The Heat is On

The Climate Crisis, The Cover-Up, The Prescription

Posted: 25 June 2003

Author: Ross Gelbspan
Perseus Publishing, 1998, £12.99

This unashamedly political book focuses more on the industry-led campaign to deny global warming than on the nitty-gritties of the science underpinning it (this is where it defers to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

As a former reporter at the Boston Globe, Gelbspan is eminently equipped to bring climate change to a widespread audience, and this is exactly what he seeks to do in The Heat is On.

He also looks at solutions, proposing a worldwide transition - using a variety of economic instruments - away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy sources.

Unlike many authors, Gelbspan did not simply move onto something else once the book was out. His website, The Heat is Online, contains frequently-updated news as well as helpful pointers on countering the disinformation put about the by climate 'sceptics'.

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Reviewer: Mark Lynas

Reviewer Info: Mark Lynas is a specialist in Climate Change. His new book, High Tide: News from a warming world, will be published by Flamingo/HarperCollins in March 2004.