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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0997135328
- Publisher: Job One for Humanity (F.A.C.T.net) (April 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2017
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- Language: English
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The plain truth is (and the evidence is for this is overwhelming): it’s getting hotter and we humans are causing a significant amount of the heat. The worst case scenario is a runaway greenhouse effect with Venus as the hellish case in point.
I recommend that the reader get the Kindle edition (or both) because you will need to jump back and forth and use the search function. It will take a while to grasp the depth and intricacies of Wollersheim’s message because a lot of it is abstract and technical.
Wollersheim uses “tipping points” to express stations along the way to the extinction level. He uses this comparison: “As an example of a sudden and significant change, imagine a wine glass tipping over and going from the state of being full to empty. After the wine glass tipping point has been passed, a transition to a new state quickly occurs.”
In other words, at one tipping point the planet will get so hot than humans live only near Antarctica or the arctic. An earlier tipping point might be the desertification of the southwestern states of America. A key point is that there are points of no return that occur before the tipping point. The problem is we may not be able to identify them before they happen. It is my belief that it is entirely possible we have reached a point of no return in a practical sense. We may realize some fairly short time from now that the rate of global warming is accelerating and that we have only draconian measures to combat the heat. Such measures may have horrific unintended consequences or may not work at all.
People who believe that when it really gets bad, science and technology will come to our rescue are Pollyannaish. They are also stupid in the extreme. You don’t bet everything on an imagined fix.
Two of the most salient points that Wollersheim makes are:
(1) “Once carbon reaches the atmosphere, 75% of that carbon will not disappear for thousands of years. The other 25% stays forever. This means that we will be living with radically higher average global temperature ranges for a long, long time even after we finally get serious about ending the global warming emergency.”
(2) “Even though methane lasts (3 years to decades) in the atmosphere and far less time than carbon, methane is 20 to 100 times more potent than carbon in producing increased heat by way of the greenhouse gas effect.” Some significant sources of methane include “fracking, methane leaks, melting permafrost, and big agribusiness.”
How much and how fast methane gets into the atmosphere is one of the “wild cards” that Wollersheim believes can alter predictions drastically and hasten in “climageddon.”
The neologism reminds me of Bob Dylan’s lyrical question on another subject: “Is this Lincoln County Road or Armageddon?” To the fossil fuel companies, to the know-nothings in congress bought by the fossil fuel companies, the specter of the fire next time is just a hot dusty day on Lincoln Country Road that will pass. Go home. Shut the door. Turn on the AC, kick back and watch Fox News.
Wollersheim believes we have wasted 30 years of warnings about global warming. He writes: “Despite being the world's most recognized authority on global warming, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) has consistently understated the intensity and timeframes of global warming, as well as the danger that it represents.” (Location 2630) He adds:
“The greatest loss caused by IPCC’s underestimation problem is that it quells, if not removes, the appropriate sense of urgency essential to motivating the world to deal with the escalating global warming emergency’s present and future threats.”
Wollersheim explores the science, the information and the ideas in an excruciatingly detailed fashion, which brings me to what I really want to say about this book. Simply put the book is too long and too repetitious and especially too detailed. This is a book for reference, to refer to for clarification and augmentation of ideas. It is not a book that very many people are going to read from beginning to end.
What we need now is a shorter, condensed version, perhaps one third the size focused sharply on what is going on with a minimum of repetition. No chapter overviews and no chapter summaries.
Incidentally, Wollersheim’s warning near the beginning of the book that it is “not recommended” for children under the age of 15 “due to its serious nature” is specious. I think the opposite is true. Due to the serious threat that global warming poses, I think anyone old enough to understand the concept of global warming should know as much about it as is practical. After all, it is their future that is being threatened.
--Dennis Littrell, author of “The World Is Not as We Think It Is”
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Climageddon distils a massive amount of research to take a much more realistic view of the climate predicament that we are in than most mainstream commentators. It is the proverbial "cold shower" that all of our policy makers, and all citizens desperately need. A good encyclopedia for those wanting to get a real take on the situation that we are in.
I would have given it more stars, but the text cries out for a good editor to reduce the size of the work and better focus it - perhaps a "Climageddon The Condensed Version"? By page 200 it felt too much like slogging through more facts rather than an engaging text. Also, some of the scenarios proposed, especially the temperature rise for the next couple of decades is overly pessimistic (and I am most definitely in the pessimist camp!).