Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore s best selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan s Boiling Point will turn to next Written by the acclaimed author of High Tide, this highly relevant and compelling book uses accessible journalistic prose to distill what environmental scientists pPossibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore s best selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan s Boiling Point will turn to next Written by the acclaimed author of High Tide, this highly relevant and compelling book uses accessible journalistic prose to distill what environmental scientists portend about the consequences of human pollution for the next hundred years In 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC released a landmark report projecting average global surface temperatures to rise between 1.4 degrees and 5.8 degrees Celsius roughly 2 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century Based on this forecast, author Mark Lynas outlines what to expect from a warming world, degree by degree At 1 degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be lost A 3 degree rise would spell the collapse of the rainforest, disappearance of Greenland s ice sheet, and the creation of deserts across the Midwestern United States and southern Africa A 6 degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity Based on authoritative scientific articles, the latest computer models, and information about past warm events in Earth history, Six Degrees promises to be an eye opening warning that humanity will ignore at its peril.
Six Degrees Our Future on a Hotter Planet Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore s best selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan s Boiling Point will tur
Expanded reviewFrom the weeping ground there sprang a wind,Flaming with vermillion light,Which overmastered all my senses,And I dropped like a man pulled down by sleep.Dante, Inferno, Canto III Dante enters the First Circle of HellGustave Dor s illustration of Canto III Arrival of Charon.Well the first circle of hell wasn t all that bad, comparatively Purgatory Climate change is the canvas on which the history of the 21st century will be painted Mark LynasA friend who recommended this book to me [...]
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 know my E [...]
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 somethin [...]
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 everything is g [...]
This is a 2007 2008 in USA book about global warming It summarizes the results from scientific papers on climate change, and it uses successive chapters to describe the world s climate at 1 C, 2 C, on up to 6 C rise of average temperatures The effects are compared to paleoclimatic studies, with six degrees of warming compared back to the Cretaceous geologic period.Since this book is already ten years old it s interesting to compare its predictions to what has actually happened since it was publi [...]
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 years as t [...]
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 plants, [...]
My review is a call to action for anyone in healthcare in particular, as well as the general public I finishedSix Degrees Our Future on a Hotter Planetseveral days ago, but wanted to let the book s subject matter sit with me a few days before I wrote a review Plus, I ve been freakin busy There are many insightful reviews on the subject matter itself, so I m going to focus on what the book meant to me as a human, and as a nurse Bottom line our earth is warming up What is causing the warming, and [...]
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 to occur [...]
I read this book summarised in the Sunday Times when it was published in 2007 and have now read the full horror story Lynas is a journalist who has lived on a few different continents and now lives in UK, so he is better at communicating the science than many pure scientists He collected the papers and charts about what would progress if the world warmed as it was set to do, and presented the evidence of the effects per each degree upwards He largely succeeds in being unbiased, except to add tha [...]
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 cheeriest [...]
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 abou [...]
Myth or reality Next Global Warming or Global Cooling I think I need to read this book and re examine the whole question of Global Warming After the fine review by my friend Ted , and yet following my viewing of the movies Snowpiercer and Ice 2020 some doubts still surfaced Plus, there s a lot on climate change protection being dismantled by the ongoing American administration One wonders Snowpiercer Snowpiercer Snowpiercer view spoiler Though a violent movie, one cannot escape the beauty of the [...]
At one degree the western plains of the US will be starved of rain,Bankrupted farmers will pack up and fleeas 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 .The Barrier Reef will bleach and die,mountain animals will reach the skychasing the cool, and those that can t flywill join the dinosaurs.Tropical storms expand their domainto bludgeon new regions Brazil, Spain and hope is lost for thos [...]
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 the in [...]
Except for the fact that it will make you want to kill yourself, recommended.
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 climate c [...]
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 the plane [...]
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 rainforest, no coral reefs, mass flooding of cities, starvation of millions, loss of much of the biodiversi [...]
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 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 the horro [...]
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 degrees, on [...]
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 to combat it, but that is its maximum potential impact The six chapters explaini [...]
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 things [...]
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 lot so [...]
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.
Terrifying 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.
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
Wish I read this earlier
Good, if terrifying I guess this is what we can expect for future now.
A well researched and balanced take on global warming, although some of the science may be out of date Chapter 7 was particularly interesting reading as it pointed out that burning fossil fuels is the main reason humans have been able to overcome ecological constraints it is somewhat ironic therefore that it may cause some new ones By the end, I actually found this book rather comforting The main dangers to humans listed are floods and droughts presumably addressable by decent water management p [...]