The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
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A well-written, straightforward and honest book about climate change. The situation is even worse than I thought it was, and I was already far from optimistic.
One of the things the author spells out, which I had not properly grasped before, is that climate change will affect different parts of the world very differently. For low-lying equatorial Bangladesh, it is a catastrophe. It sounds like the country may soon - within the next few decades - be rendered ...more
The book, rather, focuses almost exclusively on the potential consequences of living on a planet that will experience anywhere from 2 to 8 degrees celsius of warming between now and the year 2100.
First, to state the obvious, global warming is ...more
In July of 2017, in New York Magazine, David Wallace-Wells published an article on climate change entitled The Uninhabitable Earth. It began with these words: It is, I promise, worse than you think. Now Wallace-Wells has turned that article into a book, andif anythinghe has doubled down. It is worse, the book begins, much worse, than you think.
It is, it surely is. And Wallace-Wells pulls no punches. He does not fog the facts with statistics, or conceal his rage and sorrow under a scientist mask. ...more
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planeta... shows, how vast and complex the possibilities of doom are.
Simple heat is something that can lead to inhospitality after a very short time. Like in space, where heat is a great problem for manned space flight, it is very difficult to cool a system down again as soon as it has reached a certain point. So how can humanity heat up as quick as possible?
Actually we do it ...more
Wallace-Wells shows in stunning detail just how bad the global neo-liberal consumption=happiness after-party is going to be, and just how soon the lights are going to come on.
We are currently at 1-degree warming. We are going to sail pass the 2-degree barrier agreed upon by Paris (that's just a fact). If we are really lucky we might stabilize at 3-4 degrees above baseline (there are no guarantees as some poorly understood feedback loops might push us significantly past this ...more
The structure is simple enough. Wallace divides the planet into 12 plagues. Every paragraph is jammed with facts and citations relating to that aspect. The 12 are: Heat Death, ...more
"If we allow global warming to proceed, and to punish us with all the ferocity we have fed it, it will be because we have chosen that punishmentcollectively walking down a path of suicide."
This book is terrifying but informative. It is terrifying because it is informative. David Wallace-Wells presents us with the cold, hard facts about global warming. Right now, we are only about 1° C warming but are on a course to warm much, much more. We are already witnessing the devastating effects of ...more
That is the first line of this book, which I think is the key book for all of us to to read and read now about the dangers we now face within decades, not centuries, (or what we are already beginning to experience in a very real way) but if you think it and its title are hyperbolic, read the first half of the book as soon as possible and (with science) deny if you can the facts I read there, most of them familiar to those who have been reading the ...more
Sadly unavoidable now: The frying of the planet until the collapse of civilisation, and then 100,000 years to recover.
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"It is worse, much worse than you think.
"The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isnt happening at all, and comes to us bundled with several others in an anthology of comforting delusions: that global warming is an Arctic saga, unfolding remotely; that it is strictly a matter of sea level ...more
Though thoroughly depressing, this book is one of the most level-headed, well-balanced books I've read on the impending doom known ...more
When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money.
~~Cree Indian prophecy
God will bring to ruin those ruining the earth.
~~ Revelation 11:18
In 1957, my 8th grade teacher gave us a lesson on pollution and its effects on our planet. I dont recall much of what he had said other than he had brought the book, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson to class and discussed it that day. I only recall that ...more
Its time for all of us to stop playing games.
This book is a cascade of anxiety inducing, despair-magnifying horror. I had an minor anxiety attack on the thirteenth page. Even Wallace-Wells (the author) commends his readers for reaching a certain stage within his extended essays* pages.
I've managed to desensitise myself to many ecological / climate change based articles, books, and journals so that I may educate myself on the topic. I erected barriers in my mind, so that I might handle ...more
The solution is for the entire globe to reduce its carbon footprint with revolutionary zeal. It would ...more
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In spite of pooh-poohing everything from individual lifestyle choices to climate-first candidates, with a ton of what-about-isms, Wallace-Wells ends on an optimistic note based on what, he does not say.
I recommend Kleins book instead of this one or in addition to this, especially for those this left feeling nihilistic and hopeless.
The book is a must read. I'd heard nothing but positive things about it ... and ...more
It has become commonplace among climate activists to say that we have, today, all the tools we need to avoid catastrophic climate changeeven major climate change. It is also true. But political will is not some trivial ingredient, always at hand. We have the tools we need to solve global poverty, epidemic disease, and abuse of women, as well.
The four horsemen of the ...more
The original article rapidly became the most-read article in the history of NY magazine, it's still available to read for free here:
See also an ...more
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