What does a warming world mean for New Zealand - and for you personally- Will we fry and starve, or bask and thrive- How will it affect our standard of living, our overseas trade, our local industry, the future of our children--and our much loved days at the beach- Science writer Gareth Renowden puts climate change into a New Zealand context, using the latest information just received from the 2007 International Panel On Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report. In plain language he tells us what we all need to know, including: what changes we can expect and when, what the government can do about it (and not), how individuals and businesses can respond to the challenge and what the potential benefits and disadvantages will be. Renowden lays out the scientific basis for action, and looks at New Zealand's options for mitigation in a scrupulously non-partisan manner. Hot Topic is essential reading for anyone with an interest in New Zealand's future.
GARETH RENOWDEN (MA Oxon.) has written for and worked on a wide variety of magazines and newspapers in Britain, New Zealand and the United States. His recent books include The Truffle Book and The Olive Book (Canterbury University Press 1999) and he is the author of Video - The Inside Story. When not researching and writing he grows truffles, olives and grapes on a small farm in North Canterbury, and is president of the New Zealand Truffle Association.