Alarmists and deniers rarely go head to head in the climate change debate. They preach instead to sympathetic audiences whose minds are made up. This book, however, is designed to address open-minded readers and explain in lay terms how greenhouse gases are overwhelming the Earth’s ancient balance. It points out severe consequences for the human species, even if politically palatable targets are met. It emphasises the role of trees, past, present and future, and asks how and whether Homo sapiens will cope as our habitat is gradually smothered in carbon. Each aspect of the interwoven issues is simply explained in its own chapter, amidst an overall treatment which makes the true position crystal clear.
John Halkett is the author of numerous scientific papers and six previous books, He plays a leading role in developing industries using trees in carbon control, including a power station in the Hunter Valley fuelled by firewood and waste. He runs a forest consultancy business and has expertise in temperate and tropical forest management and forest-based industries. He has held senior positions in government forest and conservation agencies in Australia and New Zealand. He has worked in the USA, China, Canada, Chile, PNG, Myanmar, and Africa. He is Chairman of Australian timber and energy company Sweetman Renewables and serves on Australian and international boards and committees.
Preface by John Hewson
Chapter 1 Preamble
Chapter 2 Setting the Scene
Chapter 3 Encounters from out there in Space
Chapter 4 It’s Heating up here on Earth
Chapter 5 Droughts, Floods and Bushfires
Chapter 6 Learning to Live in a Greenhouse
Chapter 7 Did we Kill off our Cousins?
Chapter 8 Planet Earth—we have a Problem
Chapter 9 Nature’s Light Show
Chapter 10 Getting to Grips with Trees
Chapter 11 At the Centre of Human Consciousness
Chapter 12 Forests—Where Trees Live
Chapter 13 A Language that Strangers Don’t Know
Chapter 14 Putting a Price on Nature
Chapter 15 Selling Carbon in the Market
Chapter 16 Thawing up in the Arctic
Chapter 17 Nature Relieved of her Human Burden
Chapter 18 Enter the Corona Virus
Chapter 19 Sleepwalking Past a Point of No Return
Chapter 20 Towards the Cliff Edge
* Most up to date survey of climate change issues for general readers since the corona epidemic.
* Accurately explains the science and casues of human inertia, in simple terms.
* Richly illustrated throughout, with many colour images.
* Hewson preface puts Coalition policy in the spotlight.
* Expecting radio interviews, news coverage, and commentary, timed to pick up on climate focus coinciding with World summit conferences later this year.