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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done., 31 Dec 2009
This review is from: Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (Paperback)
The 2007 IPCC AR4 report predicts a potential increase in global mean temperature before 2100 of between 1.1 and 6.4 degrees C.

That's a broad range...? Why the uncertainty? What do these numbers actually mean? Surely 6 degrees is not such a big deal - we have that kind of difference every week, right?

Popular science writer Mark Lynas has done a Herculean job of sorting through all the reports, scientific papers, climate model predictions etc, and breaking down what these mean in terms of one degree C increments, in terms that everyone can understand.

The book is primarily six chapters, starting at "One Degree" and building up to a truly terrifying "Six Degrees". There is also a brief introduction, conclusion, and more than 50 pages of notes and references...

The conclusion, entitled "Choosing our Future" is particularly well done. Poignant and impassioned, yet measured, pragmatic and very cautiously optimistic... It avoids the pithy platitudes that you often find in such books.

Lynas has done his homework, and he's a good writer. If you want to understand what the science really means to you and your children then add this one to your cart.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2011 12:00:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2011 12:02:14 BDT
Joe Soap says:
Of course, Lynas has since renounced some of the worst excesses of his analysis. It won't prevent watermelons, such as Jamie O, from fawning over codswallop like this, though.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 12:33:16 BDT
Thanks for stopping by Joe. Since you seem to be trolling behind a fake anonymous profile, I wouldn't expect you to be honest with us, but I wonder if you'd mind sharing which of the "worst excesses" that have been "renounced" allow you to come to a different conclusion than that which Lynas still holds?

Also, I notice that in the first version of your comment, you referred to me as a "LesterBrownite" rather than a "watermelon". I don't quite understand why you made the change, but to help readers better understand how seriously to take your post, I wonder whether you would share with us which kind of climate change denier and fruit you prefer to be associated with? Should we assume that you're a RichardLinzenite, an IanPlimerite, a BjornLomborgite or more of a LordMoncktonite, Joe? Hmm - the lack of depth in your analysis makes me suspect that perhaps you're just a straight up KingJamesDominionite?

What about your favourite vegetable avatar Joe? Banana, Jackfruit, Cumquat? Hmm... I can't stop leaning towards Lemon...

Thanks again for stopping by...
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