Authors from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its parent organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), are listed in boldface. The Crowded Greenhouse, by John Firor and Judith E. Jacobsen. Yale University Press, 2002, 256 pages, ISBN 0-300-09320-9, hardcover, $24.95.
Gloom-and-doom books about environmental and societal ills abound. The Crowded Greenhouse tackles two problems not usually considered together and offers hope for solving them. The authors, an atmospheric scientist and a population policy expert, examine the intersection of population growth and human-influenced climate change and find reason for optimism. The book opens with a scenario for the next 50 years in which social, economic, and technological changes have brought people and the planet to a far healthier position. The rest of the book explains how to get there.
The solutions are already known, the authors contend. What is needed is the will to implement them.
John Firor holds the title of senior scientist and director emeritus of NCAR. Judith E. Jacobsen is a writer, lecturer, and consultant on world population issues.
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