Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge, by Jeffrey Simpson, Mark Jaccard and Nik Rivers, McClelland & Stewart, 280 pp, $29.99. Book’s blurb: “Take Jeffrey Simpson, renowned political expert, and writer of clear prose aimed at the intelligent reader. Add Mark Jaccard, prize-winning author of academic books, and Simon Fraser University’s famed climate change guru. Add tireless SFU researcher Nic Rivers, a leading policy analyst and writer with special graph-creating skills. Mix well together, season with a dash of outrage, then add the SIMS secret ingredient, shake up and place in a warming country till done. Slice into chapters and serve. The result is a book that explains what is happening here in Canada. Equally important, it explains what is not happening, and why–with politicians, business leaders, and even environmentalists taking their share of the blame. Even more important, it demonstrates what needs to happen, and precisely how to bring it about. Readers who have long forgotten their high school science classes will be grateful to have this complex subject laid out so simply and clearly, chapter by chapter. And the SIMS planned simulation system–developed by Mark Jaccard but used around the world–shows us exactly what our options are.”
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