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Dead Mars, Dying Earth

Brandenburg, John E.; Paxon, Minica Rix; Paxson, Monica Rix; Corrick, Steve

ISBN 10: 1580910661 / ISBN 13: 9781580910668
Published by Crossing Pr, 2000
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Signed by Author 1580910661 Book has a spine lean and some minor wear to a few page corners. Signed by both authors on the main title page. Autographed sticker on front of dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 031643

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Title: Dead Mars, Dying Earth

Publisher: Crossing Pr

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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It could happen here, warn physicist and Mars expert Brandenburg and science writer Paxson. They find the alarming rise of asthma in young children to be only the beginning effects of an irrevocable climatic collapse driven by global warming that will sentence life on Earth to the same extinction suffered by life on Mars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Is our planet's condition terminal? Whether or not you have faith in the mounting scientific evidence pointing toward potentially catastrophic effects of our atmospheric meddling, you must admit that if the prophets are right, we'd better learn to breathe carbon dioxide in a hurry. Physicist John E. Brandenburg and science writer Monica Rix Paxson warn that our big blue marble might become just another cold dead rock in Dead Mars, Dying Earth, a parallel study of our history and our neighbor's, drawing on the information amassed over decades of scientific research and exploration. The writing is florid, even a bit messianic at times, but the writers believe that our time is limited and that we must immediately stop deforestation and dependence on fossil fuel if we want our species to make it more than a few generations. Despite bringing in some unnecessary and controversial "evidence" (did they really need to tout the face on Mars to make their case for global warming?), they still make a compelling case that life did exist on Mars but was extinguished by an out-of-control greenhouse effect. Refreshingly, they suggest that we fight science with science, arguing that fusion power and space exploration are crucial to our continuing survival. This may be the argument that sways the nervous conservatives who fear economic recession or worse if we heed the environmentalists' call to action. If so, Dead Mars, Dying Earth could be the 21st century's Silent Spring. --Rob Lightner

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