Earth Under Fire is chosen one of Vanity Fair's "50 environmental books and DVDs to set you straight, from Darwin to Gore."
"This is a dramatically illustrated and fastidiously annotated survey of how climate change is altering the global ecosystem-from melting glaciers to animal migrations, to droughts-not to mention how it is affecting cities and societies. Photographer Gary Braasch, an Ansel Adams Award winner, and writer Bill McKibben (author of numerous books, including End of Nature and Deep Economy) go beyond the data of leading climate scientists and attempt to leverage information in the service of education. This may be the most deeply researched photo book of all time."
--Adam Spangler, Editor, Vanity Fair Green Guide
Review by United Nations scientist Martin Parry in Nature Reports: Climate Change, March 2008
A novel view of a warming world
In the growing clamour over global warming, eye-witness accounts of a changing world stand out.
Gary Braasch was featured on The Weather Channel in March 2008, with comments by their climate expert Heidi Cullen: "This book really brings it home. It takes you to the front lines of global warming..."
Congressional Record, August 4, 2007 (House):
"Earth Under Fire" -- Beautifully photographed and written
book by Gary Braasch -- recommended on Ross Gelbspan's site http://www.theheatisonline.org
"The pictures are truly eye-opening, especially the 150 year old
images re-photographed, showing the alpine glaciers wasting away and
the effects on communities and species. Looking at the changes already
underway paints a staggering picture ... we may not truly believe what
we've done to the planet until we actually see the results for ourselves."
"Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World, by
Gary Braasch (University of California Press), is the best book on global
warming I've read this year. Braasch is an intrepid and accomplished
photographer who has spent years traveling to all parts of the world
to document, in stunning images and well-researched accompanying text,
how global warming is changing our planet NOW. Even global warming experts
can learn from this book, but it's perfect for newcomers to the topic
"It all adds up to a clearheaded, comprehensive look at the state
of the science, and the planet. Braasch has also been on the job long
enough to witness change himself: his pair of quietly shocking photographs
of a house on Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, taken five years apart,
dramatize the effects of the cape's eroding shoreline. Perhaps journalists
from another decade, or another generation, will revisit these images;
Earth under Fire may be not simply a book, but a benchmark."
" ...his pictures strikingly portray a transforming world and fix
you with the truth about the effects of our energy habits. ... He presents
the photographic evidence and provides a thoughtfully written counterpoint
with discussions of the social, political and economic activities that
cause environmental probems, ending on a call for mankind to recognize
its responsibility and its duty to change itself, rather than the planet."
"We need constant reminders of global warming. EARTH UNDER FIRE,
by photographer-writer Gary Braasch, is a vivid and frightening one,
but a positive rallying cry."
"What surprised me about this book was not its rich photographic
element, I was already familiar with the stunning landscape and wildlife
imagery by Ansel Adams Award-winning photojournalist, Gary Braasch. No.
What caught me more off balance was the depth of his research and reporting.
-- Warren McLaren in Treehugger, 14 January 2008
"... a dense and ferociously comprehensive work."