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I didn’t grow up watching Bill Nye on TV, because his show didn’t extend as far as England, where I spent my childhood. So Bill Nye the Science Guy was an unknown quantity for me. This talking book, ‘Unstoppable’, was a pleasant first encounter with this infectiously enthusiastic science geek.
The book is all about climate change. He treats climate change as if it is an established scientific truth, rather than a dubious theory - and of course in this he is absolutely right. He presents a lot of evidence to support the climate change hypothesis. There is, in any case, an overwhelming global scientific consensus supporting the idea that climate change is a reality, and, these days, the only climate change deniers in the world are: 1) greedy conservatives who want to continue to make money from fossil fuels and don’t care about any damage done; 2) conspiracy theorists and 3) the poorly educated.
He isn’t horribly scathing about these groups. He hints at criticism of them, but he is more about encouraging people to understand what is happening and then persuading them to do everything in their power to see if the catastrophic effects of climate change can be held at bay.
Much of this involves large scale infrastructure developments, such as wind, solar and nuclear power and many other initiatives, some of them very imaginative. He points out that these big capital projects might be expensive compared to the continued use of fossil fuels, but only because fossil fuels are artificially subsidised in the sense that people using them aren’t penalised for the environmental damage they wreak.
Moving on from big clean energy schemes, he later focusses on things that can be done in the home to make them more eco-friendly places. He admits he is an obsessive hobbyist who has turned his own home into a futuristic warren of eco gadgets, and acknowledges that we probably won’t all go to these lengths, but he does set us a superb example and suggests some excellent ways to conserve and harness energy.
As you can see, Bill Nye was already preaching to a converted listener. I liked the fact that he offered countless optimisitic and constructive suggestions to address this troubling problem, and I liked this book.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed listening to the Science Guy's reading of Unstoppable. As a scientist, I found the book to be focused more on the technological/engineering aspects of climate change than the science, but that's okay, because the science behind the technology is fascinating. For anyone concerned that this book may be laden with smug, self-righteous preaching from the progressive pulpit and attempt to convert you to veganism or whatever (like impassioned pleas to fight climate change unfortunately tend to be), don't worry: This book is a rational argument for why we have to fix climate change, but absolutely do not have to regress from our American standards of living to do so. On that note, I'm glad Mr. Nye admits in Unstoppable that he has come to a more reasonable assessment of GMOs since publishing Undeniable. Like any scientifically-minded person, he was able to change his viewpoint after careful assessment of scientific data. I hope this book can inspire others to do so as well.
18 of 23 people found this review helpful
Absolutely loved it. Fastest book I've finished, yet it has really left me thinkIng about many aspects I need to change in my way of life.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This should be compulsory reading for every person on earth. Such a tough subject made so interesting. Trust Bill Nye to take you on a journey. Been a big fan since the Science guy days. Now an even bigger one!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
bill does an amazing job at explaining the vital points of not just the human impacts upon the planet, but also ways that we can change our world for the better. loved it.
especially when bill shared how he optimised his own house.
very thought provoking and inspiring.