An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming

An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming

by Al Gore

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Former Vice President Al Gore's New York Times #1 bestselling book is a daring call to action, exposing the shocking reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and the future we face if we do not take action to stop global warming. Now, Viking has adapted this book for the most important audience of all: today's youth, who have no choice but to confront this climate crisis head-on.

Dramatic full-color photos, illustrations, and graphs combine with Gore's effective and clear writing to explain global warming in very real terms: what it is, what causes it, and what will happen if we continue to ignore it. An Inconvenient Truth will change the way young people understand global warming and hopefully inspire them to help change the course of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670062720
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 121,702
Product dimensions: 7.56(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Former Vice President Al Gore is currently the chairman of both Current TV and Generational Investment Management. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990, and served eight years as vice president of the United States, from 1993 to 2000. He is the author of the 1992 bestseller Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. He lives with his wife, Tipper, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Introduction     10
Our Changing Planet     12
A Silent Alarm     18
Cold, Hard Evidence     32
Hurricane Watch     59
Extremely Wet, Extremely Dry     72
The Ends of the Earth: The North Pole     80
The Ends of the Earth: The South Pole     92
A New Atlas?     108
Deep Trouble     118
Hazardous to Your Health     124
Off Balance     130
Collision Course     136
Technology's Side Effects     149
"Denial Ain't Just a River in Egypt"     158
Crisis = Opportunity     166
Acknowledgments     184
Credits     186
Index     188

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“Using easy-to-grasp graphics and revealing before-and-after photos, [Gore] shows how glaciers and ice shelves are disappearing all over the globe with alarming speed, pointing to profound climate changes and increased danger from rising sea levels in the near future. He writes measured, matter-of-fact prose, letting facts and trends speak for themselves–but, suggesting that “what happens locally has worldwide consequences,” —School Library Journal, starred review

