Can we save the Earth? Two of our leading futurists say yes--and offer a solid recipe for planetwide common sense. Our Angry Earth tells us how we must each change our lives, expertly sums up scientific thought on pollution, and outlines a plan for a greener, more hospitable and healthier world. Illustrated....
|Title||:||Our Angry Earth: A Ticking Ecological Bomb|
|Number of Pages||:||323 Pages|
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Our Angry Earth: A Ticking Ecological Bomb Reviews
The authors are listed as Frederik Pohl and Isaac Asimov. Another reviewer (on Amazon.com) complained that the book's style is not Asimov's, and therefore not as entertaining as Isaac's usual writing. That is true, and it does appear that Pohl was probably the primary contributor as far as the written word is concerned. It is also true that this was Asimov's last non-fiction book, and at the time I believe he was quite ill; he died in 1992, the year following the book's publication. However, while the writing style does not seem to be Isaac's, the book is very comprehensive and detailed in its listing and explanations of the environmental dangers we face, and that detail certainly appears to be the result of Asimov's supreme intelligence, almost photographic memory, vast scientific knowledge, and wonderful research abilities. I seriously doubt that the book would contain the depth of exact detail as to what is going on as humanity continues its march onward toward the extinction of life on our planet, if Asimov had not had a hand in it. I suspect that Pohl and Asimov planned the outline of the book and the listing of the problems involved, then Pohl produced most of the wording with Asimov supplying the scientific data.This is a very, very good book, and one which everyone who cares about the environment should read. It will fill any gaps in your knowledge of our problems, and that is a very worthwhile and even necessary thing. If you're looking for knowledge of the facts, and serious attention to the exact details involved, this book fills the bill perfectly. If you're looking for entertainment, maybe you should just forget about the dangers we face, and bury your head in some of Asimov's science fiction. I should add that while the book isn't very "amusing" in the Asimov style, it will definitely hold your interest. It isn't dull, and it never flags in its steady piling up of the facts and details involved. But not only is it not "entertaining" in an escapist way, it will just about scare you to death!The only thing that would make this book better is for someone to put out a second edition bringing everything in the first edition up to date. The book was published in 1991 - 22 years ago (as of this date, 2013). I'm looking for something that updates it that is just as easy and captivating to read as this one is. If Pohl is still alive, maybe he could do that; but without Asimov's help, it probably wouldn't be as comprehensive and helpful, though any update would be better than nothing. And maybe some of Isaac's other friends could combine their scientific knowledge and research abilities to make up for what was lost when Asimov left us. (It might take 5 or 10 of them to replace one Asimov!)P.S. - if anyone knows where I can find an "update" to what this book provides, I would greatly appreciate it if he or she would add their own review of this book and mention the update(s) in their review.
A great introduction to all things related to understanding the need to save our planet. However, this was written in 1992, so some issues have been updated. I look forward to reading more of Asimov's work.
I normally think of sci-fi writers as leaning conservative (Heinlein, Card), probably because militarism and personal autonomy are common themes. But in this non-fiction work, written in 1991, Asimov and Pohl reveal a soft spot for dear old Mother Earth.Sci-fi writers are of course also known for thinking hard about the future. After a discussion about the hazards of prediction, they point out that one class of "future" events can be predicted quite accurately: those that have already begun to happen (and, I might add, which are driven by systematic and entrenched economic incentives.)What did these two giants predict 17 years ago? The crumbling of our aging Eisenhower-era bridge and highway infrastructure due to underinvestment. The reality of global warming ("what we can say for sure is that these things are precisely what we would expect to find if the theories were true, and that we would be very surprised to find them if the theories were false.") The need to put a price on carbon emissions by, for example, taxing them. And, perhaps worst of all to space enthusiasts, the proliferation space junk, "a sort of orbital minefield, left there by the spacefaring nations of the Earth."
This was the first book on environmentalism that I ever read, and it scared the shit out of me. Apparently their predictions were wrong, but they explained concepts like global warming well enough that I could figure out what they were talking about at age 12.
I read this book almost twenty years ago, but there are parts I still think about.
Very well written informational material about mother Earth and ways we are killing it. My only question is if we had this kind of expert opinion and guideline 26 years ago why are we not on the right track. We have made some developments to solve ecological problems but lobbying for stagnation have really kept us making leap for (cleaner) future.