Any political issue that floats into the public consciousness brings with it a trail of journalists, academics, pundits, and cranks, all eager to make their points. They do so by writing books-lots of them-and here at The Independent, they crowd our shelves to the breaking point. For this month’s Hot Off the Press, we’ve taken a sample of the newest crop of high-profile political releases meant to push all sorts of buttons on the day’s big topics: global warming, the Middle East, socialism’s Latin American resurrection, and, of course, Tony Blair.
Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming
Best known for The Skeptical Environmentalist-a 2001 tome spanning most, if not all, areas of major environmental concern-Danish professor Bjorn Lomborg has returned with Cool It, a compact, Chip Kidd-designed volume focusing on that most divisive of all phenomena, climate change. Lomborg brings a refreshingly moderate view to the table, arguing that Earth really is warming due to the actions of humankind, but that we must weigh the costs and benefits of proposed solutions carefully, with an eye toward the livability of the planet in general. To Lomborg, implementing expensive, marginally effective solutions on a massive scale is inexcusable in a world where developing-world poverty and disease kill so many in the present.