HEAT by ARTHUR HERZOG - FICTION - GLOBAL WARMING - EXCERPTS
HEAT is a fast-paced thriller based on the facts of global warming, a book with special relevance to the continuing failure of industrial society and its political leaders to mandate a substantial reduction in carbon emissions. The government's top environmental scientist receives new data showing that carbon dioxide stored in the ocean waters is suddenly being released, marking a key turning point on the road to an unstoppable climatic catastrophe. Knowing that the release of CO2 from the oceans will immediately exacerbate the greenhouse effect and speed up global warming, the scientist attempts to alert the president, so that a massive last ditch campaign to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from industrial and consumer sources can be started at once. He is thwarted in this effort by two high level administration appointees, who fear that forcing a major change in consumer habits in an election year will lead to defeat at the polls. The bureaucratic coverup and resulting delay in alerting the president threatens to close the small window of opportunity for human intervention to turn the situation around.