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Essential reading for Copenhagen at Nature Reports Climate Change

At the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen this December, talk will turn to scientific, political and economic issues with a global reach and a long history — not easy to pick up from the daily news. Nature Reports Climate Change asked select experts on climate change what books we should be reading ahead of the big event. See Nature Reports Climate Change for the selections made my Mike Hulme, Tony Juniper, Mark Lynas, Oliver Morton, Ron Oxburgh, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Roger Pielke, Jr, Andrew Revkin and Joseph Romm, which range from popular scientific accounts to technical reports; and from explaining the controversies to passionate accounts of solutions. Some quotations from the recommendations:

-“a must-read book for those who want a primer on all the key solutions countries will be considering at Copenhagen.”

-“Policymakers will have to forge a highly ambitious deal to avoid the crisis.”

-" ‘Climate change fatigue’ is said to be an ailment slowly spreading through the media. As Copenhagen takes over the headlines, Bryan Lovell’s lively new book — peering into the doubts, concerns and prejudices that have dogged climate negotiators — is an instant tonic for this malady."

-“The painful truth is that no one knows how to decarbonize the global economy…..— it’s a lesson of history.”

-“As governments head grimly into negotiations determined to avoid a policy failure, it’s worth keeping in mind that the system they’re hashing out is not the only possible one or even the best.”

-“a grand agreement is less achievable than a set of specific deals on particular issues.”

-“Beyond the frequently invoked battle-line between climate change ‘believers’ and ‘sceptics’, there is a deeper, and in the end more important, division of thinking.”

-"This book is not going to help anyone get to grips with the intricacies of the UN climate negotiations, but if you want to lift your head from the trenches for an overview of the twenty-first century, it’s a great place to start. "

—“it clearly maps out the serious consequences of inaction, as well as the feasibility and affordability of action both to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases.”

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