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Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

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Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore's best-selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan's Boiling Point will turn to next. Written by the acclaimed author of High Tide, this highly relevant and compelling book uses accessible journalistic prose to distill what environmental scientists portend about the consequences of human pollution for the next hundred years.

In 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report projecting average global surface temperatures to rise between 1.4 degrees and 5.8 degrees Celsius (roughly 2 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century. Based on this forecast, author Mark Lynas outlines what to expect from a warming world, degree by degree. At 1 degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be lost. A 3-degree rise would spell the collapse of the Amazon rainforest, disappearance of Greenland's ice sheet, and the creation of deserts across the Midwestern United States and southern Africa. A 6-degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity.

Based on authoritative scientific articles, the latest computer models, and information about past warm events in Earth history, Six Degrees promises to be an eye-opening warning that humanity will ignore at its peril.

Book News Annotation:

British journalist and environmental activist Lynas has written two previous books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles on environmental issues, and is a well-known public speaker on the subject of climate change. As a resident of Oxfordshire, he experienced firsthand England's devastating floods of 2007, attributed by many to global warming. In his latest text, he draws on the full range of state-of-the-art research and sophisticated computer models to create a degree-by-degree picture of the planet's future as a result of global warming, based on estimates ranging from one to six degrees of temperature increase. In a concluding chapter he discusses the brief window of opportunity remaining for humans to make the necessary changes to be able to manage climate change effectively. Academic but accessible to the general reader. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Mark Lynas, a journalist, campaigner, and broadcast commentator on environmental issues, is the author of High Tide: News from a Warming World. He is a contributor to periodicals including New Statesman, Ecologist, Granta, and Geographical, and to the Guardian and Observer newspapers in the United Kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781426202131
Author:
Lynas, Mark
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Human beings
Subject:
Climatic changes
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Global warming -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
Human beings -- Effect of climate on.
Subject:
Global warming
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.06x6.42x1.07 in. 1.37 lbs.

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