Climate Shock

By Gernot Wagner, Martin L. Weitzman,

Book cover of Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet

Book description

If you had a 10 percent chance of having a fatal car accident, you'd take necessary precautions. If your finances had a 10 percent chance of suffering a severe loss, you'd reevaluate your assets. So if we know the world is warming and there's a 10 percent chance this might…

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1 author picked Climate Shock as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This book provides a nice introduction to the science and economics of climate change. It explains, in easy-to-understand terms, the nature of the uncertainty regarding what we might expect, and it emphasizes the possibility of an extreme climate outcome. Given that possibility, it explains the importance of “radical” forms of adaptation, an example of which is geoengineering. And the book is short enough to be read in one sitting. 

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