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Granta 83: This Overheating World (Granta: The Magazine of New Writing) [Paperback]

Ian Jack
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1 Oct 2003
Not so much the state we're in as the mess we're getting into. The world we were born into has gone. We shall never completely recapture its climate, its seasons, the way its plants grew and its animals lived. This is not a wild-eyed prediction, a man on the street with a placard. Respectable science knows it and says it. Nine of the world's ten warmest years since records were kept have occurred in the past fourteen years. Every month, an English garden moves south, climatically, by a distance of one hundred yards. Who is responsible? We are our habits. Can we prevent it? Too late. Can we moderate it, slow it, reverse it? Yes- if we try. This issue of "Granta" contains reports from the frontiers of environment change. Contributors include: Marion Botsford-Fraser; James Hamilton-Paterson; Matthew Hart; Thomas Keneally; Philip Marsden; Bill McKibben; Wayne McLennan; Christopher de Bellaigue; James Meek; and Nuha al-Radi in Iraq. There is new fiction from Maarten 't Hart and Jon McGregor, and a picture essay by Edward Burtynsky on our industrial landscapes.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903141620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903141628
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' Granta 18 July 2004
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
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The Granta collections are always a treasure chest. With enough variety to suit nearly every taste, some are clearly more desirable due to focus. In this issue, "This Overheating World" is a topic needing further coverage and attention. Of the fourteen items assembled, half are devoted to climate change, its impact and our response to it. All are well written and worthy of close attention. The other essays are more varied, but nearly as important. Although there are some contentious issues under scrutiny here, the topics are, for some, an introduction needing further notice.
Bill McKibben opens this issue with an analysis of why Americans seem bent on ignoring the climate change going on around us. He recapitulates the research that has gone into revealing the evidence of climate change, such as ice, tree and sediment cores. He thinks enough data has been accumulated and presented to the public to cause some shift in thinking and behaviour. Little, if any, of that has been achieved. He calls for an "Orwell" or a "Thoreau" to produce a book or film that will awaken the public to the hazard. His admission that his own book failed in this regard makes sad reading.
Following essays by Maarten t' Hart, Philip Marsden, Matthew Hart and Mark Lynas recount local manifestations of the climate change phenomena. Mighty dust storms, loss of water supplies and reduced rainfall are having significant impact on the lives of many people. How those people will react and whether the rest of the world will be dealing with their fate remain questions still unasked. Solutions aren't even being debated at this point.
"This Overheating World" is occurring in the political world, as well. Three essays on the American crusade in Iraq and its results conclude the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' Granta 18 July 2004
By Stephen A. Haines - Published on Amazon.com
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The Granta collections are always a treasure chest. With enough variety to suit nearly every taste, some are clearly more desirable due to focus. In this issue, "This Overheating World" is a topic needing further coverage and attention. Of the fourteen items assembled, half are devoted to climate change, its impact and our response to it. All are well written and worthy of close attention. The other essays are more varied, but nearly as important. Although there are some contentious issues under scrutiny here, the topics are, for some, an introduction needing further notice.
Bill McKibben opens this issue with an analysis of why Americans seem bent on ignoring the climate change going on around us. He recapitulates the research that has gone into revealing the evidence of climate change, such as ice, tree and sediment cores. He thinks enough data has been accumulated and presented to the public to cause some shift in thinking and behaviour. Little, if any, of that has been achieved. He calls for an "Orwell" or a "Thoreau" to produce a book or film that will awaken the public to the hazard. His admission that his own book failed in this regard makes sad reading.
Following essays by Maarten t' Hart, Philip Marsden, Matthew Hart and Mark Lynas recount local manifestations of the climate change phenomena. Mighty dust storms, loss of water supplies and reduced rainfall are having significant impact on the lives of many people. How those people will react and whether the rest of the world will be dealing with their fate remain questions still unasked. Solutions aren't even being debated at this point.
"This Overheating World" is occurring in the political world, as well. Three essays on the American crusade in Iraq and its results conclude the book. In a poignant account, Huha al-Radi describes her return to Baghdad to assist her family in recovery from the invasion. Spending less than a month with her mother and their orchards. In a daily diary, she records how nature and the invaders have acted to spoil her crop and her family's livelihood. As a human account of the misery still being inflicted on Iraq, it makes disturbing reading. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cover to cover - the best written anthology available now 26 Jun 2004
By Ian Muldoon - Published on Amazon.com
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Something has been going on at Granta in the last three editions. I have every edition printed but in the last three this self-proclaimed organ of "new writing" is as good, maybe better, than it has ever been. The last four editions, including this one and Hidden Histories (No 85) have been exemplary, rivetting and brilliant. All deserve to be read from cover to cover which I cannot recall ever having done with any other edition of Granta . In THIS OVERHEATING WORLD, from the piece by Bill McKibben to that by Huha al-Radi called 28 Days in Baghdad, you will be enthralled. GRANTA is on a hot streak at the moment. It does not get better than this.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Getting Hot! 24 Aug 2006
By Lynn Ellingwood - Published on Amazon.com
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Another wonderful edition of Granta literary magazine. This issue deals with a world gone ecologically mad, thanks to the work of men/women. Ocean currents and plankton animals disappearing, islands being swamped, weather gone mad... All a result of Global Warming. President Bush's suggestion? Global warming is too harsh, just call it climate change. What a guy..... what a president!
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