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An early reference to ‘Pontius Pilot’ made my heart sink, but perhaps it was just a typo (the book has many). Unintentional comedy aside, this is a resolutely solemn trudge through its subject matter
It makes perfect sense for the debate about climate change to be dominated by practitioners of the natural sciences: we have to know what is going on before we can decide how to react
Within the raging and highly politicised debate on the realities and seriousness of climate change lies the controversial proposal put forth by David Keith: that global warming could be curbed by injecting pollution into the atmosphere
Geoffrey Parker has secured an enviable reputation as one of the leading historians of early modern Europe. He has decided to branch out and the results are spectacular
It’s difficult to warm to an author who asserts that money is ‘arguably man’s greatest invention’, but Rupert Darwall generally isn’t much of a one for warmth
The Amazon, Ganges, Yangtze, Nile – these rivers physically, economically and spiritually nourish and sustain billions around the world, and are key sources of geopolitical friction. But the future of water is uncertain
‘More energy, more technology, more people, more energy’ – this is the feedback loop, whereby an increase in energy supply ramps up demand for energy by allowing for population expansion
Lord Giddens is one of the most pre-eminent – and prolific – sociologists of the past 50 years, and the first edition of The Politics of Climate Change, published in 2009, was a must-read for anybody interested in the topic

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