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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, CO
Posted October 22, 2009
This is a must read.
In the intro Lynas admits that at one point in his research he considered that it might be smarter to not publish his findings and instead give his family and friends a quiet heads-up since he was uncovering specific information directly related to survival. (There are specifics like which states in the US will likely still have food and water when a certain temperature threshold is reached, etc.)
If you want to remain ignorant or in a state of denial about global warming and what it will mean to you, your children, grandchildren, all of humanity and the millions of other species, then don't even open the cover of this book. On the other hand if you like your facts without the sugar coating then not only read this book but plan on sending copies to everyone you care about. I exagerate not.
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This is one of the most interesting and educational books on the subject of climate change that I have read. Mark Lynas does a great job of explaining the science, and the correlating DVD from National Geographic, Six Degrees Could Change the World, is equally excellent. Read this book and watch the DVD and you can't help but understand climate change with much more clarity. I have purchased several copies of both to give as educational gifts because they are so easy to understand for anyone. Everyone needs to read this book. If nothing else, sit down in the library and read the "Choosing our Future" section at the back. It will change your mind.
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Posted January 31, 2011
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