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The Last Hours of Humanity: Warming the World to Extinction [Kindle Edition]

Thom Hartmann
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Humanity, as we know it, is on the verge of extinction.

There’s a common thread to every single mass extinction in our planet’s history. It’s global warming.

From the Permian Mass Extinction 250 million years ago that killed off 95% of all life on Earth to the K/T mass extinction 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs, all were brought about by a sudden warming of the planet. New research shows that once that warming hits a tipping point of 5-6 degrees Celsius, it triggers a cataclysmic melting of sea ice and the release of noxious methane gasses stored deep in the oceans around the world and below the permafrost in the Arctic, which further accelerates the warming of the planet to temperatures unsuitable to life.

This book, The Last Hours of Humanity, goes where far too few researchers have been willing to go, which is addressing global warming not as an economic or political problem, but as a geological problem that threatens the survival of every living thing on the planet, including us humans.

By bringing together climate scientists, geologists, and cutting edge research too often left out of the global warming debate, the Last Hours of Humanity exposes the dangerous future of planet Earth, and what we humans have to do right now to save our species.


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  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Waterfront Digital Press (August 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET8B0OE
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book! December 18, 2013
By Gerry
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Brilliant, clear and convincing. Opposing views exist we know but if Thom Hartmann is right it is chilling to think that the human race could already be on the path to extinction and sooner than we would ever have imagined.

Meanwhile, here in Australia, the newly elected conservative government is determined to repeal the little carbon pricing legislation enacted by the outgoing labour government as they bury their heads in the sand concerning the realities and consequences of man made global warming.

Essential reading for all climate sceptics, especially politicians, in all Countries, me thinks!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Chance for People and Planet December 3, 2013
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Give this brief but carefully documented essay five stars for clearly presenting our common global crisis in urgent and convincing terms. The charts, graphs and references alone are worth the modest price. A few photos may have helped, but did not detract from the impact of this serious little book of valid warning about impending extinction of life as we know it. Key word...methane clathrates
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent wake up call September 7, 2013
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This short essay should be required reading for every political faction that has the power to determine the future. We don't have much time to regroup. But Thom writes not just of the problems, with well documented resources, but offers solutions and "soulutions" if we are to reverse our road to extinction...
As a geological engineer, it's been extremely difficult to watch the world destroyed by "corporatism" and pure hateful, greed! As a baby boomer, for many years I drank the kool aid... but then there was that nagging feeling you get deep in your gut, telling you that it isn't A-Ok. There are few people like Thom willing to tell us to pay attention to all that once was an American dream, has become our worst nightmare! Thom Hartman, has for years championed for those who thought It was only kool aid. A truly insightful, common sense driven man! Also, a writer for all readers. His straight forward, no nonsense approach to get Mankind to Wake Up!!!!
Best yet, while Thom does a fabulous job tearing down or false sense of hope, he always has a viable solution to our dire problems today. If only this book came in a kool aid flavor.
All I can say after reading Thom's works.... Tag! You're it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crying Time January 5, 2014
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There ARE no "adults." There are only children in various shapes, colors and sizes from toddlers to 100+ year-olds. The political, military, banking and corporate weenies are little more than "boys with toys." All of their projected illusions & delusions of "power" and "control" are about to be decimated by the incoming, raging winds of reality. Thom Hartmann is among our brightest. I recognized this and have watched him through the years, when he understood and explained that ADD and ADHD were essentially perpetrated frauds by psychiatrists or what I call..."witchdoctors of the mind." But with regard to our present quagmire of assigning dollar values to clean air, water, food and shelter; unfortunately our illustrious ancestors made too, too, too many deadly mistakes. This led to prematurely and foolishly applied technologies, paving the way for our current Highway to Extinction. FOUR STARS for great presentation, excellent research and salesmanship. But Thom...you are incorrect. We are long past the "point of no return" or what your people call the "tipping point." That cost you ONE STAR. The die is cast, as the Roman would say, as they added another nail in the coffin with the destructive tool of relentless, unforgiving DEBT. Have a nice day (or cry), lol
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear accessible writing about a serious subject. January 30, 2014
By T Moore
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Thom Hartmann is able to distill complex scientific information into an informative and accessible narrative that is impossible to dismiss. After reading this book I learned the tipping point for global warming is much more serious and insidious than I thought. He does a great job of explaining how major climate changes happen gradually, but continually pick up momentum through natural feedback mechanisms until the climate is in a run away heating cycle that could extinguish nearly all the life on earth. I truly admire Thom's dedication and efforts to improve our world, and wish more people would take this subject seriously.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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someone has to try to counter the corporate pigs sucking the planet dry to make more money. global climate change is already leading to extinction, and somehow we think our species will escape that fate. this is quite dramatic and sometimes over the top, but actually based on facts the deniers refuse to accept. maybe this will actually scare some of them, well documented with science references
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Thom is spot on, accurate, careful and deliberate. This may very well be the biggest thing we have ever faced as a species and so far we are not looking like we will survive it. What we should ask ourselves together is whether climate change is going to be our chicxulub?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Larry
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Thom does a good job of explaining what can and will happen if we ignore the problem. It may not happen rapidly but it will not be stoppable.

