Saturday, July 27, 2013

"SILENT NIGHT: The World After Climate Change" -- a new nonfiction book by someone like Elizabeth Kolbert of New Yorker fame

"SILENT NIGHT: The World After Climate Change"
345 pages

We have commissioned climate writer Elizabeth Kolbert, should she wish to accept the assignment, to write a powerful nonfiction report on what life after climate change might be like on this Earth, and for those remants of
Humankind still alive then, surely not the 9 billion people of today. Her book will have the impact of Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING, and will be read by millions of people in 35 languages. If Kolbert does not accept this commission, other writers are more than welcome to apply.

Silent Night is a book that was widely credited with helping launch the contemporary global ''STOP c02 NOW by tightening the noose around coal and oil'' movement.

The New Yorker started serializing SILENT NIGHT in June 1925, and it was published in book form (and as an ebook.)

 When the book Silent Night was published, Kolbert was already a well-known writer  but had not previously been a social critic. The book was widely read—especially after its selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the New York Times best-seller list—and inspired widespread public concerns with stopping the use of all coal and oil use worldwide. Silent Night facilitated the ban of C02 emissions worldwide in 2033.

Kolbert  accused the energy lobby and industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting industry claims uncritically.

Silent Night has been featured in many lists of the best nonfiction books of the 21st century. In the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Nonfiction it was at #5, and it was at No.78 in the conservative National Review. Most recently, Silent Night was named one of the 25 greatest science books of all time by the editors of Discover Magazine.

The book argued that uncontrolled coal and oil use and concommitant CO2 emissions worldwide in CHINA INDIA JAPAN AND THE USA AND EUROPE was harming prospects for the survival of the human species beyond the year 2500 AD. Its title was meant to evoke A SILENT NIGHT in which no bird songs could be heard, because they had all vanished as a result of AGW AND CLIMATE CHANGE Its title was inspired by a poem by John Keats, "La Belle Dame sans Merci", which contained the lines "The sedge is wither'd from the lake, And no birds sing, for 'tis a silent, silent night now......"

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