An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al GoreAn Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

byAl Gore

Paperback | May 24, 2006

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An Inconvenient Truth-Gore's groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance-is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book, Gore, who is one of our environmental heroes-and a leading expert-brings together leading-edge research from top scientists around the world; photographs, charts, and other illustrations; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness-and with humor, too-that the fact of global warming is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be disastrous if left unchecked. This riveting new book-written in an accessible, entertaining style-will open the eyes of even the most skeptical.

Al Gore, is the former Vice President and chairman of Current TV, an independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. He also serves as chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable inves...
Title:An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About ItFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.02 × 7.51 × 0.87 inPublished:May 24, 2006Language:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great insight into climate change The book is basically the slide presentation that Al Gore was doing around the US for a while, with some snippets of his life as a child and how certain influences growing up helped to connect him to the environment. There is a large focus on what will happen to Earth if we continue on the current trend we are on. With these future predictions being supported by legitimate facts, it makes you wonder how long we have before these changes start to take place (which is also mentioned). A must read for the current and future generations with any concern for the environment.
Date published: 2010-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Inconvenient Truth "An Inconvenient Truth" surprised me when I first looked through it. I was expecting more words and more studies and less pictures and less about Al Gore's nifty life. Yes, global warming is a fact and this book does a good job in getting that point across. It contains photographs which compare the before and after effects of global warning, but the pictures do not clearly provide the month or season that they were taken, so they do leave some doubt in the reader’s mind as to the evidence being provided by the book. The book does serve a purpose in that it has made me think more of our poor earth and it has encouraged me to lessen my carbon footprint.
Date published: 2008-09-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disinfo Global warming caused by humans is a lucrative scam as the evidence proves (check out the great global warming swindle [BBC], Doomsday called off [CBC], or one of the many other documentaries and books on the money making fraud). Al Gore has been unwilling to debate the science of global warming, despite countless offers he remains stubbornly reluctant. Gore is also an unabashed hypocrite, in 2006 Gore accumulated 221,000 kWh electricity - more than 20 times the national average. According to Nashville Electric Service, Gore's mansion residence drinks up more electricity in one month than the average American family uses in a year. The climate is always changing, without our help, everything we're experiencing in terms of weather is normal. If we want to help our environment let's worry about the poison we routinely pour into the soil and the oceans, let's worry about the toxins in our food and drinking water etc. and lets stop worrying about a global hoax.
Date published: 2007-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great and Easy Read - What Power! I truly enjoyed reading this book, actually better than the movie! It gave you such an insight to what is going to take place in the next years if we do not take action. Mr. Gore gave great detail about how he is passionate in regards to the earth as well as how we are treating it! Very impactful!
Date published: 2007-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Some other inconvenient truths. There is a solid body of evidence that global warming, if it represents a non-cyclical trend, is being caused by factors other than technology, such as solar cycles. Still, it's a good thing that Mr. Gore won the Oscar for his movie version. He might well have sued the academy otherwise. Seriously, Mr. Gore deserves the award. After all, he invented it.
Date published: 2007-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Crisis in Chinese is not composed of danger and op While global warming is obviously an immediate challenge that the world faces, I find it irritating that a presidential candidate (who's supposed to know better) tries to sell a do-it-yourself reverse climate change book upon the silly premise of a misunderstood Chinese character. Anyway... If you want to save the world, think 'simple', achieve meaningful and act practically. We know the way, the question is will we choose it or be forced to choose it.