I recommend "Under a Green Sky" by Peter D. Ward for an explanation of how the Permian extinction was determined to be due to climate change.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!
I bought this for my son-in-law as part of his birthday present. He is very well read in political and environmental issues. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mary Laidler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great whit of reality
Alarming facts about the great dying event that has all ready begun. The world has to wake up or we die...
Published 11 days ago by Casey V Woodsby
3.0 out of 5 stars Who loves the smell of methane in the morning?
Excellent - not too panicky and really good info about methane. It lost a star die to the utter failure to point to the major contributor to the great dying occurring as I write -... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Geoffrey Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Hartmann has done his homework and has a message we can't choose to ignore. It's a quick read that lays on the line just how dire our situation is and why immediate action is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars much needed information!
This information is startling to those of us who've missed it on the nightly news...lol.
Good to know, but the Globalists won't listen, they'd rather just kill 90% of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by babychef2020
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Thom!
Thom Hartmann who has written about various subject from ADD to American politics, gives us another great read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Rauh
5.0 out of 5 stars scientifically proven facts we should all know
It is a very well organized book. Easy to understand; almost free of jargon. We, all human beings, SHOULD know what Hartmann discusses in this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reba
5.0 out of 5 stars Global Warming is real.
This books takes us back in time to tell us about the extinctions and how they happened and that mankind is making the same effect that lead to an extinction with our pollution.
Published 2 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Global Warning and heading toward extinction
This was certainly a scary book, but we have been warned over and over of the perils of global warming and we have probably passed the point of no return. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a Gift
The person I bought this gift for enjoyed it immensely. Thom Hartmann's point of view of our economy and very current overview of our country is ever enlightening, in our... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara J. Bills
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More About the Author

Thom Hartmann is the four-time Project Censored Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of 23 books currently in print in over a dozen languages on five continents.
Hartmann is also an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, an author, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and economics.
The co-founder (with his wife, Louise) and former Executive Director of The New England Salem Children's Village (1978) and The Hunter School (1997), he has led national innovations in the areas of residential treatment for abused children and private/public education for learning-disabled children.
He has helped set up hospitals, famine relief programs, schools, and refugee centers in India, Uganda, Australia, Colombia, Russia, and the United States through the German-based Salem International program. Formerly rostered with the State of Vermont as a psychotherapist, founder of The Michigan Healing Arts Center, and licensed as an NLP Trainer by Richard Bandler (who wrote the foreword to one of Thom's books), he was the originator of the revolutionary "Hunter/Farmer Hypothesis" to understand the psychiatric condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
A guest faculty member at Goddard College in Vermont, he also synthesized the "Younger/Older Culture model" for describing the underpinnings - and possible solutions - to the world's ecological and socio-political crises, suggesting that many of our problems are grounded in cultural "stories" which go back thousands of years.
Leonardo DiCaprio was inspired by Thom's book "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" to make the movie "The 11th Hour" (in which Thom appears), and Warner Brothers is making a movie starring DiCaprio and Robert De Niro from the book Thom co-authored with Lamar Waldron, "Legacy of Secrecy."
Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the 8th most important talk show host in America in 2011, 2012, and 2013 (10th the two previous years), and for three of the past five years the #1 most important progressive host, in their "Heavy Hundred" ranking. His radio show is syndicated on for-profit radio stations nationwide by Dial-Global, on non-profit and community stations nationwide by Pacifica, across the entire North American continent on SiriusXM Satellite radio, on cable systems nationwide by Cable Radio Network (CRN), on its own YouTube channel, via Livestream on its own Livestream channel, via subscription podcasts, worldwide through the US Armed Forces Network, and through the Thom Hartmann App in the App Store. The radio show is also simulcast as TV in realtime into nearly 60 million US and Canadian homes by the Free Speech TV Network on Dish Network, DirectTV, and cable TV systems nationwide.
His evening TV program, The Big Picture, is wholly owned by his own production company, produced in the RT studios, and licensed to and carried by Free Speech TV in the US, and into over 600 million homes in 104 countries via broadcast and cable by the RT TV network, and distributed worldwide on the web on Hulu.
As an entrepreneur, he's founded several successful businesses which still are operating, and lived and worked with his wife, Louise, and their three (now adult) children on several continents.
He was born and grew up in Michigan, and retains strong ties to the Midwest, although he and Louise have lived in New Hampshire, Vermont, Georgia, Germany, and Oregon...and now live on a boat in Washington D.C. with their attack-cat, Higgins.

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