The essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it. • “Jahren asks the central question of our time: how can we learn to live on a finite planet?" —Elizabeth Kolbert, New York Times bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction
"The voice that science has been waiting for.” —Nature
Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back. At once an explainer on the mechanisms of global change and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is “a superb account of the deadly struggle between humanity and what may prove the only life-bearing planet within ten light years" (E. O. Wilson).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
As glaciers melt, temperatures rise, and natural disasters become more and more frequent, the climate crisis feels increasingly overwhelming. Thankfully, Hope Jahren, the author of the superb science memoir Lab Girl, has written a highly scientific guide that’s easy to understand and gives us a solid sense of things we can do to make a measurable impact. Without preaching or finger-pointing, the biologist explains how the behaviors that led to climate change are built into humanity’s most fundamental appetites and aspirations—as are the solutions. She draws on hard data, personal experiences, and a wicked sense of humor to illustrate how we can all live more conscientiously and effect change one choice at a time. Jahren breaks down big topics like meat consumption, energy production, and carbon emissions into bite-size concepts and down-to-earth language: We learned just how much of a difference it would make to wash most of our laundry in cold water or skip meat one day a week. Jahren doesn’t sugarcoat the scary side of climate change, but she doesn’t hold back when it comes to hope either. The Story of More left us better informed and more inspired.
Loved everything about this book. Highly recommended!