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Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  29 reviews
This book must not be ignored. It really is our final warning.

Mark Lynas delivers a vital account of the future of our earth, and our civilisation, if current rates of global warming persist. And it’s only looking worse.

We are living in a climate emergency. But how much worse could it get? Will civilisation collapse? Are we already past the point of no return? What kin
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2020 by Fourth Estate (first published 2020)
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Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We all need to read this, listen to this and take action from this. This is our Ghost of Christmas Future.

This is one of the most honest, upfront and no-nonsense-for-the-love-of-humanity-do-something books on climate change that I have read in many years working as an ecologist and many more years as an environmentalist. Lynas does not sugarcoat anything and does not shy aware from the problems, its causes and its certain and likely outcomes (yes climate change, or the more accurate climate brea
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Despite all that, three degrees is actually in some ways a best-case scenario. If we ignore what governments say they are going to do and look at their actual policies – all the plans for new roads and airports, the billions spent on exploring for new fossil fuels, the vast expansion of coal-based electricity in China and elsewhere – the temperature outcome for the planet is even worse, with a 50:50 chance of reaching about 3.2°C by the end of the century, although there is a smaller chance tha ...more
Wick Welker
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One word: YIKES.

Lynas does a more than thorough job of not only providing unassailable evidence of impending climate break down, but he takes your hand and, step by step, gives you a horrific tour of what each one degree C rise will do to our world. Let's make something very clear: we are in serious danger. The data and consensus is irrefutable.

The problem isn't so much that the earth is warming, it's that it is warming at a rate 65x as fast than similar pre-industrial temperatures that happened
I really wasn't sure how to rate this book. I can tell you who this book is NOT for. It is not for someone who feels that there is no hope in life and wonders why they should bother going on. It is not for someone already totally invested in the climate change emergency and who is looking for ways they can do something. And it is not for someone who is looking for even a modicum of hope.

This is perhaps the most depressing book I have ever read. As someone who is already incredibly concerned abou
Ryan Mizzen
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Traumatic but important read

Heading for a 3-4C global rise in temperatures will have devastating effects. People need to understand that this is what we're currently on track for with business as usual emissions. Every human alive should therefore be made aware of what this means for themselves and their children, and this book is just the right starting place.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He sentido miedo leyendo este libro que, en realidad, es un comentario largo sobre la actualidad científica en materia de cambio climático, aderezado con pinceladas de las vivencias del autor estudiando estos temas. No parece haber nada en el texto que no esté respaldado por informes científicos de alto nivel (la cuarta parte del libro son referencias y bibliografía) y el autor tiene suficiente experiencia en el campo y madurez personal como para haber cambiado de pareceres según avanzaba el con ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"You cannot add a line of code into a climate model to represent the response of a country's political system to ten million climate refugees on its borders. Even with all its complexity and approximations, atmospheric physics is always going to be much easier to understand and predict than human responses to climate impacts."

I wish everyone would read this book, and This Changes Everything, and Drawdown.

I've noticed over the last five years that the most consistent development we've seen in cli
David Canford
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This makes for sobering reading. The author examines the effect on the planet of 1C to 6 C warming ( roughly 1.5F to 10F). Maybe it doesn’t sound that much but that is just an average and it won’t be uniform across the world. The rate of climate change is already twice as much at the poles, causing huge quantities of ice to melt (which will significantly raise sea levels), dislocation of the jet streams and a change in ocean currents which drive our weather patterns.
Some people argue we’ve had
Gareth Beniston
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clear, accessible and bang up to date. Lynas still has a word or two to say in favour of nuclear power unfortunately but it doesn't get in the way overall. A useful tool. ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mark Lynas has updated his book Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet from 2008. In 12 years, the scientific evidence of warming has gone beyond earlier predictions especially in the arctic/antarctic regions. Lynas admits that he is more pessimistic than before, but raising alarms so more people will take action. Remaining below 1.5 deg C of warming, although technically possible is getting more and more unlikely. The uncovered methane from permafrost presents more concern than before, whic ...more
Leonardo Gedraite
Pode ser encarado como um complemento do livro "a Espiral da Morte" do Claudio Ângelo. Infelizmente só tive contato com essa segunda edição da obra, que seria um retorno a primeira edição (6º Degrees) para atualizar as previsões antigas com as descobertas científicas da década posterior a publicação (2007-2019).

É um livro essencial para todos que queiram entender o que acontece na emergência climática - o livro é separado em 6 capítulos e, cada um deles, fala das previsões que temos com o aqueci
Yates Buckley
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: curious, technical
This book encapsulates the problem and the meta problem very well. It is a terrifying tale based on real science and that describes how impact of warming leads to unsustainable outcomes and liely human and planetary collapse of ecosystem and civilisation.

