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The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 29, 2010
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“NASA astrobiologist [Peter] Ward describes the disastrous changes that can be expected as sea levels continue their accelerating rise due to global warming… a blunt, vivid warning.”
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25% of CO2 released by humans stays in the atmosphere for over 50,000 years, longer than the half-life of radiation. It's a permanent gift to the future and how it impacts sea level rise is significant - actions today will impact the future for a very long time. Oceans are currently rising 2mm a year, this is well documented. About 10,000 years ago they were rising at 2 inches per year, or 16 feet a century - again, well documented and not debated. The earth is very capable of doing it again.Read more ›
Ward brings to the table substantial scientific background and using earth's & humanity's history to illuminate the risks we face from rising seas in a warming world.
For those already concerned about climate change, reading Ward will heighten that concern. For those unconcerned, The Flooded Earth should change that position. And, for those unconcerned about learning from science and scientists, this isn't the book for you.
A very nice summary of our problems and some projections for the future.
A couple of things to remember though:
- Some of his projections are already out of date. This happens for all scientists nowadays, the earth is changing faster than predicted. For example, he expects 420ppm CO2 by 2030 when in reality it's more like 2020 (we are at 400ppm today and it increases about 3ppm every year, more in El Nino years).
- Expect the usual hopium about doing something. If you accept you cannot defeat entropy, what makes you think you can defeat human nature? Preparation yes, denial no.
What I found most interesting about Ward's book (and perhaps most compelling, for many readers)are the dramatic fictionalizations of the impacts of greenhouse gases that appear at the beginning of each chapter. Chapter One opens in the drowning city of Miami, in 2120, with CO2 at 800 ppm--and Miami joining New Orleans and Galveston as abandoned cities. Chapter Three beings in Tunisia in 2060 CE, with carbon dioxide at 500 ppm--and features (I suspect) Ward himself, by this time an "old geologist" who studies evidence of mass extinctions. Food for the still-rising population is scarce, transportation fuel is not available for personal use, and the study of the past is a luxury that society can no longer afford.Read more ›
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This book spell outs the consequences and costs of doing nothing to combat climate change. It should be used as a text for all students,Published 7 months ago by James A. Oconnell
He ignores the position of the continents. Right now, with a large land mass at the southern pole, and an enclosed ocean at the north, is far different from the previous... Read morePublished 17 months ago by David L.
still reading the book but so far its really interesting.I sometimes wonder if the deniers of human made global warming are saying they don't trust the science when really its... Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by sal9000
It is a great highlight of impacts we are going to face regarding climate change. It gives important tipping points that are warning signs of big ocean level increases.Published on March 16, 2014 by Mark O'Connor
This book is well written and draws on many climate studies resulting in a clear and non-technical explanation of what we can expect over the next century and beyond in terms of... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by instructor in NM
Good book. Excellent, well-researched material. Read very easily.
Poor quality of the paper, but tolerable.
I will wait for further books by this author.
This is another informative, well constructed picture of planet Earth from Dr. Ward. I gave three away to family and friends who are enjoying the read as well. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Doc Wallin
Took an inordinately long time for it to appear in paperback; shame on the publisher. Global warning, ice melt. Convinces me that catastrophe coming and inescapable.Published on December 10, 2012 by ollb