Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

by Mark Lynas


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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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426202131
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 01/22/2008
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,176,020
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mackenzie_Dalton More than 1 year ago
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.
isbjorn More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Jacenschimmel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting but slightly depressing book about the effects of global warming one degree at a time.
blueslibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tracks the effects on the Earth of incremental one degree rises that scientists theorize could happen during climate change brought about by man made global warming. This was an interesting and frightening account, backed by hard scientific evidence. Lynas writes well, taking into account economics and history as well as climate science in developing his thesis for the book.
Stbalbach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The IPCC says that in the 21st century global warming could bring temperatures anywhere from 1 to 6 degrees hotter. Lynas uses peer-reviewed scientific literature to show what these temperature rises could mean. In 6 chapters he outlines 6 degrees, 1 degree for each chapter. Fundamentally, once temps get past 2 or 3 degrees, like a wild fire burning out of control, the planet will continue to heat up no matter we do because nature starts releasing massive stores of CO2 from burning forests, melting tundra, warming oceans etc.. once it reaches 6 degrees it could wipe out most life on the planet.This is the first comprehensive attempt I have seen to outline what exactly a warmer world will be like, based on the most recent peer reviewed scientific literature. It is one part of the learning curve about global warming but an important part. It should be read in conjunction with other books, such as Monbiot's "Heat" which offers solutions to keep temps below 2 or 3 degrees.This is scary stuff and we don't have much time, 8 or 10 years, to make drastic changes. Once things reach a certain temperature its out of our control and the higher temps become just a matter of time. There is a fire smoldering in the kitchen and we need to get off the couch and turn off the TV and do something about it before it burns down the house.
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