Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Have Fueled the Climate Crisis -- and What We Can Do to Avert Disaster
April 9, 2005
In 2003 alone, a succession of climatic, economic, and political omens painted a frightening picture of our planet's future: About 35,000 people died in Europe as the result of the brutally hot summer. The acid level of the world's oceans was discovered to have grown more in the last 100 years than it had in the previous 10,000 years. The United Nations reported that climate impacts, which cost the world $60 billion that year, will reach $160 billion a year within this decade and $300 billion a year thereafter. And these are just a few of the many signs that the climate crisis has reached a fever pitch.
In the groundbreaking Boiling Point, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Ross Gelbspan argues that, unchecked, climate change will eclipse every other issue facing us today. What began as an initial response of many institutions -- denial and delay -- has grown into a crime against humanity. Gelbspan's previous book, The Heat Is On, exposed the financing of climate-change skeptics by the oil and coal companies. Now, his brilliant reporting exposes the strange and surprising group of players, who -- wittingly or unwittingly -- have worsened the crisis.
Ross Gelbspan was a longtime reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Bulletin, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for a series he conceived and edited. He covered the U.N. Conference on the Environment in Stockholm in 1972, and addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998. The author of The Heat Is On, he lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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