'Science Guy' Bill Nye tackles climate change in new book

AP News
|
Posted: Nov 09, 2015 11:14 AM

"Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World" (St. Martin's Press,) by Bill Nye

The science is clear and the warnings are dire: Man-made climate change is happening and will adversely affect human life on this planet.

Both the effects of climate change and the political obfuscation stalling meaningful education and action to create a better future can seem insurmountable.

But in "Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World," author Bill Nye — yes, former host of the television series "Bill Nye the Science Guy" — sees relentless human ingenuity as reason to hope.

It's the second book from the engineer-turned-popular science educator; his first, "Undeniable," proved his likeability and knack for explaining evolutionary science and its application to our lives.

Back with a bow tie and enthusiasm that vaults off the page, Nye explains the basics of climate science without making "Unstoppable" feel like a textbook. It's more of a call to arms — an enlisting of the Next Great Generation before we're all drafted into a mismanaged fight.

Nye spends most of his book laying out the pros and cons of various technological improvements that homeowners could try to improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. He does the same thing that he used to do on his TV show — he encourages you to try it out, just to see what happens. It's a pure science experiment, and if it doesn't work, try something else!

He also makes a case for reconsidering nuclear power and genetically modified crops. Look at everything that technology and experimentation have improved for humans, Nye says. Why stop now, why be afraid, facing climate change?

If any of Nye's formers viewers or more recent fans have somehow lost their enthusiasm for asking questions and brainstorming, "Unstoppable" will get them back on track.