me to take an optimistic perspective too.'” That, of course, is the just the sort of reaction I had hoped to Continue reading
O’Dwyer’s Monthly Magazine is the flagship for J.R. O’Dwyer Company, a venerable source for “inside news of public relations and marketing communications.” They had a special issue this month on Environmental Communications & Public Affairs. They saw fit to excerpt some material from the book in the issue. They headed the excerpt Companies, investors seeing risk in climate change – Nonprofits and science organizations play an important role in educating corporations to the dangers posed by climate change. Continue reading
I’m delighted to report that the very highly rated Green blog, CleanTechnica, has given A Newer World a great review. One of their several excellent and prolific writers, Adam Johnston, called the book “a joyful, optimistic, yet sober look at the accomplishments society has seen in sustainable development over the past 25 years.” Nice! Continue reading
Joel Makower and the very good people at GreenBiz have posted an excerpt/adaptation from the book. It focuses on the fact that businesses and investors have a very keen perception these days of the many risks that come with climate change “through regulatory exposure, physical exposure, competitive exposure and reputational – including litigational – exposure,” as the economist John Llewellyn put it in his seminal paper, The Business of Climate Change.
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Following on the book excerpt the other day in Salon, I’m pretty tickled to have one today in the venerable Scientific American. Do You Accept the Science of Climate Change? is how they’ve titled my excerpt on the disinformation campaign fueled, as it were, by certain special interests, how the media has played it, and how the scientific community has fought back. By the way, if for some reason you haven’t sampled the excellent coverage on Energy and Sustainability that Scientific American has on offer, please do yourself a favor and subscribe to their feed. Better yet, subscribe to the magazine itself. A good bit of the reason for SciAm’s superb coverage is attributable to their world-class writer and editor David Biello.
Here’s a nice bit of buzz for the book: There’s a long excerpt today in Salon. I’m truly delighted to have my book excerpted in Salon. (Update: This thing has gotten a lot of play with nearly 700 Facebook “likes” and over 200 tweets. I’m not really sure what that all means – sorry, I’m a bit of a social media illiterate – but I think it spells the fact that people are enthusiastic.)