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A Climate For Life

A new book is going to change the way people think about climate change. With the combined knowledge of more than 30 scientists and some of the most stunning climate images every captured, A Climate for Life: Meeting the Global Challenge, is one of the most comprehensive volumes on climate change ever published. (...)

Quote by Marshall Maher (October 7, 2008)


A Climate for Life: Meeting the Global Challenge is one of the most visually arresting and comprehensive book on the topic of climate change ever published. Launched at the 2008 World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, the book is a timely blueprint for the portfolio of actions needed to stabilize the world’s climate. Its compelling foreword is co-authored by eminent Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson and famed actor Harrison Ford.

“This is the central message of A Climate for Life, the global environment cannot be stabilized and restored piece-by-piece and step-by-step. Its deterioration has to halt on all fronts, through intelligent and concerted action, with linkages to the parts given the same attention as to the parts themselves,” write Ford and Wilson.

The combined expertise of the contributing authors spans all areas of society related to climate change. The authors dissect every issue relating to climate change and present a clear plan of action. Speedy adoption of the recommendations that span policy, technology, and market innovations, could stimulate the global economy while providing for the well-being and security of humanity. It shows that alleviating climate change can grow economies rather than stifle them.

Some key points:

  • Climate destabilization poses a catastrophic long-term threat to humanity
  • Deforestation and degradation of tropical forests each year is responsible for 20 to 25 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions (more than from the world's cars, trucks, planes, ships and railroads combined)
  • Any effort to mitigate climate change must account for the emissions from tropical forest deforestation and make it a centerpiece of the solution
  • This book offers a range of solutions for stabilizing the world's climate right now

“The science on climate change is clear and the threat is urgent. We must use this crisis as an opportunity to revolutionize economies, create jobs, and protect critical ecosystems that can stabilize our climate right now,” says Russell A. Mittermeier, lead author and president of Conservation International. “The emerging perception of climate change is fragmented at best and this book demonstrates plainly the strong linkages between our modern society, the natural world, and climate change. There is hope for the future but only if we act now.”

A Climate for Life is punctuated with more than 175 stunning photographs provided by the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), including images from world-class talents including noted wildlife photographer Frans Lanting, glacier photographer James Balog, and endangered species photographer Joel Sartore. The images are a powerful compliment to the science found within.

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Bibliographical Reference

Hannah, L., Araújo, M.B., Midgley, G., Andelman, S., Martinez-Meyer, E., Pearson, R., Williams, P. & Lovejoy, T.E. 2008. Terrestrial Biodiversity. In A Climate for Life: Meeting the Global Challenge (eds. Mittermeier, R.A., M.Totten, L. Ledwith Pennypacker, F. Boltz, C.G. Mittermeier, G. Midgley, C.M. Rodríguez, G. Prickett, C. Gascon, P.A. Seligmann and O. Langrand). Pages 183-189. CEMEX Conservation Book Series, ILCP, Arlington, VA