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High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis Paperback – June 1, 2004
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But Lynas, like many environmental activists, falls flat on his solutions. For example, he says that because burning any more oil will worsen warming, "there should be a worldwide halt to the exploration and development of new oil, coal and gas reserves, because even existing reserves should never be burned as fuel." In his fear of warming, Lynas doesn't consider the immediate human suffering that such a rash course would create. It seems like he doesn't know--or doesn't care--how much our society relies on oil, not only for 90% of our transportation but for much of our food, pharmaecuticals, and other life-critical applications. For civilization to continue, we need a gradual, orderly draw-down from fossil fuels, not a crashing halt.
It might comfort Lynas to know that we'll have to get off oil anyway even without global warming, because cheap oil is fast running out. Those remaining reserves will be so much more difficult and expensive to pump than our oil today that we'll never even have a chance to use them up. And just as supply peaks, there's rising demand from China and India. $10 a gallon gas will get us off oil more quickly than fear of warming. But then our society will face other problems--including potential political collapse--that will make it all the more difficult to deal with warming.Read more ›
Once you have become thoroughly depressed by reading the state of the world in "High Tide", by all means obtain a copy of "Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming" by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn. That book gives an outlook on all of the alternative means of producing energy that have a zero or low carbon footprint. Good Reading.
While the scientists debate the temperature rise rate or the intensity of this or that storm, around the planet people are living through the conditions of warming climate. Tuvalu residents, on their miniscule island chain in mid-Pacific, are watching the land wash away. It isn't just that melting ice caps are raising sea levels and ruining crops. There are more frequent and more devastating storms occuring. In China, land is also moving, but the reason is the opposite - the rains have ceased and the land is dried and blowing away in fierce desert winds. The account of a lone woman, the last survivor of a village overwhelmed by drought, is more poignant [to me] than anything found in fiction. And the number of such stories is growing.
If a most gripping part of this book must be chosen, it is Lynas' tour of Peru and the Cordillera Blanca glaciers. His father, a geologist, had visited the area three decades before, camera in hand. Huge glaciers, akin to frozen waterfalls, fill the images. With those photos in his knapsack, Lynas trudges up the slopes, racked by Alititude Sickness, to record any changes.Read more ›
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This was an interesting read--a little behind the times--but still applicable today. I rec'd an A on my report on this subject!!! Apparently I chose wisely!Published on January 30, 2007 by Minnie Mouse
One of the best things I enjoyed about reading HIGH TIDE, I believe, was a remark author Mark Lynas made somewhere towards the end of this book. Read morePublished on November 1, 2006 by Adam Daniel Mezei
Mark Lynas is a person who has no idea about nature, science, and technology. But he has received a lot of money to travel. Read morePublished on November 24, 2005 by Lubos Motl
It's hard to know where to start to demolish this shaky structure! Perhaps the foundation? The plain truth is that there is no global warming evident during the past 100 years when... Read morePublished on May 16, 2005 by Amazon Customer
Two reviews below assert that glaciers are expanding. This is false. It is a myth spread by global warming denialists. Read morePublished on May 12, 2005 by Craig Duncan
At last a book that gets beyond the scientific jargon, and focuses on the initial victims of climate change around the world: from Tuvaluans having to vacate their sinking island... Read morePublished on October 25, 2004 by Lynn Vincentnathan
We live in a time of endless urgencies and endless busy-ness.
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