Date published: 2006-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frustrated This is a great book, but also a very frustrating book. It's a truth that needs to be shared with everyone, but how do you do that? People that need to read this book probably never will. The issue of the environment is something all humans should be concerned with, and this book does a great job of displaying the problems and the needs of the environment. When I read it I got frustrated, when will people realize that they need to take care of the environment? This book needs to be in our school system or someplace where it can be taught to our children, so maybe they will have the brains to take the words written in it to heart.
Date published: 2006-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will Change Your Outlook A book everyone should read on probably the most important issue facing the world today. It was easy to follow and gave insight to things that the average person may not normally think about. It was a good follow-up to the movie and reinforced concepts presented (they were the same script). I would recommend this to everyone!
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opener What a great book on climate change and the unprecdented changes that have happened in our generation of the last 50 years. It is a must read for every person and every family that cares about this planet and the future for generations to come. This book is filled with photos and diagrams and is very easy to read and understand.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting A very compelling read, which portrays a distressing reality, but provides optimistic and realistic alternatives to ensure that our planet will continue to sustain us for generations to come.
Date published: 2006-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Essential Read for Everyone who's Concerned This book is a simple and informative resource on how humanity is impacting the environment in a way that will produce noticeable change in the near future. The book is a quick read as it is adapted from a side show that Al Gore has developed over the last 16 years. Comprised of mostly pictures and captions, this book presents a wealth of scientifically substantiated information in a manner that anyone can understand. The book discusses many aspects of Global Warming from its self reinforcing processes to the media smear campaign to try and discredit the "Theory" of Global Warming. I found the book hard to put down and I can not wait until the movie is released internationally so that the information the book contains reaches an even broader audience. When you read it you will wonder why this information is not widely known in the general public and why institutions of authority are so reluctant to regulate change. Because of the quality and simplicity of the information in this book, as well as what the information means, it has the potential of being one of the most significant books of this century.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A call to action for environmental change I received this book for Father's Day, and perhaps fittingly so. To speak about the future and the next generation who will inherit the planet and the environment we leave behind for them has become almost a cliche. This book jolts the reader into a new perspective on what we face as a global community. It is gripping, and presents facts that seek to shatter the mis-conceptions and mis-truths around environmental change that have seemingly lulled us into complacency in the past few decades. Gore challenges the reader to take this issue on with renewed focus on the moral issues that it raises. I found that seeing the movie helped bring some of the material in the book even more to life, and I am now re-reading the book itself. A highly recommended read.
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A New Gore! Al Gore comes across as a nice guy who is genuinely concerned about the climate change problem our world faces. A great read. One could wonder if this issue isn't his attempt to offer himself for re-election. Still, while many would welcome his return to politics, he is doing much for his cause now. Perhaps the freedom of not being encumbered by politics will allow him to be much more able to aid his cause.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quite Enjoyed!! Al Gore besides his already known reputation has added another to his list of accomplishments. An interesting read in learning more of what goes on in Al's head and sysmatic thought.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strange Bed-fellows At first it seemed like an odd combination - a politician wanting to save the environment. Are they not the ones that are more concerned about the financial implications of controlling pollution? Here we have one who wants to create a better environment for this and future generations. This is not just a small-time politician either. Al Gore had the potential to have such a huge impact on our world. This book has really made be wonder how differently things would be today had the election outcome differed. His research and knowledge surprised me and I was impressed with this "other side" of his personality. I wish more people of his stature had such a keen interest. I sincerely hope that his words will be taken to heart and that the "powers-to-be" will try to correct this situation we are in today. Since 2005 was the hottest year on record, we can't help but be concerned for the future. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2006-06-02

