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Zes graden: Onze toekomst op een warmere planeet

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Deze graad-voor-graad-gids beschrijft de gevolgen van de opwarming bij 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 en 6C. Mark Lynas zet als eerste alle wetenschappelijke scenario's op een rij.
Wat moeten we ons voorstellen bij een warmer klimaat? Al bij 1C teisteren orkanen de Midellandse Zee. Voorbij de 2C wordt de opwarming onomkeerbaar. Bij 3C verbrandt het Amazonegebied. Daarna barst methaan uit de
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 2008 by Jan van Arkel (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sep 11, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every member of an industrialized nation, especially politicians and the captains of industry
Recommended to Jessica by: caitlin
Reading this book was like meeting someone, falling madly in love, and finding out she's got a terminal illness, all in the space of twenty minutes. It's been a decade since I've thought about Science, and not being much of a nature girl I forgot how mindblowingly amazing and complex the Earth is. The best parts of this book really reminded me of that.

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
Paul Bryant
Jul 21, 2011 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
The subject of this book is the fast approaching Global Fry-Up. Oh, I hear you cry, spare me another jeremiad about this boring topic! Yes – I’m with you. It is horribly tiresome. Okay, every time you turn on the news you get death, financial crisis, war, ghastliness. The news is always bad except for the last little bit of amusing oddness they throw in to stop you hanging yourself from your wardrobe door. Let's add to that the general feeling that many people have as they get older that everyth ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Antonomasia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Antonomasia by: Ted
Shelves: decade-2000s, scribd, 2016
Why is climate change not the biggest issue for the loudest group of protestors in the West these days? I'm starting to wonder. Why do student firebrands (who are usually middle class and comfortable, often protesting about things that don't directly affect them) mostly treat it as a secondary issue, some way further down the list than their main concerns? Why are SJWs SJWs and not CJWs? What if we'd had as much progress in legislation and in attitude change among the media in the last five year ...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
Lara Messersmith-Glavin
This text should be required reading for participation in the planetary exchange of resources; i.e. breathing, drinking, eating, excreting.

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
Oct 27, 2013 Margie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margie by: David Archer via Coursera
While finishing this up I started reading Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. It made me appreciate the extent to which Mark Lynas does not take a particular side or cause in his exploration of global warming.

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
Dec 12, 2008 Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
D.J. Cockburn
Dec 14, 2015 D.J. Cockburn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most frightening book I've ever read. I mean that as a resounding endorsement.

Six Degrees summarises the likely consequences of global warming into a form that an interested layman like me can digest without being overwhelmed. The evidence that global warming is being driven by carbon dioxide from fossil fuels is straightforward and incontrovertible. I haven't doubted that since I first saw the famous 'hockey stick' graph, showing how global temperatures have been shooting up since t
John Gordon
Oct 13, 2013 John Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
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
25th book for 2016.

I am in awe at the amount of studies Lynas must have read to come up with this very detailed and accessible summary of the climate change literature (up to 2007) detailing step by step the changes to the Earth as it slowly heats up degree by degree.

I knew that a 2-3 degree C increase was bad, but I really had no idea how terrible it really was before reading this book. No more Amazon rainforest, no more coral reefs, mass flooding of cities, starvation of millions, loss of mu
Rhys Thomas
Oct 16, 2010 Rhys Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read many climate change books and this is up there with the best. I initially distrusted the book because it was written by a journalist and not a scientist but it soon becomes clear that this is far more a science book than a ranting journo. The author skilfully draws together his research into a terrifying format of a world affected by first one, then two, then three degrees warming. By the time you get to what would happen at six degrees of warming you are pretty much desensitised to th ...more
Jun 08, 2009 Temaris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Six Degrees won the Royal Society popular science book of the year thingy in 2008 -- you know, solid science, but actually readable! Let me tell you, I'm only up to four degrees, and I'm *freaked*. I was having a conversation the other day about how global warming isn't about long hot summers, but a couple of degeres increase on average, across a whole year. Which is true, as it turns out but didn't go Nearly Far Enough. This guy is going through what happens at each of one through six de ...more
Lily Wangler
"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
This is the scariest book I've read in a long, long time.

