Our Future on A Hotter PlanetBook - 2008
An unflinching study of the impact of global warming on Earth's climate and what it means for human life in every region of the world, from the destruction of coral reefs and mountain glaciers to the collapse of the Amazon rainforest and the rise of deserts in the U.S., reveals what we must do now to prevent environmental catastrophe. 20,000 first printing.
British journalist and environmental activist Lynas has written two previous books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles on environmental issues, and is a well-known public speaker on the subject of climate change. As a resident of Oxfordshire, he experienced firsthand England's devastating floods of 2007, attributed by many to global warming. In his latest text, he draws on the full range of state-of-the-art research and sophisticated computer models to create a degree-by-degree picture of the planet's future as a result of global warming, based on estimates ranging from one to six degrees of temperature increase. In a concluding chapter he discusses the brief window of opportunity remaining for humans to make the necessary changes to be able to manage climate change effectively. Academic but accessible to the general reader. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore's best-selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan's Boiling Point will turn to next. Written by the acclaimed author of High Tide, this highly relevant and compelling book uses accessible journalistic prose to distill what environmental scientists portend about the consequences of human pollution for the next hundred years.
In 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report projecting average global surface temperatures to rise between 1.4 degrees and 5.8 degrees Celsius (roughly 2 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century. Based on this forecast, author Mark Lynas outlines what to expect from a warming world, degree by degree. At 1 degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be lost. A 3-degree rise would spell the collapse of the Amazon rainforest, disappearance of Greenland's ice sheet, and the creation of deserts across the Midwestern United States and southern Africa. A 6-degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity.
Based on authoritative scientific articles, the latest computer models, and information about past warm events in Earth history, Six Degrees promises to be an eye-opening warning that humanity will ignore at its peril.
Features a degree-by-degree account of how the effects of global climate change will impact people, the environment, and natural species in every region of the world, and offers recommendations on what can be done to manage the problem.
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