Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

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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 portend about the consequences of human pollution for the next hundred years.

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Overview

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 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 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.

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The six degrees referenced in the title do not to degrees of separation but degrees Celsius (approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit), the temperature rise that many climate change experts are predicting by the end of the century. In this gripping book, global warming advocate Garrett Brown draws on recent authoritative scientific articles to describe what the world will be like if we keep doing what we're doing.
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Adult/High School- Lynas has gathered global-warming information from an array of authoritative scientists: geologists, glaciologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, and paleoclimatologists, as well as "major scientific projections" from computer modelers. He divides his findings into six main chapters representing the consequences of a one- to six-degree shift in temperature rise. More factual than hysterical and using accessible language, the author portrays a sobering, but broad and fascinating, view of the problem. He discusses not only the environmental consequences of melting icecaps, ocean warming, coral reef bleaching, CO2 emissions, deforestation, and severe weather, but also cultural and economic reverberations-the result of population shifts, animal migrations, and societal collapse. Through computer-modeling simulations he looks back into the past (the Pliocene, the Mayan civilization) and projects into the future for CO2 comparisons. His premise: the problem is now at global scale and will not just impact the disappearance of one group alone as it did the Maya. Claiming that solutions must be political, and that it is too late for quick fixes using renewable energy sources or technology, he concludes with some cautionary possible solutions: relocalization of goods and services, less consumption, global-scale carbon rationing, and a "2 degree increase target." Anyone studying climate change will find this a helpful reference as much current research has been precompiled and interpreted within one resource.-Jodi Mitchell, Berkeley Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426203855
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 240,474
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Lynas, a journalist, campaigner, and broadcast commentator on environmental issues, is the author of High Tide: News from a Warming World. He is a contributor to periodicals including New Statesman, Ecologist, Granta, and Geographical, and to the Guardian and Observer newspapers in the United Kingdom.
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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Great scare tactic... Could use more constructive action plans

    Mark Lynas' informative "Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet" gives the reader a description of what the future holds for our planet earth if the average global temperature continues to raise anywhere from one to six degrees. Overall, the reader can expect a hauntingly entertaining read; what is lacking is what the reader should do to stop the horrific events described in the book from happening. Lynas chronicles the book into six sections, the first giving a detailed description of how the earth will change after a one degree increase in temperature; the last giving the same description for a six degree increase. The overall purpose of the book is to scare the reader into drastically changing his or her lifestyle to an eco-friendly one, and promoting the same to everyone else. There are not many realistic suggestions given as to HOW exactly to do this, which may leave the reader in a "fatalistic" mindset upon finishing the book.

    Very interesting, entertaining and informative read overall, but extremely morbid and depressing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

    changed the way I thought about global warming

    This book really changed my perspective of global warming and its affects on our ecosystems and everyday life. Definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book will stick with me for weeks to come. I would highly recommend anyone concerned about the planet's future to pick this up. There is hope, but time is of the essence. Read this and give it to your family and friends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 3, 2008

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