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
Sep 09, 2008 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disturbing. But what else can you expect from a book on the real life consequences of global warming? This one truly is a bit of a horror story, however well-researched or written, it takes a bit of determination to read through as the scenarios are fairly glum, particulary the likely extinction of so many species. Hard to absorb all of that.
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
Jul 16, 2014 Whitaker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first non-fiction book I've read in one go. It's edge-of-the-seat gripping. I'm not going to do a review because I don't think I have the time and energy to defend this against the anti-climate-change crowd. To them, all I say is that I hope you fall on the right side of the demographic line: above 40 and no kids. For a proper review, check out The Guardian (plus a summary by the author).
Little Miss Esoteric

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.

5 stars.
Jose lana
The efects on the environement at global escale along this century of the raising in average temperaturas by burning fossil fuels until 6 centigrades degrees depending on diferent scenrios of control of the emisions of greenhouse gases
Xi Chen
Oct 17, 2016 Xi Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wish I read this earlier..
David Schaafsma
Jan 16, 2017 David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: environment
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
Mark Denega
Jan 13, 2017 Mark Denega rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not the *best* book I've read, but the most *important*, bar none. The text is dense, both because Lynas packs so much research into each chapter and because his writing style is somewhat superfluous, but read this book, nonetheless.

Six Degrees is an amalgamation of modern climate research--culled from scientific journals such as 'Science' and 'Nature'--and our understanding of past global heat events based on the fossil record, brought to life with descriptive detail by Lynas to illustrate what
Nov 05, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, science
I read this book as research for a novel I thought I was about to write. By the time I finished reading it, I had already figured out that this November would be dedicated to writing a different novel instead. By that point, however, I'd gotten pretty far into the book and determined that it was a detailed, readable description of all of the terrible things that will happen to our planet if we don't change our energy consumption habits. It's a depressing, scary picture, and one I can't quite wra ...more
Ricardo Cebrián
Un libro cargado de información científica y aun así ameno y tan directo como un puñetazo en la cara. Una lectura obligatoria en estos tiempos, especialmente por su mensaje positivo y simple: "deprimirse ahora por la situación es como sentarse en el comedor abatido a contemplar cómo se quema la cocina, en vez de coger un extintor".
Tom Porter
Dec 02, 2016 Tom Porter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing and educational.
Fred Dameron
Dec 30, 2016 Fred Dameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See review of "With Speed and Violence" I reviewed both together.
Searska GreyRaven
Good, if terrifying. I guess this is what we can expect for future now. :(
Edmund Bloxam
Oct 15, 2016 Edmund Bloxam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A total inspiration to me.

My two cents is that the descriptions are so graphic, they inspire me to write stories based on them, to animate yet further the future that will occur, one where humanity is virtually wiped out. This is all based on sound science and, in later chapters, recognises when it's on shakier ground (pun intended). He even rounds it off with a positive: SO LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Which of course, we won't. So we can look forward to the mass destruction detailed here.

Tim Ellis
Oct 17, 2015 Tim Ellis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At one degree the western plains
of the US will be starved of rain,
Bankrupted farmers will pack up and flee
as desert restakes its claim.
There'll be no ice cap on the Arctic,
we'll lose the rivers of Kilimanjaro,
and frost that keeps the Alps secure
won't do it any more.
The Barrier Reef will bleach and die,
mountain animals will reach the sky
chasing the cool, and those that can't fly
will join the dinosaurs.
Tropical storms expand their domain
to bludgeon new regions - Brazil, Spain -
and hope is lost f
Andy Gibb
Jun 29, 2012 Andy Gibb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where was I at the end of August 2005? I hadn't realised that Katrina killed so many. Just the Introduction Chapter provided that snippet although the jury is still out on whether global warming was to blame. Either way the subtitled Our Future on a Hotter Planet tells us more of the same is coming and if we deal with it as badly as the US did in New Orleans, Gawd help us all.

Organised degree by degree, this book uses research from climate modelling and, more telling, what's happened in the past
Elliott Bignell
Apr 12, 2015 Elliott Bignell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot can be hidden behind a simple symbol. That little circle that denotes the degree in the popular Celsius scale, for instance. Lynas draws his circles to illustrate our own Paradise Lost, with a descent in six easy stages into a world we will no longer know as our own.

Lynas is not himself a climatologist, although he clearly knows the high places of the world and has had to struggle down off the Andes on the point of expiry after seeing for himself what is going on up there. As such, he has
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