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Solving the Climate Crisis: Frontline Reports on the Race to Save the Earth

In his panoramic new book, John J. Berger, an acclaimed science and environmental writer, shows how we can defeat the fossil fuel industry; win at climate diplomacy; and implement the policies, programs and technologies that can solve a climate crisis that grows more dire by the day.  

Solving the Climate Crisis is a hopeful and critical resource that makes a convincing and detailed case that there is a path forward to save our environment. Illustrating the power of committed individuals and the necessity for collaborative government and private-sector climate action, the book focuses on three essential areas:

  • The technological dimension: move to 100% clean renewable energy as fast as we possibly can through innovations like clean-steel, “green” cement, and carbon-reuse companies;
  • The ecological dimension: enhance and protect natural ecosystems, forests, and agricultural lands to safely store greenhouse gases and restore soils, transforming how we grow, process, and consume food;
  • The social dimension: update and create new laws, policies and economic measures to recenter human values and reduce environmental and social injustice.

Based on more than 6 years of research, Berger traveled the nation and abroad to interview governors, mayors, ranchers, scientists, engineers, business leaders, energy experts, and financiers as well as carbon farmers, solar and wind innovators, forest protectors, non-profit leaders, and activists.

With real world examples, an explanation of cutting-edge technologies in solar and wind, and political organizing tactics, Solving the Climate Crisis provides a practical road map for how we effectively combat climate change. Replacing the fossil-fuel system with a newly invigorated, modernized, clean-energy economy will produce tens of millions of new jobs and save trillions of dollars. Protecting the climate is thus potentially the greatest economic opportunity of our time.

The world could save trillions of dollars on energy, put tens of millions of people to work, avoid trillions of dollars in global-warming damages, save millions of lives, stabilize energy costs, make most countries energy self-sufficient, and restabilize the climate

John berger, 1988 switzer fellow

In Solving The Climate Crisis, he shows us how. From technological breakthroughs to savvy political strategies to scientific innovation to smart economics, Berger offers a roadmap to a green and sustainable future in which we thrive on every front.

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