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A Newer World
Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis
William F. Hewitt; William K. Reilly, fwd.




University of New Hampshire Press
2012 • 348 pp. 19 illus. 6 x 9"
Ecology & Environmental Studies / Globalization


$29.95 Hardcover, 978-1-58465-963-1

$26.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-351-6

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“Hewitt, adjunct instructor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, takes a broad look at efforts to combat the effects of climate change and finds much that is encouraging. He begins by addressing the Climategate scandal, reinforcing the conclusion that climate change is a scientifically sound matter of “deep concern” while using the moment to summarize related activity in science, politics, the media, and in the general public. Touching on disinformation efforts, Hewitt categorizes the Republicans as the only political party among “the world’s democracies that refuses to acknowledge the manifest reality of climate change.” He then takes a kitchen-sink approach to covering local, national, and international efforts to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases through changing energy sources, clean technology, and financial, political, and development policies. There are occasional structural missteps—such as a section on mountaintop-removal coal mining that contains only two paragraphs, one on coal mining and the other, inexplicably, on mangroves—but he does offer positive news, like a research paper that demonstrates how, by using existing clean, renewable energy technologies, humanity could produce 15 times the energy currently created. In general, though Hewitt’s book is dense, it is a helpful synopsis of the world’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.”—Publishers Weekly

An environmentalist’s exploration of how we are bringing ourselves to the beginning of the end of the climate crisis and to the verge of sustainability

Here is a story that has not previously been adequately told: the story of the developments, trends, and visionary people that are, in many ways, mitigating the climate crisis and turning sustainable development into reality, not just a grand concept. In A Newer World, the environmentalist Bill Hewitt explores the advances in business and finance, politics, design, science, and engineering that are transforming the world around us right now, even as the dire climatic consequences of the industrialization of our economies have become ever more starkly apparent.

The received wisdom is that we are on an irrevocable path toward climate catastrophe. The political process, we are told, is broken. Coal-fired power plants in China and India are going to inundate the climate system with CO2 before we can convert to less dangerous ways to generate power. Market mechanisms to control emissions have not, as yet, realized their potential. There is some truth in all of this, but it is not, by any means, the whole story. A Newer World surveys the quantum leaps that are being made in clean technology and tells how governments, industry, and financial institutions are moving faster and more vigorously every day toward embracing these technologies. The challenges are real. A Newer World tells the untold story of the major progress already being made in addressing the looming climate crisis.

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Reviews:

"Hewitt provides something rare that has not really been seen in much contemporary environmental literature — hope — while melding the realities of climate science, politics, and economics all into one… A Newer World is worth a read for those tired of dire messages, for those who want hope in the face of our fast-paced, complex global economic system.”—CleanTechnica.com

"[Hewitt] provides an excellent overview of US, EU, and international climate change science and policy that gives context for his descriptions of a range of achievements. These include not just innovative policy making at local, state, national, and international scales, but also the development of a range of increasingly economic and prevalent alternative energy production and conservation technologies. This book will be valuable and interesting to general readers, scholars/students desiring accessible information on climate change policy, and faculty teaching any level of an energy or climate change-related class. . . . Highly recommended."
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“This book is first and foremost a compendium of events and trends presaging a green revolution. Its author has done an investigation of Homeric proportions to document the changes in energy infrastructure taking place outside of Washington, DC. Those multifarious changes, taken together, represent a rebirth of hope for dealing successfully with climate change.”—chris-winter.com

Endorsements:

“Amid the (entirely warranted) gloom of rapidly advancing climate change, there are rays of light—and Bill Hewitt has followed them all. This book makes clear that we lack neither the technology nor the policy necessary to deal with global warming, merely the political will. And that, happily, we can create if we want!”—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

A Newer World is a thoughtful, timely, and ultimately hopeful book.” —Elizabeth Kolbert



WILLIAM F. HEWITT has been an environmental professional and activist for more than twenty-five years. He is a writer and teacher of graduate and continuing education classes on energy and the environment, climate change, and clean technology at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.






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