- File Size: 1771 KB
- Print Length: 60 pages
- Publisher: Waterfront Digital Press (August 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ET8B0OE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Last Hours of Humanity: Warming the World to Extinction Kindle Edition
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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!
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!!
"The Last Hours of Humanity" is an alarming plea for action to stave off what is essentially a life and death scenario for humanity. Best-selling author and progressive talk-show host, Thom Hartmann provides the public with a clear, succinct and an updated look at the perils of global warming. This disturbing 46-page book includes the following six chapters: 1. The Extinction Threat, 2. The Great Dying...in fast forward, 3. The Methane Overkill, 4. The "Clathrate Gun", 5. Tipping Toward Extinction, and 6. Staving off Extinction.
1. Hartmann is a gifted author. Always engaging and persuasive. He takes scientific consensus and adds elegant prose.
2. An understated hot-topic issue of our time, global warming.
3. Makes solid use of sound science leading to strong persuasive arguments.
4. An interesting look at the Permian Mass Extinction. "The Permian Mass Extinction was initiated by a colossal flow of lava in an area of what is now Siberia. That was the trigger but not the killer. The killer was under the water and under the ice where trillions of tons of greenhouse gases largely derived from carbon and frozen in the form of crystalline methane lay in wait."
5. The formula for extinction clearly stated. "So we now know the formula for extinction. Something happens to increase global temperatures five to six degrees, which triggers a melting of the frozen carbon and methane oceanic reserves that then leads to further global warming devastating life on Earth."
6. Troubling facts. "They found that in the last 5,000 years, the planet cooled about 1.3-degrees (a slow, natural and accountable variation), but in just the geologic eye-blink of the last 100 years it's warmed 1.3 degrees -- an amount and speed which no natural process could explain."
7. Clear comparison between methane and carbon dioxide. "Over a twenty year time period, methane is 105-times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, so it's critical to determine just what exactly is being released in the Arctic."
8. Does a wonderful job of explaining the runaway greenhouse effect.
9. Provides great quotes from leading subject matter experts. This from Michael Mann, "We are literally releasing the carbon dioxide that nature had locked up over a hundred million [years] down below the Earth. And we're releasing all that carbon dioxide now at a rate a million times faster [than it accumulated]. It's the time frame of a century, not 100 million years."
10. Is fair about the tipping point. "The problem with these tipping points is we don't know exactly where they lie. We know that they're out there. But, where we cross those tipping points, we don't know for sure."
11. So how do we stave off extinction? Find out.
12. Puts this important issue in perspective. "It's not economics; it's life and death."
1. Does not take advantage of Kindle's ability to link to endnotes.
2. Too short to be comprehensive.
In summary, this is a very persuasive, succinct essay on the need to stave off extinction. An alarming essay perhaps necessarily so, Hartmann makes a compelling plea for action. It's a succinct book that does a good job of capturing the essence of the issue. A worthwhile essay to read, I recommend it!
Further recommendations: "Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future" by Donald R. Prothero, "Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity" by James Hansen, "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet" by Bill McKibben, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines" by Michael E. Mann, "Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth" by Mark Hertsgaard, "The Republican War on Science" by Chris Mooney, "Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America" by Shawn Lawrence, "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming 1st (first) Edition by Oreskes, Naomi, Conway, Erik M. (2010)" by Naomi Oreskes, "Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort Through the Noise Around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies (FT Press Science)" by Sherry Seethaler, and "Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience" by Kendrick Frazier.