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Train Wreck Earth featured in Appalachian Today

March 8, 2018

We are thrilled to share an amazing article about our book in Appalachian Today, an online publication of Appalachian State University. We hope that If you're concerned about climate change and protecting the environment, you'll share this article with your friends. Here it is in entirety:

 

Posted March 5, 2018 at 4:14 p.m.

 

BOONE, N.C. — If Mother Earth has a common enemy, who or what is it? Pollution? Nuclear war? An extraterrestrial species? The correct answer, according to Train Wreck Earth, the new novel by Dr. Harvard G. Ayers, professor emeritus in Appalachian State University’s Department of Anthropology, and David Harman, a retired North Carolina certified public accountant, is climate change.

 

The book, which was self-published by Ayers and Harman in October 2017, explains why climate change is affecting the earth and how to solve what the pair terms as “climate chaos.”

 

The book, set in novel format but filled with scientific information presented in a “classroom” setting, offers the latest research and legislation affecting our climate, as well as viewpoints from prominent climate activists and scientists, including Dr. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State and director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center; Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, scholar in residence in environmental studies at Middlebury College and author of “The End of Nature”; and Dr. Robert Howarth, professor of ecology and environmental biology in Cornell University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

 

in the book’s forward, Jane Kleeb, founder of political advocacy group Bold Nebraska, states, “Anyone who would like to get a full-fledged explanation of the only existential crisis facing the Earth (nuclear war may be an exception) from two very capable science writers and seven climate experts would do well to give Train Wreck Earth a go. The novel-ish qualities of the frame story and the development of the fictional characters in the book make it like no other about such a heavy scientific subject that I could honestly call a page turner.”

 

“Until we wrote Train Wreck Earth,” Harman, co-owner of Harman-Maulden Designs Inc., said, “no one had presented this complex phenomenon in terms that non-science readers could understand. We found a way to tell this story clearly, explaining the settled, proven science in the context of a fictional setting with a compelling morality tale, which will motivate the reader to pursue to the last page of the last chapter. The reader will then clearly understand why taking action now is urgent.”

 

Train Wreck Earth: A Scientific Novel about The Climate Emergency and A Path to Solve It

By David H. Harman and Dr. Harvard G. Ayers 2017

 

Train Wreck Earth — the settled science of climate change taught in the classroom you only dreamed of by two clear-talking professors whose private lives are dedicated to the climate change fight in the most unexpected way. This book is a scientific novel. You'll love the setting for learning actual science.

 

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