If you follow either traditional news sources or social media, you would have heard strikingly different assertions about scientific issues such as climate change.
Is it a "hoax created by the Chinese" or "the most urgent issue confronting the world" today?
The reader can then understand the nature of controversial debates which are related to these issues, and so contribute to the discussion from an informed background.
Instead, scientific understanding advances through experiments, their analyses and theoretical interpretation by many individuals.
This anthropocentric interpretation implies that global warming, sea level rise, ocean acidification and other consequences of our actions affect our planet adversely.
A key component of the book is an extended discussion of actions than can be taken by individuals, through both their energy-related actions and as citizens in their societies' decision-making.