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"New York Times - May 23, 2006Books of The Times | 'An Inconvenient Truth'Al Gore Revisits Global Warming, With Passionate Warnings and Pictures By MICHIKO KAKUTANILately, global warming seems to be tiptoeing toward a tipping point in the public consciousness. There has been broad agreement over the fundamentals of global warming in mainstream scientific circles for some time now. And despite efforts by the Bush administration to shrug it off as an incremental threat best dealt with through voluntary emissions controls and technological innovation, the issue has been making inroads in the collective imagination, spurred by new scientific reports pointing to rising temperatures around the world and melting ice fields in Greenland and Antarctica. A year ago, the National Academy of Sciences joined similar groups from other countries in calling for prompt action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A Time magazine cover story in April declared that "the climate is crashing and global warming is to blame," noting that a new Time/ABC News/Stanford University poll showed that 87 percent of respondents believe the government should encourage or require a lowering of power-plant emissions. That same month, a U.S. News & World Report article noted that dozens of evangelical leaders had called for federal legislation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and that "a growing number of investors are pushing for change from the business community" as well. And even Hollywood movies like the kiddie cartoon "Ice Age: The Meltdown" and the much sillier disaster epic "The Day After Tomorrow" take climate change as a narrative premise. Enter "or rather, re-enter" Al Gore, former vice president, former Democratic candidate for president and longtime champion of the environment, who helped to organize the first Congressional hearings on global warming several decades ago.Fourteen years ago, during the 1992 campaign, the current president's father, George Herbert Walker Bush, dismissed Mr. Gore as "Ozone Man" -- if the Clinton-Gore ticket were elected, he suggested, "we'll be up to our neck in owls and out of work for every American" -- but with the emerging consensus on global warming today, Mr. Gore's passionate warnings about climate change seem increasingly prescient. He has revived the slide presentation about global warming that he first began giving in 1990 and taken that slide show on the road, and he has now turned that presentation into a book and a documentary film, both called "An Inconvenient Truth." The movie (which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday) shows a focused and accessible Gore "a funnier, more relaxed and sympathetic character" than he was as a candidate, said The Observer, the British newspaper " and has revived talk in some circles of another possible Gore run for the White House.As for the book, its roots as a slide show are very much in evidence. It does not pretend to grapple with climate change with the sort of minute detail and analysis displayed by three books on the subject that came out earlier this spring ("The Winds of Change" by Eugene Linden, "The Weather Makers" by Tim Flannery and "Field Notes From a Catastrophe" by Elizabeth Kolbert), and yet as a user-friendly introduction to global warming and a succinct summary of many of the central arguments laid out in those other volumes, "An Inconvenient Truth" is lucid, harrowing and bluntly effective. Like Mr. Gore's 1992 book "Earth in the Balance," this volume displays an earnest, teacherly tone, but it's largely free of the New Age psychobabble and A-student grandiosity that rumbled through that earlier book. The author's wonky fascination with policy minutiae has been tamed in these pages, and his love of charts and graphs has been put to good use. Whereas the charts in "Earth in the Balance" tended to make the reader's eyes glaze over, the ones here clearly illustrate the human-caused rise in carbon dioxide levels in recent years, the simultaneous rise in Northern Hemisphere temperatures and the correlation between the two. Mr. Gore points out that 20 of the 21 hottest years measured "have occurred within the last 25 years," adding that the hottest year yet was 2005" a year in which "more than 200 cities and towns" in the Western United States set all-time heat records. As for the volume's copious photos, they too serve to underscore important points. We see Mount Kilimanjaro in the process of losing its famous snows over three and a half decades, and Glacier National Park its glaciers in a similar period of time. There are satellite images of an ice shelf in Antarctica (previously thought to be stable for another 100 years) breaking up within the astonishing period of 35 days, and photos that show a healthy, Kodachrome-bright coral reef, juxtaposed with photos of a dying coral reef that has been bleached by hotter ocean waters. Pausing now and then to offer personal asides, Mr. Gore methodically lays out the probable consequences of rising temperatures: powerful and more destructive hurricanes fueled by warmer ocean waters (2005, the year of Katrina, was not just a record year for hurricanes but also saw unusual flooding in places like Europe and China); increased soil moisture evaporation, which means drier land, less productive agriculture and more fires; and melting ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland, which would lead to rising ocean levels, which in turn would endanger low-lying regions of the world from southern Florida to large portions of the Netherlands. Mr. Gore does a cogent job of explaining how global warming can disrupt delicate ecological balances, resulting in the spread of pests (like the pine beetle, whose migration used to be slowed by colder winters), increases in the range of disease vectors (including mosquitoes, ticks and fleas), and the extinction of a growing number of species. Already, he claims, a study shows that "polar bears have been drowning in significant numbers" as melting Arctic ice forces them to swim longer and longer distances, while other studies indicate that the population of Emperor penguins "has declined by an estimated 70 percent over the past 50 years." The book contains some oversimplifications. While Mr. Gore observes that the United States is currently responsible for more greenhouse gas pollution than South America, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Japan and Asia combined, he underplays the daunting increase in emissions that a rapidly growing China will produce in the next several decades. And in an effort to communicate the message that something can still be done about global warming, he resorts, in the book's closing pages, to some corny invocations of America's can-do, put-a-man-on-the-moon spirit.For the most part, however, Mr. Gore's stripped-down narrative emphasizes facts over emotion, common sense over portentous predictions" an approach that proves considerably more persuasive than the more alarmist one assumed, say, by Tim Flannery in "The Weather Makers." Mr. Gore shows why environmental health and a healthy economy do not constitute mutually exclusive choices, and he enumerates practical steps that can be taken to reduce carbon emissions to a point below 1970's levels. Mr. Gore, who once wrote an introduction to an edition of Rachel Carson's classic "Silent Spring" (the 1962 book that not only alerted readers to the dangers of pesticides, but is also credited with spurring the modern environmental movement), isn't a scientist like Carson and doesn't possess her literary gifts; he writes, rather, as a popularizer of other people's research and ideas. But in this multimedia day of shorter attention spans and high-profile authors, "An Inconvenient Truth" (the book and the movie) could play a similar role in galvanizing public opinion about a real and present danger. It could goad the public into reading more scholarly books on the subject, and it might even push awareness of global warming to a real tipping point-and beyond." -MICHIKO KAKUTANI, New York Times