"WILLIAM MARSDEN is author of Stupid to the Last Drop and co-author of the national bestsellers Angels of Death and The Road to Hell. He is a senior investigative reporter for the Gazette in Montreal. i>From the Hardcover edition."
With lively prose and a healthy serving of sarcasm and welcome indignation, Canadian investigative reporter Marsden (Stupid to the Last Drop) brings levity to this otherwise deeply depressing analysis of the failure of the Copenhagen and Cancun climate summits. In between, he travels to the Canadian High Arctic to hang with climate scientists and encounter evidence of incontrovertible global warming. As glaciologist Martin Sharp puts it, "the consensus is beginning to think that we are going to hell in a handbasket and that there is no turning back. But we don't understand things well enough to know if that is true." Trekking to the world's most northern research station to take "the amplified pulse of climate change at its very heart," Marsden finds a scientist who refuses to talk, "both a victim and a tool of the [Canadian] government's clampdown on information leaking out about the severity of climate change in the Arctic," apparently a result of the alliance of the Alberta tar sands gas and oil lobby and the Conservative party that have together destroyed Canada's carbon reduction efforts. Probing the apparent inability of humans to effectively attack this potentially deadly crisis, Marsden offers a solution: skip the useless negotiations among politicians altogether and bring experts together to make concrete plans. "Our brains have an amazing ability to chart new courses," he concludes. "Why not use them?" (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"William Marsden is one of the finest investigative journalists
to ever come out of Canada."
"A well-researched, highly readable follow-up to...Stupid to the Last Drop."
--Winnipeg Free Press
"A thorough journalistic exposure of the denial which currently undermines our political negotiations and an affirmation of the primacy of the science which points to inescapable climate change."
--Hot Topic (New Zealand) "Marsden in full, angry, rhetorical flight is a force to behold." Toronto Star "As Marsden's book amply demonstrates, a new course on addressing climate change is essential if we're going to save more human lives in the future."
--The Georgia Straight