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Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet Paperback – October 7, 2008
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Adult/High School—Lynas has gathered global-warming information from an array of authoritative scientists: geologists, glaciologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, and paleoclimatologists, as well as "major scientific projections" from computer modelers. He divides his findings into six main chapters representing the consequences of a one- to six-degree shift in temperature rise. More factual than hysterical and using accessible language, the author portrays a sobering, but broad and fascinating, view of the problem. He discusses not only the environmental consequences of melting icecaps, ocean warming, coral reef bleaching, CO2 emissions, deforestation, and severe weather, but also cultural and economic reverberations-the result of population shifts, animal migrations, and societal collapse. Through computer-modeling simulations he looks back into the past (the Pliocene, the Mayan civilization) and projects into the future for CO2 comparisons. His premise: the problem is now at global scale and will not just impact the disappearance of one group alone as it did the Maya. Claiming that solutions must be political, and that it is too late for quick fixes using renewable energy sources or technology, he concludes with some cautionary possible solutions: relocalization of goods and services, less consumption, global-scale carbon rationing, and a "2 degree increase target." Anyone studying climate change will find this a helpful reference as much current research has been precompiled and interpreted within one resource.—Jodi Mitchell, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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`Scientists predict that global temperatures will rise by between one and six degrees over the course of this century and Mark Lynas paints a chilling, degree-by-degree picture of the devastation likely to ensue unless we act now..."Six Degrees" is a rousing and vivid plea to choose a different future.' Daily Mail`The saga of how, in the world as imagined by thousands of computer-modelling studies, global warming kicks in degree by degree. "Six Degrees", I tell you now, is terrifying.' Sunday Times`Brilliant and higly readable.' Sunday Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It is an alarming overview of what lies in store for us collectively as we continue to live unsustainable lifestyles.
I felt like a patient who had been given a cancer diagnosis if I did not change my lifestyle.
Buy it for your friends or anyone you care about.
A very powerful and awakening read!!
I also recommend the DVD National geographic made to accompany this book. Same title.
A visual masterpiece that really shows the collaborative efforts of Nasa, NOAA, and scientists around the world attempting to address this issue of climate change.
Between the book and the DVD, you come to realize the challenges ahead; adding to your awareness and understanding of this global game changer.
It is reasonable to be concerned that if we change our planet's temperature it will respond very much like it did in the past. "Six Degrees" will make you understand why a mere degree or two difference in average global temperature is a very big problem, for all of us, for every living thing.