The summertime air is hot, and not just from the rising temperatures. It’s hot with the buzz of global warming. Whether it’s around the water cooler, at a family barbeque or at a cocktail party – we can’t escape this heat. With mounting mixed messages and confusing sound bites flooding the airwaves, global warming has summer society all hot and bothered.
Bothered because we all know we have a problem, yet we haven’t a clue what to do or whom to believe.
Well, relief is in the air courtesy of Canadian author Annette Saliken.
Cocktail Party Guide to Global Warming is an environmental primer that should reside next to the grilling tongs, in the beach tote and even in the briefcase this summer.
Saliken, a first-time author, is officially launching the book in Vancouver, Canada July 17. But her going green manual is already generating buzz, having scooped the highly regarded Editor’s Choice and Publisher’s Choice Awards. It’s quickly become the No. 1 bestselling global warming book on Amazon.ca, shooting from No. 796 to No. 1 in just three weeks.
Saliken says she was inspired to write the book while completing her master’s thesis (related to the topic) at Royal Roads University in 2006. Her words have cut a refreshing path through the dense fog surrounding global warming. With contribution from Martin G. Clarke, the easy-to-read “layman’s handbook” aims at helping the great “unwashed” Canadian public better understand global warming and alternative energy. She says it’s all you need to be able to converse confidently and intelligently in social settings on these complex issues.
Priced at $18.95, the 178-page guide packs a wallop. The concise content:
- translates thousands of pages of scientific data (from sources such as the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) into everyday language for non-technical readers.
- “connects the dots” between climate change, global warming, natural processes, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, and fossil fuels.
- clarifies common misconceptions and answers frequently asked questions.
- explores breakthroughs in alternative energy technologies including solar, geothermal, wind, ocean, hydro and bio.