Our future on a hotter planet
Six Degrees by Mark LynasPossibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gores best-selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspans 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 Amazon rainforest, disappearance of Greenlands 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.
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Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas
Suddenly, global warming has become an accepted fact of modern life, acknowledged as an imminent danger by everyone except a few cranks, mavericks and members of the Bush family. Public information ads urge us to emit less carbon dioxide. Gordon Brown and David Cameron compete to prove their green credentials. Shamed by the constant exhortations to change our behaviour, most of us now feel the need to apologise if we drive a standard car or book a flight to go skiing. We still book the flight, of course. We know that the snow will have gone in a couple of decades; we know that fuel from our flight is accelerating its disappearance; but that doesn't stop us flying to the mountains and strapping on our skis, making one last foray down the slopes before the snow melts for ever.
We're on their trail, and we've got many fresh leads to chase down — please support our work. Mark Lynas. What we are seeing now, in regard to climate change, are the consequences of what we did some time ago. We cannot see directly the impact of what we are doing right now. What the scientists are saying is complicated, of course, but generally it boils down to this: Anything more than a rise of something like 2 degrees Centigrade 3. For graphics that say it all, go to the fifth page of this document or the second page of this one. The good news is that many sane people and some large institutions recognise this.