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Preview — Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
Did I say terminal illness? That's a bad metaphor, since disease seems sort of just to passively happen; also, we tend to think of illness as some ...more
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
What Lynas has provided here is a comprehensive summary of international research on climate change and carbon emissions from a variety of perspectives and methodologies. The result is a harrowing projection of the kinds of shifts in ecosystems around the world - water tables, weather patterns, food production, biodiversity, ocean acidity - that are likely t ...more
This is an superb book for anyone interested in global warming, which should include all who inhabit this planet. It paints a picture of what happens to the Earth at each step as it warms up by one additional degree Celsius, all the way up to six degrees above today's temperature. Needless to say, things get very ugly by the time we get to three degrees, let alone six. The latter translates to another mass extinction. Which, come to think of it, we're already going through.
This is not the cheeri ...more
Lynas poured over journal articles and research papers, and then decided to organize the information according to degrees of warming. So there's a chapter dedicated to causes and effects of the warming of one degree Celsius, and then a chapter a ...more
It lays out in detail what each degree of global warming will entail (the current expected range of warming is somewhere between 1.5 and now possibly up to 8 degrees Celsius), and how that will affect life on Earth. We are already locked into experiencing the first chapter, which is the likely return of the American Great Plains to desert. Each successive chapter just gets worse, and describes positive feedback systems which will make thin ...more
One point the author makes is that we simply don't know what to expect from all of this melting and heating up, things could rock and roll right away, a lo ...more
Lynas dedicates a chapter of his book to each of these degrees, describing the consequenc ...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.
Bottom line: i ...more
The book describes what would happen to the Earth as the average surface temperature increases, degree by degree (Celsisus.) Each degree presents a new list of h ...more
Everyone should read this book. Why is this information not being yelled from the housetops and part of every politician's speech?
The scientists so far have done a poor job of explaining to the rest of us what climate change means. Al Gore's film The Inconvenient Truth also fell short. This aut ...more
Organised degree by degree, this book uses research from climate modelling and, more telling, what's happened in the past ...more
This book is an attempt to synthesise in a popular science format a load of academic studies and literatures about what will happen to the world if the temperature rises, degree by degree. The range, 1-6 degrees is in line with the IPCC's range of prediction.
The format is a bit problematic, to my mind, though I'm not sure how it could be done better. It's organised as a series of short essays on particular case studies - for example, wildlife in Australian rainforests, the Colorado river basin,...more
I like that this book moves pretty quickly, though I would have liked to see more detail on some topics, I understand that this book was not written for me. It was writte ...more
For the most part the book was very well written in layman t ...more
The science is explained, the consequences described, and he tries to be thorough and no more alarmist than the changes themselves. I think he felt he needed to give a little hope a ...more