What if volcanoes are heating the planet? Maybe solar cycles are to blame? Isn't carbon dioxide good for plants? These are but a few of the questions on global warming that are addressed in Beyond Debate. If you are concerned that global warming may be a serious problem, but find it hard to know what to believe or how to help in the face of conflicting arguments, you will want to read this book. You don't have to be a scientist to understand Dr. Shahir Masri's explanations and solutions. They proceed along common-sense lines that are easy to follow.
Climate change poses a major threat to public health and the environment. Yet, political squabbles and misinformation have stalled policy and enabled little progress to be made in solving the crisis. Similarly, the notion of a "climate debate" has created the illusion of a divided scientific community, when in fact most scientists agree that human activity is causing the planet to warm. At a time when open discussion is essential, talk of global warming has become entrenched in politics and all but taboo in unfamiliar company.
In Beyond Debate, Shahir Masri clears up 50 of the most common misconceptions surrounding climate change. He simplifies the science and resolves the confusion so that everyone may better understand the issue. Now is not the time for silence, but rather a time for conversation and collective action to address greenhouse gas emissions and begin to solve the climate crisis. Action begins with understanding, which Beyond Debate so eloquently offers. Masri conveys a sense of urgency while describing opportunities for hope.
Shahir Masri is an air pollution scientist at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his Doctor of Science and Master of Science degrees in environmental health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and his Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from the University of California, Los Angeles.