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Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earthby Mark Hertsgaard
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A fresh take on climate change by a renowned journalist driven to protect his daughter, your kids, and the next generation wholl inherit the problem For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for outlets including the New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair, and The Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change had already arrived―a century earlier than forecast―with impacts bound to worsen for decades to come. Hertsgaard's daughter Chiara, now five yea rs old, is part of what he has dubbed "Generation Hot"--the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with mounting climate disruption.
HOT is a father's cry against climate change, but most of the book focuses on s olutions, offering a deeply reported blueprint for how all of us―as parents, communities, companies and countries―can navigate this unavoidable new era. Combining reporting from across the nation and around the world with personal reflections on his daugh ters future, Hertsgaard provides "pictures" of what is expected over the next fifty years: Chicagos climate transformed to resemble Houstons; dwindling water supplies and crop yields at home and abroad; the redesign of New York and other cities against mega-storms and sea-level rise. Above all, he shows who is taking wise, creative precautions. For in the end, HOT is a book about how well survive.
"A new father, Hertsgaard (Earth Odyssey) was growing increasingly anxious and despondent about climate change and the world his child would inherit. His new book is his investigation into the techniques that could allow his daughter and her generation 'to survive the challenges ahead.' This readable, passionate book is surprisingly optimistic: Seattle, Chicago, and New York are making long-term, comprehensive plans for flooding and drought. Impoverished farmers in the already drought-stricken African Sahel have discovered how to substantially improve yields and decrease malnutrition by growing trees among their crops, and the technique has spread across the region; Bangladeshis, some of the poorest and most flood-vulnerable yet resilient people on earth, are developing imaginative innovations such as weaving floating gardens from water hyacinth that lift with rising water. Contrasting the Netherland's 200-year flood plans to the New Orleans Katrina disaster, Hertsgaard points out that social structures, even more than technology, will determine success, and persuasively argues that human survival depends on bottom-up, citizen-driven government action. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Mark Hertsgaard is the master of a kind of travelogue reporting that lets you understand possibilities and problems in a deep way. But this time, one of the places he's traveling to is the near future, and the news he brings back is equal parts scary, invigorating, and full of challenge. This is an important book."--Bill McKibben.
Neither political screed nor doomsday vision, How We'll Live is a vital briefing on life during climate change by an expert with a father's concerns.
On a quest to protect the next generation from mounting climate change, renowned journalist Mark Hertsgaard offers a deeply reported blueprint on how to navigate this unavoidable new era.
"Hot bravely takes aim at perhaps the greatest climate threat of all: apathy." — Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation
"Hertsgaards answers . . . are lucid, realistic, and offer reason for hope." — Christian Science Monitor
For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming as a journalist, but the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change was bound to worsen for decades to come. Hertsgaard's daughter is part of what he has dubbed "Generation Hot" — the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with climate disruption. Drawing on reporting from around the world, Hot is a call to action that injects hope and solutions into a debate characterized by doom and gloom and offers a blueprint for how all of us ? parents, communities, countries ? can navigate an unavoidable new era.
"[Hots] urgent message is one that citizens and governments cannot afford to ignore." — Boston Globe
For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for news outlets such as the New Yorker, Time, Vanity Fair, and the Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change had, in fact, already arriveda century earlier than forecastwith impacts bound to worsen for decades to come. Now, Hertsgaard has written a book about how all of usas individuals, communities, companies and countriescan navigate this unsettling new era. Taking Bill McKibbens Eaarth to the next essential step, Hot offers examples of how we might live through the next fifty years on earth. The result is a deeply informed message of hope that will enable parents, young people, and all readers to make the best choices in the years ahead. Combining reporting from across the nation and around the world with reflections on his daughters future, Hertsgaard provides "pictures" of what is expected over the next fifty years: Chicagos climate transformed to resemble Houstons; dwindling water supplies and crop yields at home and abroad; the redesign of New York and other cities against mega-storms and sea-level rise. Above all, he shows who is taking wise, creative precautions. For in the end, Hot is a book about how well survive.
About the Author
MARK HERTSGAARD, described by Barbara Ehrenreich as “one of Americas finest reporters,” has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Time, and is author of four books, including Earth Odyssey. He has traveled the world seeking answers to the question of how to keep humanity alive in the face of global warning. A Soros fellow, he recently attended the Copenhagen Conference, widely considered the most important global meeting in the history of the climate issue.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Growing Up Under Global Warming 1
1. Living Through the Storm 15
2. Three Feet of Water 31
3. My Daughters Earth 47
4. Ask the Climate Question 74
5. The Two-Hundred-Year Plan 107
6. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? 128
7. In Vino Veritas: The Business of Climate Adaptation 159
8. How Will We Feed Ourselves? 177
9. While the Rich Avert Their Eyes 218
10. “This Was a Crime” 247
Epilogue: Chiara in the Year 2020 292
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