2084: An Oral History of the Great Warming (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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These stories are told in a fashion similar to, "World War Z", with the author interviewing various people from around the world for first-hand accounts of the effects of global warming. Some of these accounts are truly terrifying. People die. Billions of people died. At one point, someone makes an off-hand comment that the current population is 3 billion. The comment is never addressed, but when you realize the population today is 7 billion (and rising), the full effect of the disaster hits you in the gut--hard.
I wish the members of congress would read this book, especially those who claim global warming is a hoax or that God will save the planet. I don't know if these people are just stupid, corrupt, or truly don't believe in climate change. I think the first two are the most likely scenarios. When money is at stake--lots of money--corrupt people do stupid things in their own self-interest. Throughout the world, republicans in the US are pretty much the only ones who don't admit to believing in climate change although the proof is staring them in the face. Unfortunately, they also have a lot of power. If a republican President is elected, we can all kiss the world goodbye.
Our descendants (if any survive) will hate us (as they do in the book) for not doing anything to address this problem. It has been well-known for decades when there was still time for us to do something to stop it. We didn't. And this book may address the consequences of this inaction perfectly. Or it could be worse.
Mr. Powell's command of art and science provides us in the present day with a look at a possible (though not avoidable) future. At the end of "2084," I felt as if I'd gained a more human understanding of global warming, because I can close my eyes now and imagine the many changed landscapes, the many dead and destitute.
We've seen unimagined nightmares in history caused by technology, but with this issue we have had decades of fore warnings and predictions. Do you wonder what would happen across the world if the problem progresses unchecked? Read the book. Do you need a reason to do something about our situation? Read the book! Are you on the fence, or just wanting even more facts and figures? Read the book, then visit the author's website to watch a video providing a nice overview of the science behind global warming:
So you know what to expect from the book, no, this is not a typical science fiction story. "2084" is just what the subtitle suggests, a series of eye-witness testimonies from those who have lived through the Great Warming or are growing up in a world tragically different than the one we enjoy today.
Written in 2010, Here in 2015 we already see the parallel to the books "America First" (Fascist) party coming to power with a promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and to export all of the current Mexican immigrants. (Donald Trump, anyone?). The book goes on to detail the massive spying, police and security machine developed and conjoined with Homeland Security to export all of the Mexicans. And of course that once they were exported it didn't stop there, because the troubles that were blamed on the Mexicans (Unemployment, low pay, etc) didn't go away that they started rounding up 'possible second and third generation immigrants'.
Other elements are also coming true now, also (much sooner that the event dates in the book), about Middle East wars spreading, in part because of lack of resources, and the wave of immigrants moving into Europe as a result.
Fascinating (and terrifying) to read again several years after it's publication.
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