With Broecker as his guide, award-winning science writer Robert Kunzig looks back at the Earth's volatile climate history so as to shed light on the challenges ahead. Ice ages, planetary orbits, a giant 'conveyor belt' in the ocean . It's a riveting story full of maverick thinkers, extraordinary discoveries and an urgent blueprint for action.
Likening climate to a slumbering beast, ready to react to the smallest prods, Broecker shows how assiduously we've been prodding it, by pumping 70 million tonnes of CO2 into the air each year. Fixing Climate explains why we need not just to reduce emissions but to start removing our carbon waste from our atmosphere.
Wallace S. Broecker is the Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He was awarded the 2006 Crafoord Prize (the 'Nobel for GeoScience'). Robert Kunzig is a contributing editor on Discover magazine and author of Mapping the Deep, winner of the Royal Society Aventis Science Book of the Year.