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An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Johnny94 More than 1 year ago
This book covers the topic of Global Warming an is very well written by Al Gore. People that might be interested in this kind of book are one people who want to learn about world crisises and also need a good read. The book talks about Global warming and all the effects of it like the ice caps up in Greenland or the North Pole and how all the snow and ice is melting it also covers the ocean rising and the problem of natural disasters like for example the terrible hurrican Katrina which was one of the worst and it happened in New Orleans. Some more stuff that it has is how that we are the ones causing it and we are the only ones that can stop it. A reason that you might be reading it is one like me for schhol or just for fun. It is good for some teachers and it is very eduacatinal and also it has a lot of pictures along with the words that better make people understand the topic. It teaches a good lesson to learn that what we can do to the enviroment is bad and only we can stop it. The last thing that i have to say is that this book is true and this stuff is really happening out there in the world so think what you can do to stop it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
good book, good points...but lacking that one thing i wanted to know....DOES MANBEARPIG EXIST....otherwise a good read ..if your into fairy tales.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An Inconvenient Truth is a great book. It explains all about global warming and you can learn a lot from it, I know I have. Al Gore tells just about everything you would need to know about global warming, he also has a counter for everything that makes skeptics think that global warming is not happening or that we as humans have no affect on or that the increase in temperatures are just normal fluxes. An Inconvenient Truth tells how important global warming is and it also tells us that if we do not start to stop global warming soon then it may be too late to stop it at all. One of the coolest things about the book is the part where he talks about how the scientist can read the ice and tell what year the ice was formed. This was a great book and if you have any doubts about global warming READ THIS BOOK! It well change your mind forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offers compelling proof of the effect humans have had on the enviroment. It's informative graphs and data are scientific proof of the phenonmenon. For those out there who believe global warming is just a cycle, READ THIS! Sure, Earth goes through warming and cooling periods, but NOTHING like whats happening now. Although I believe humans have the responsibility to take care of this Earth, I am by no means they type to shove this stuff down your throat. My advice, read a book from both sides of the issue and then decide your views for yourself!! Whatever your interest level is, you must read this book!
loyolanaveenyonnex 8 months ago
A complete lie - Al gore Why CO2 has nothing to do with temperatures By Dr Darko Butina Read the above, run the search online you will get a 10 page write up nicely explained. Taking advantage of modern management confusion :
RebeccaAnn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have a huge amount of respect for Al Gore and everything he is trying to do to make people more aware of global warming and it's harmful effects on our planet. That said, I felt this book could have been a lot better. There wasn't a whole lot of information in this book that I didn't already know, and he didn't go into a lot of depth on any of the topics. There were a lot of pictures, though, which was nice. Sometimes, a visual example can have more impact that even the most drastic of scientific calculations. There was also little information given on what we can do to help stop global warming. He gives a few examples at the end, such as using fluorescent light bulbs and driving hybrid cars, but fails to even mention recycling or using cloth bags rather than the plastic grocery bags, ideas that are simple enough for everyone to take part in. All in all, I like the idea behind the book, but I feel it's mostly meant for people who have little to no knowledge of the effects of global warming. I'm hoping Gore will come out with another book that explains the "inconvenient truth" in greater depth.
kpickett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great overview of global warming research. Follows along with the video but is geared for teens. Lots of visual data.
lois1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I want this here to remind me to encourage others to read the book or watch the DVD (as I did). It's really tough to watch but should be required viewing for everyone on planet earth.
miksmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the movie of the same title, this book is Al Gore's vehicle for bringing the issue of global warming to the attention of the public. Using powerful color photographs, maps or diagrams on every page, Gore has simplified the science behind the global warming crisis. He describes in plain language the causes and effects of global warming, and places responsibility for both causing the problem and creating solutions on the U.S. and other technologically advanced nations. He ends on a hopeful note with advances in solar, wind and geothermal power, and small things individuals can do to personally reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Gore has taken himself 'out of the picture' here - putting the focus on the message, and making it accessible to (middle and high school) students and adults in this straightforward and attractive book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
global warming is real and is happening all around the world right now. whats realy sad is that by the time you people grow a brain and realize that this is real it will be to late.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's always puzzling to find supposed skeptics who truly do want to accept the scientific fact that global warming is affecting the world and it is going at a must faster rate than it can be anticipated. An Inconvenient Truth is a must read for everyone because this book is not so much a book telling people that the world is going to end but that human impact is causing global warming and that people can make a difference. If people learned more ways to conserve their energy, use less green house gases, and take steps to improve the environment around them, we can still prevent the major disasters that come with the increased global climate change. Everyone should read this book--forget the politics, it's a human issue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so many inaccuracies and self-serving scientific 'facts' in this book that it is impossible to name them all. Suffice it to say that Herr Josef Goebels would have been proud to have endorsed this book. That despicable little Nazi promoted the principle of the Big Lie. Tell a lie loudly enough and long enough and gullible people will begin to believe it. Fretwell's book, The Sky is NOT Falling, should be read by those who want a balanced viewpoint and then let your own judgement take over. We have had recurring cycles of global warming and cooling ever since man has been on this planet and long before that. Our carbon footprint is a negligible factor in these recurring cycles. Gore has a BIG footprint when it is not inserted into his mouth and wastes energy in that big house of his. He justifies this by buying carbon offsets, but he is a bad example for our children to follow. Read both books and compare science with pseudoscience and make up your own mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all college students, no matter what their major, because our generation will be the one to reverse the effects of global warming. A good sized majority of the older generations (my parents included) simply don't care or are in error when they say that global warming doesn't exist. There is too much proof to the contrary. No matter what your personal beliefs are, you cannot deny the existence of global warming, and this book goes well above and beyond its duty in pointing out the facts to prove that it does exist and is definitely a problem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How long can people run away from the mistakes which human keep making. Nature is not a meek thing, it nows how to keep things in control. All because these companies wanted to make lots of money etc etc, the truth was hidden by the media. There are people still who will swear that there is no global warming. An Inconvenient truth is to open the eyes of such blind folk in the world and urges all of us to start conserving and come together to work to save the earth which we have taken for granted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
in science we had to read and watch the inconvenient truth and it was not fun at all. it is not relayed to teens at all besides a bit of simpsons in the video. not recommended for teachers to get for students