An eye-opening and vital account of the future of our earth and our civilisation if current rates of global warming persist, by the highly acclaimed author of High Tide.Picture yourself a few decades from now, in a world in which average temperatures are three degrees higher than they are now. On the edge of Greenland, rivers ten times the size of the Amazon are gushing off the ice sheet into the north Atlantic. Displaced victims of North Africa's drought establish a new colony on Greenland's southern tip, one of the few inhabitable areas not already crowded with environmental refugees. Vast pumping systems keep the water out of most of Holland, but the residents of Bangladesh and the Nile Delta enjoy no such protection. Meanwhile, in New York, a Category 5-plus superstorm pushes through the narrows between Staten Island and Brooklyn, devastating waterside areas from Long Island to Manhattan. Pakistan, crippled by drought brought on by disappearing Himalayan glaciers, sees 27 million farmers flee to refugee camps in neighbouring India. Its desperate government prepares a last-ditch attempt to increase the flow of the Indus river by bombing half-constructed Indian dams in Kashmir. The Pakistani president authorises the use of nuclear weapons in the case of an Indian military counter-strike. But the biggest story of all comes from South America, where a conflagration of truly epic proportions has begun to consume the AmazonAlien as it all sounds, Mark Lynas's incredible new book is not science-fiction; nor is it sensationalist. The six degrees of the title refer to the terrifying possibility that average temperatures will rise by up to six degrees within the next hundred years. This is the first time we have had a reliable picture of how the collapse of our civilisation will unfold unless urgent action is taken.Most vitally, Lynas's book serves to highlight the fact that the world of 2100 doesn't have to be one of horror and chaos. With a little foresight, some intelligent strategic planning, and a reasonable dose of good luck, we can at least halt the catastrophic trend into which we have fallen. But the time to act is now....
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Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet Reviews
I saw this book when it first came out in 2008 and deliberately did not pick it up. But’s it’s not exactly as if I have been in denial. I’m a long-term environmental activist. As a young man in the sixties I read Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. I was there for the first Earth Day, when it appeared we all began to realize we were killing the planet. I’ve long been a reader and (sometimes) supporter of various ecoterrorist/environmental acts and movements. I k ...more
Read this on my step-father's request. I think he might have been trying to get me to shit my pants.
This is, roughly, one part robust scientific journalism and one part ecological-apocalypse-torture-porn. Working from several decades worth of scientific inquiry into both our current climate situation and periods of vast geologic/climactic upheaval, Lynas gives us a best guess global picture of what happens as the temperature rises, degree by degree, from one (sucky) to six (extinction of most pl ...more
I read this book summarised in the Sunday Times when it was published in 2007 and have now read the full horror story. Lynas is a journalist who has lived on a few different continents and now lives in UK, so he is better at communicating the science than many pure scientists. He collected the papers and charts about what would progress if the world warmed as it was set to do, and presented the evidence of the effects per each degree upwards. He largely succeeds in being unbiased, except to add ...more
Wish I read this earlier..
Except for the fact that it will make you want to kill yourself, recommended.
"Six Degrees" isn't anything special. If you are a climate change denier, it is doubtful that the book will cause you to see the truth (people are too set in their beliefs for a single book to change them drastically). If you acknowledge the reality of climate change, you probably already know what's coming. It may inspire those who are unaware of the effects of climate change or those who acknowledge climate change to do more to combat it, but that is its maximum potential impact.
The six chapt ...more
Six degrees: Our future on a Hotter Planet is a challenging and confronting read. The author [Mark Lynas] has researched current scientific peer reviewed literature and presented it in a popular science format looking at the future of our planet at various temperature levels above pre-industrial. The style is quite readable, tending to move from one case study to another, the reason I say it is challenging is because of what it contains. Climate scientists have been telling governments about cli ...more
Get out your wet weather gear, your fire-fighting pumps and your sunscreen. Times are changing. Also, methane plumes have just been found in the Arctic, each of them kilometers wide. Tipping points are kicking in. Damn all those stupid politicians and mining magnates like Gina Bloody Reinhart for being recalcitrant tossers, who really don't give a damn, unless they can get votes or make a quick buck.