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Global Warming Navigation: Through the Fog Toward Our Safe Harbor is a non-fiction essay on the environment written by Edward T. Prell. Prell is a retired engineer who decided a year ago to investigate what he calls the disconnect between the global warming crisis and its possible solutions. He begins with a list of definitions of terms that are essential for an understanding of the situation, including the terms 'Global Warming', 'Climate Change', 'Zero-emission energy', 'Greenhouse Gases' and 'Geoengineering'. Prell surveyed public opinion polls and found, along with the expected political polarity, an alarming lessening of concern among those polled over the last few decades on the topic of climate change, and found other pressing social issues had often taken precedence in the public's mind. He discusses the historical, present and future impacts of the need for energy, and shows how public policy is affected by the demand for accessible energy and the political clout of the traditional fossil fuel suppliers. He surveys alternative energy sources and emerging technology and warns against the use of geoengineering to allow the fossil fuel industry to continue unchecked. Prell includes an extensive list of resources and citations.
Edward T. Prell's non-fiction environmental essay, Global Warming Navigation: Through the Fog Toward Our Safe Harbor, presents the problem and issues surrounding the most serious crisis the planet has ever faced in a non-partisan and accessible format. His discussion is couched in language that can easily be understood by an attentive layperson-reader, and the effort is well worth it. While I was well aware that global warming is real and a clear and present danger, I found the author's presentation of the facts to be of inestimable value in heightening my generalized awareness and showing me how I can gain more knowledge and insight into the situation. I'm especially impressed with the author's end notes, which seem a perfect step forward for continuing my own personal studies into alternative energy sources. Global Warming Navigation: Through the Fog Toward Our Safe Harbor is most highly recommended.