Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
In Praise of Carbon: How We’ve Been Misled Into Believing that Carbon Dioxide Causes Climate Change by David Bennett Laing is an informative book that sheds light on carbon dioxide. The book tells readers the lesser known fact that every one of us consists of a little over two-thirds carbon dioxide. Humans have been told that the body consists of two-thirds water, but if all the water is removed the human body has more than sixty-seven percent carbon dioxide. The author makes us understand that it is not necessary to think ill of the substance on which our existence depends, and gives reasons to believe that carbon dioxide is totally ineffective as a means of heating the planet.
I was fascinated by the author’s theoretical analysis and explanation in proving how we have been misled into believing that carbon dioxide actually causes climate change. The liberties he has taken to praise carbon dioxide and our dependence on it with his theories are quite interesting to note. He also points out that the substance we have been maligning for ages is the main reason for our existence. The topic has been handled with interesting explanations and theories that are convincing, and will make readers ponder on the actual effects of carbon dioxide. The diagrams and graphs help readers comprehend the author’s explanation better. The glossary at the end of the book is very helpful to readers to make them understand the meaning of certain words and terms, especially for those without a science background.