Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

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National Geographic Books, 2008 - Nature - 335 pages
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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.
 

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I myself have only read to three dgrees but am highly engaged in this book. It goes into depth about what oly a tiny change in climate can do to the plante. The only down side however is that he doesnt come up with any logical solution to the problem and that is a slight disapointment. Still though is a very good book and i have already recomended it to freinds. PEACE 

Contents

ONE DEGREE
25
TWO DEGREES
73
THREE DEGREES
123
FOUR DEGREES
185
FIVE DEGREES
215
SIX DEGREES
241
CHOOSING OUR FUTURE
269
NOTES
305
INDEX
329
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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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