by Michael dEstries
Categories: Music, Print.

global warming survival guide handbookIf you were one of the Live Earth junkies that decided to go ahead and shell out the extra $14.95 for a ticket AND a Global Warming Survival Handbook, I’m hear to tell you that the investment was wise. In between sets of Bon Jovi and Dave Matthews Band (or the 14 other awesome groups playing) you’re going to find yourself seriously educated and amused. While appealing to those looking to sink into a couch and drift away in a sea of eco-related tips, this little handbook also screams “skim me” and is very good at making you take notice just by flipping through the 160 or so pages.

Topics covered range from those you’ve heard before to those you’ve never thought of. Each tip takes up one or two pages and is rated by a handy colorful graph up top that displays the cost, time, effort, and impact involved. There are also fun little facts scattered about for trivia geeks (The most fuel-efficient flight is 2,700 miles. 96 billion pounds — over 25% of America’s food goes to waste each year.) Additionally, you’ll find sections for “How To Outwit Global Warming Skeptics”, “Correctly Use A Sweater”, and “Say Nuclear Correctly”. The most amusing piece of the book may be the red-striped back section labeled: WARNING: If All Else Fails. Here’s the description,

live earth global warming survival guide“Refer to the following pages only in the event of TOTAL CLIMATE MELTDOWN. These survival strategies will keep you alive on a devastated planet. They contain solutions and advice for extreme conditions. Even if it is too late to prevent climate change, it is never too late to fight for a tolerable existence.”

The first tip in this section? Buy A Camel. Not only do they provide reliable transportation, live for 50 years, and produce wool for fabrics, but they can also supply you with milk, cheese, and yogurt. Careful, they spit. You can also “Learn To Barter”, “Mine A Landfill”, “Harvest The Clouds”, and easily enough “Evolve”.

The book’s author, David De Rothschild (Founder of Adventure Ecology) has done a masterful job of making the content accessible to anyone looking to change their lives in a few easy steps. You’ll also find a forward by director Rob Reiner and an afterward by SOS founder Kevin Wall. Keep this one on your coffee table or for others to read in the car. A few quick glances will have even the most disinterested individual turning to the next page.

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About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • zackk

    i’ve been trying to evolve for a while. i guess it takes practice?

  • michael

    According to the book:

    “With a well-managed mutation program and a little luck from Mother Nature, you might be able to kick-start your personal genetic development. These results won’t be perfect — you’ll have to take the adaptations you get — but on an aggressive regimen of morning irradiation and afternoon mutagen shakes, you’re sure to sprout something useful sooner or later.”

    It then lists things such as photosynthetic skin (to create energy), scaly skin (to keep you moist), giant ears (to keep you cool) and a host of other useful genetic screw-ups.

    Have you been drinking your mutagen shakes?

  • Dr. Francis T. Manns

    Models are GIGO. For instance, sequester enough CO2 and you starve plant life, cut down on oxygen and CO2, and freeze the planet. We will then need to burn the furniture to keep warm which could tip over into burning the remaining oxygen while we all choke in the cold. Sound incredible? It is.

    The planet has evolved mechanisms over geological time (4.5 billion years of trial and error) to protect itself. Earth’s climate varies for a lot of extraterrestrial reasons. The shortest period has to do with the interplay of solar activity and cosmic radiation from the Milky Way. During quiet periods of solar activity, like now, cosmic radiation penetrates the atmosphere and creates clouds where conditions permit. Over long periods this cools the earth. Most of the time however, sun’s magnetic activity induces earth’s geomagnetic field. The geomagnetic shields are up during most of the 11 year sun spot cycle. Earth’s cooling (1940-1965) and earth’s heating (balance of the 20th century) is 95% correlated to sunspot peak frequency. Short cycles induce cooling and long cycles induce warming. This is a magnificently balanced system because the total solar irradiance varies very little. The subtlety is the correlation with sunspot peak frequency. During the Maunder Minimum there were no sunspots and the world suffered through the Little Ice Age.

    CO2 has come out of the planet during 4.5 billion years of volcanic activity. Plants use CO2 to produce carbohydrates, oxygen and water vapour. Free oxygen is not produced by volcanoes. CO2 has the property of inverse solubility. Global warming from the sun forces CO2 out of the ocean in increasing quantities like warming beer. CO2 is the effect, not the cause of the warming. Moreover, the absorption wavelength for CO2 in the spectrum is filled. CO2 will not contribute any more heating. The analogy is adding a second Venetian blind to your window may not make the room any darker.

    Sea level is said to be rising (ICPP) at 2 – 3 mm a year. Since the Pleistocene it has risen 125 metres (6 mm a year) and most of the coastal tribes of the earth have a Noah. The coral reefs of the oceans have kept pace because of a symbiotic relationship with algae that keep them thriving in the sunlit surface of the sea no matter how fast sea level rises. Barrier bars like the Atlantic longshore bar are dynamic features that are fed sand by Piedmont rivers and maintain themselves in the surf zone. A summer beach is wide and fine and a winter beach is coarse and steep. Common sense needs to be applied.

    By the way modern coal-fired power plants produce electricity, water vapour and CO2; plant food not pollution. The US has enough coal and oil shale to support itself for 1,000 years. This AGW piece is political, not scientific, and is coming out on party lines.

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