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Thermageddon: Countdown to 2030 Hardcover – Mar 2003

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1 edition (Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559706678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559706674
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,328,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Maybe a bit melodramatic for science, but scary nonetheless 20 Jun. 2003
By Clifford Jo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book begins as a written letter to the author's grandson, as an explanation as to why the youngster, upon becoming an adult, has to deal with what the author believes is a highly possible and irreversible ecological holocaust. Robert Hunter proceeds to explain the various theories, and therefore explanations of observable and recordable facts, that will (at least according to him and his legions of green people) lead to the demise of earth, as we know it.
The book weaves in and out of ecological explanations, political actions (or lack thereof), and social behavior on the part of the denizens of this earth. From one chapter to another, it's a somewhat disconnected read, especially the narration of how his team decided to chase down an oil tanker to post a large anti-oil sign. This particular chapter did not fit well, as it came across as far more melodramatic than I think the author intended. It seemed so out of place I can only conclude it was inserted as a salute to his fellow eco-activists.
Getting through the author's activism style of writing that seemed to border on fanaticism was admittedly difficult, especially the proliferation of terms and phrases used against oil and the two Bush Administrations, little of which helped establish the book's credibility to me, the layperson. However, there is definitely a message and something to learn. After all, legions of people, especially so many scientists, just can't be suffering from some kind of mass delusion that leads them to believe that the earth is in danger. And after all, it's oil interests, whether American or global, that has the most to lose from ecological policy changes.
One fairly consistent theme throughout Thermageddon is the lack of creativity of how the stated problem develops itself a solution. With nuclear weapons, and more recently chemical and biological weapons, an effective message can be created with imagination. Believable or not, Colin Powell certainly left an impression during the February 2003 United Nations meeting. These kinds of messages can be delivered with a desired effect that's simple but powerful, with intent to rally strong support for political policy. With an ecological holocaust, it's nearly impossible to paint an equally effective dire picture of our individual and collective causal factors. We're creatures of our present circumstances, and we don't know better to take responsibility for the affects of our daily lives now, because the little things we do that hurt the environment are so seemingly mundane and natural to our busy and integrated lives. The author drives this point home throughout the book, and is perhaps the best message he takes to the reader.
Whether the reader likes the way the book is written, whether the reader has heard before of Robert Hunter (I didn't), there is something that strikes the heart about the plea he makes to the world's citizens. There is no doubt he has the best intents in mind for future generations. I think he does an okay job at conveying this message. Again, filters are needed to get to it, though.
Enough got through to me, however, to personally halve the usage of my dishwasher and washer/dryer, not fix the natural gas heater a couple months ago and instead have the family wear more clothing when it's chilly, recycle more than I had before, use ecologically friendly and lifelong maintenance free materials to replace my deck even at a 50% increase in purchase costs over treated lumber, and avoid general waste of natural resources. Of course, I'll need to figure out what to do with the family SUV. For now, I've set and maintained a target usage that only allows filling it up every two weeks on average (before it was filled probably every 9 or 10 days). In the process of all these changes, I've discovered it's cheaper to be ecologically friendly compared to the cost of so much convenience. Interestingly enough, I've proven to myself a bottom line long-term real dollar savings exists, which I don't think the author does a good job trying to convey this benefit to the mass reader. Or, perhaps he simply gave up this tactic; convenience is so powerful and maybe even irrational, given that, arguably, we've just begun to taste it after millions of years of evolution.
But all this being the case, the author has impressed upon me enough of a worry to become more responsible to the environment, and I'm saving money in the process!
A few worthy pertinent messages are there for serious consideration to the layperson, whom I'm sure is his target reader. All in all, Thermageddon is a meaningful book. But it could have been written much better.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A moving call for action, backed by facts 8 Dec. 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Robert Hunter has earned his place along side such eco-heroes like Rachael Carson and Jaques Cousteau, as the co-founder of Greenpeace. In Thermageddon Hunter persuasively argues that around 2030 the climate change will be irreversible - what he calls "thermageddon" - and reviews evidence to support this theory. Included is a discussion of the role each North American plays in contributing towards global warming patterns in the world. A moving call for action, backed by facts.
Great book 30 April 2013
By Eye Sea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book in a very good condition. One of those books that gives a bit of hope that there are people who think about the planet, and know that there is no 'planet b'.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Coming true 20 Mar. 2011
By Mike at the solar home - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I first read this book, I thought it was extremist rubbish. I thought that the things he was talking about couldn't possibly happen. That is, until I read reports of tundra scientists on observations made in the summer of 2009. Two from Russians in their Siberian Arctic and one from the Alaska tundra. They were of the opinion we were already at the tipping point for a positive feedback loop of methane releases. Self-sustaining, even without more AGW from CO2 and other HGHGs, and I found out from others that there is another degree F of warming even if we totally stopped all burning!!
Then, along with the same summer's reports from the Norwegians that their ocean off the continental shelf was warmed one degree down to 1,400 meters; I knew that is where tremendous deposits of methane hydrate also exist and that they erupt explosively with +2*F or mechanical action.
This is the first stages of a set-up for Eocene Max conditions within a few hundred years, and an Extinction Level Event geologically, on par with the meteor that killed the dinosaurs. Thermageddon......after the inevitable population crash at mid century. The survivors will eventually go extinct along with an estimated 87% of all other species that were extant at the start of this interglacial. A disruption of the glacial cycles and several million years before the carbon is re-sequestered and new life flourishes without humans.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very disappointing; deceptive title 30 Nov. 2004
By Jerald R Lovell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book at a close-out sale, and I guess it was worth a buck, but not more.

From the title and the blurbs, I expected to receive a rather strongly advocative report on global warming. Instead, I got a poorly written, poorly organized ecological diatribe, marked by extensive use of the words "could", "possibly", and "might", among others. The author wastes a good deal of time and energy, (the reader's), by wandering away from his appointed task to reminisce about his Greenpeace days, the relevance of which is marginal at best.

As to the author's apocalyptic forecasts, the proffered supporting "evidence" is largely in the nature of a self-drafted, unsubstantiated polemic on the evils of industrial civilization. In short, the author fails to make his case.

Lest it be misunderstood, the evidence of global warming is all about us. The material was avilable for a scholarly, even admirable text on the role people could play in ameliorating this condition. Regrettably, as is the case with so many zealots, the author eschews this chance, and further degrades the already tainted reputation of persons legitimately concerned with this ecological menace. As the credibility of such people wanes, so the power of ignorant anti-environmentalists like Bush and Cheney grows.

Why folks like Hunter can't see this is beyond me, but I wish they would stifle themselves and reflect carefully before they write. I guess money talks for such writers the same as it does for others. Not recommmended, even as a loaner. Don't waste your time.
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