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Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich (MCD, April 2019)
By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change―including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story, and ours.
It reveals the birth of climate denialism and the genesis of the fossil fuel industry's coordinated effort to thwart climate policy through misinformation propaganda and political influence. The book carries the story into the present day, wrestling with the long shadow of our past failures and asking crucial questions about how we make sense of our past, our future, and ourselves.
*PEN/E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD FINALIST
*THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS' SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AWARD WINNER
*SOCIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISTS AWARD WINNER
Van Carter is a retired broadcast journalist. "I was never a war correspondent, yet we're now in a war and I feel like I'm reporting from the front lines." Since 2008, he has published the Only Green List. To see previous and upcoming episodes, go here.
Music credit: David Nevue, While the Trees Sleep
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