A sweeping and empowering look at a new era of energy production.



A comprehensive, practical guide to clean, renewable energy.

Nagy’s nonfiction debut begins by laying out some basic realities: “Climate change,” he says, “is a serious problem” and simply “ignoring it…is untenable.” But some solutions to the problem, he notes, have plenty of health and economic benefits. Nagy initially concentrates on three infrastructure-related energy challenges—buildings, power structures, and transportation—and he details obstacles and innovative approaches connected with each. Citing advancements in clean-energy technology and the so-called “internet of things,” Nagy discusses how corporations and individual homeowners have been lessening their carbon footprints and increasing the efficiency of their heating and cooling systems. “Smart” buildings, designed to minimize energy loss, are increasingly practical and affordable, he asserts. Nagy also targets persistent myths about switching over to renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, or geothermal power; he cites reassuring research into questions regarding intermittent supply, affordability, animal habitat destruction, and noise pollution, and he assuages concerns about putting old power industries out of business. Throughout, the author interviews not only specialists in different types of power usage, but also ordinary consumers from all walks of life as they confront new economic and environmental factors. It’s a thorough and wide-ranging approach that aligns neatly with the book’s broader message, which offers unexpected hope in the face of a drastic problem—one that’s coming whether we prepare for it or not. Nagy effectively counters doomsayers by constantly pointing out real-world measures that can be taken today to lessen the impact of change down the line—and maybe improve things in the short run, as well: “Your choices today will make you important beyond your time and beyond your circle of family and friends,” he writes. “You can achieve something.”

A sweeping and empowering look at a new era of energy production.

Pub Date: Oct. 8, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5381-1578-7

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Review Posted Online: Oct. 12, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2018

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A collection of articulate, forceful speeches made from September 2018 to September 2019 by the Swedish climate activist who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Speaking in such venues as the European and British Parliaments, the French National Assembly, the Austrian World Summit, and the U.N. General Assembly, Thunberg has always been refreshingly—and necessarily—blunt in her demands for action from world leaders who refuse to address climate change. With clarity and unbridled passion, she presents her message that climate change is an emergency that must be addressed immediately, and she fills her speeches with punchy sound bites delivered in her characteristic pull-no-punches style: “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.” In speech after speech, to persuade her listeners, she cites uncomfortable, even alarming statistics about global temperature rise and carbon dioxide emissions. Although this inevitably makes the text rather repetitive, the repetition itself has an impact, driving home her point so that no one can fail to understand its importance. Thunberg varies her style for different audiences. Sometimes it is the rousing “our house is on fire” approach; other times she speaks more quietly about herself and her hopes and her dreams. When addressing the U.S. Congress, she knowingly calls to mind the words and deeds of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy. The last speech in the book ends on a note that is both challenging and upbeat: “We are the change and change is coming.” The edition published in Britain earlier this year contained 11 speeches; this updated edition has 16, all worth reading.

A tiny book, not much bigger than a pamphlet, with huge potential impact.

Pub Date: Nov. 26, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-14-313356-8

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Penguin

Review Posted Online: Nov. 3, 2019

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More uncommonly sensible investment guidance from a master of the game. Drawing on his experience at Fidelity's Magellan Fund, a high- profile vehicle he quit at age 46 in 1990 after a spectacularly successful 13-year tenure as managing director, Lynch (One Up on Wall Street, 1988) makes a strong case for common stocks over bonds, CDs, or other forms of debt. In breezy, anecdotal fashion, the author also encourages individuals to go it alone in the market rather than to bank on money managers whose performance seldom justifies their generous compensation. With the caveat that there's as much art as science to picking issues with upside potential, Lynch commends legwork and observation. ``Spending more time at the mall,'' he argues, invariably is a better way to unearth appreciation candidates than relying on technical, timing, or other costly divining services prized by professionals. The author provides detailed briefings on how he researches industries, special situations, and mutual funds. Particularly instructive are his candid discussions of where he went wrong as well as right in his search for undervalued securities. Throughout the genial text, Lynch offers wry, on-target advisories under the rubric of ``Peter's Principles.'' Commenting on the profits that have accrued to those acquiring shares in enterprises privatized by the British government, he notes: ``Whatever the Queen is selling, buy it.'' In praise of corporate parsimony, the author suggests that, ``all else being equal, invest in the company with the fewest photos in the annual report.'' Another bull's-eye for a consummate pro, with appeal for market veterans and rookies alike. (Charts and tabular material— not seen.)

Pub Date: March 1, 1993

ISBN: 0-671-75915-9

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1993

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