It goes by degrees where two degrees are apready morally unacceptable but the book covers values up to six which are uncharted.

The author accepts that Nuclear Power is the only potential energy that could be dense enough to enable life in the ex
Jun 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mark is undoubtedly an honest and studious person, and I've enjoyed his previous works, but this time I couldn't get into his book and had to bail out after three chapters.

Obviously, the title of the book indicates loud and clear that it isn't going to be an uplifting experience, but even having read his previous - unashamedly unvarnished - works I was taken back by just how relentlessly grim this book was.

It's VERY grim reading and whilst it meticuolously references solid scientific sources, i
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is definitely hard hitting, if you have a sad out look on the world don't read it. Although, I think the sad, almost angry tone is really essential to get his point across and just shows how we need to change our actions. Lynas is definitely pessimistic which adds to his reasonable frustration he has- you can tell he has very little hope for the planet which just hammers the need for action. I am 12 and I wish I read this a bit later, just because the amount of facts and figures in it, ...more
6 degrees does not sound like a lot. Here summer can be 40C and winter -22C. A difference of 6 degrees is nothing.

This book does an excellent job of showing how faulty and dangerous this way of thinking is.

I have also read The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. There is a great deal of overlap between the books, but it makes sense to read both. Lynas focuses on the differences between difference temperature levels including the difference between 1.5 and 2.

David Wallace-Wells focuses mo
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting book and well researched. However sometimes the author stretches things a bit, there are a few mistakes I found and some things that are not quite accurate. The last part "7 the endgame" is completely useless, he simply repeats what he already said and ends on a hopeful note that just didn't do it for me. His only solution is to use nuclear power and stop using cars and trucks but of course this shouldn't be done if it'll bring more inequalities (which it would) so he offers no solut ...more
Mariela Cortés López
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very well documented book with a powerful message that should be amplified. I was surprised to find that we are already over the limit of 1 degree. The distribution of chapters is the book brings me mixing feelings: on one side I find logical to talk about the consequences degree by degree but in the other, from the 2rd to the 4th degree feels quite repetitive. The last chapters are, in my opinion, the most interesting and specially the last one is brings the lector to a precise overview of the ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ik zou 3,5 sterren geven omdat (voor mij ) het boek wat wordt overwoekerd door cijfers die voor mij wat teveel voorkwamen, dan wel 4 sterren omdat het een belangrijk thema is en het geschreven boek goed toelicht , Het geeft stof tot nadenken. , Brandstof, koolstof , grondstof .. sterren stof ,
Energie , hoe , waar , en hoeveel. te gebruiken
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorough, well researched and scary. Although Lynas tries to be hopeful at the end, arguing that everyone should be fighting against climate change, it's difficult to be hopeful given human nature and the evidence all around us. ...more
Much better than the original.
Fred Bosman
A book with an important message. Sadly full of stylistic mistakes that undermine its credibility.
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Luis Brudna
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Certamente está entre os livros mais assustadores que eu já li.
Não é indicado para que tem problema de ansiedade ou depressão.
Tem coragem? Leia!
Jan 31, 2021 added it
[DNF at 25%]

This really is a great book. However, it is just too depressing to continue reading it (and yes, I’m kinda ashamed to admit this)
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

... but thoroughly well-organised anf documented with many, many fascinating insights into the far-distant past. Do not pass this book by.
Q-rie deBerk
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was enthusiastic when I heard about this book and couldn't wait to read it. I am now quite disappointed because it is just one long list spread out over 7 chapters. I did not enjoy it in ...more
Charlotte Collins
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Frightening at times but well worth a read for anyone who wants to be more informed on the climate emergency
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Lynas has written a book detailing the effects of climate change, starting from where we are now, at 1°C above the pre-industrial period, that is to say, 1850-1900, up to a possible 6°C above that level. Each degree in temperature rise is taken as a warning and is detailed in successive chapters.

The author has read hundreds of scientific papers, journals, IPCC reports and studies in order to assemble his arguments. The result is frightening. As the chapters progress, each one subdivided into
Morten Greve
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not an easy book to read, to say the least.

In essence, it is a digest version of enormous amounts of climate science papers published in the world’s best journals over recent years. The account is organized around the “count up” from one degree above pre-industrial global surface temperature (the world we’re living in today), then two degrees (in thirty years’ time?), then three... and in the end(!), six. More and more harrowing and depressing along the way, but unfortunately very well supporte
David Lawrence
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Mark Lynas is a British author, journalist and environmental activist who focuses on climate change.

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