by Bob Swanson
Climate Change: Picturing the Science
Editors: Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Details: 351 pp., $34.95 hardcover, illustrated edition, 2008
Many climate scientists contend that mitigation of the unprecedented and “unequivocal” warming of recent decades, as described by the 2007 synthesis report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will require international teamwork. While exact solutions to the climate crisis are not clear, it is clear that quick and decisive action, responsible behavior, and global cooperation will go a long way. However, confusion regarding the scientific underpinnings among the public and policymakers continues to delay such decisive action.
Hoping to bring some clarity to the clmate change picture are Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and photographer Joshua Wolfe. Together they have compiled stunning photographs and writings from leading climate scientists at Columbia University’s Earth Institute to create Climate Change: Picturing the Science.