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4.0 out of 5 stars Vision of our future, 29 July 2010
This review is from: Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles will Change as the World Heats Up (Paperback)
Turned Out Nice is a very well thought out vision of how climate change may alter the British Isles and our way of life.

The world's climate has always been unstable, varying from Ice Ages to warm periods, and there is no reason to believe that this will not continue. This book doesn't concentrate on why the climate changes, or even if the current warming is necessarily being accerated by man, although on balance it probably is. The main thesis is that the climate will get warmer.

The good news for those of us living in Britain is that our climate is likely to improve because of the stabilising effects of the Atlantic water around us, albeit with more extreme weather events, but for the majority of the world their climate is likely to become far more extreme and in places unsustainable.

The fact that here is likely to become one of the most attractive climates to live in is very much a double edged sword. Although climate has always changed never before has the world had so many people to sustain. The book touches on the pressures of population movements but in my mind this will be the most dangerous aspect of a changing planet.

Already areas of Africa which once could sustain large populations are finding drought a far more common event. New conflicts are likely as people need to find more arable land. Many of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean are likely to become unbearably hot in the summer months leading to a northern migration.

Quite how Britain will face up to this massive immigration pressure is not extensively covered in Marek's book, but then I guess this is one aspect of the future which nobody knows the outcome of, and the book is certainly no less interesting because of it.

Marek does go into depth about coastline changes as the sea levels rise, and the impact this will have on flora and fauna. In particular he describes how some animals and birds, once rare in Britain, will become regular sights and how the landscape will change as farmers adapt to warmer conditions. Different insects and disease will also become a feature of our lives which Britain's gentle climate had once given us protection from.

Overall I found this a very thoughtful, insightful and thought provoking read and highly recommend it.
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2010 12:51:36 BDT
Parahandy says:
Unfortunately this book starts out with the naive belief that everything we are told by e.g. James Hanson or Nicholas Stern can be taken at face value.

Some of the ideas thereafter are interesting and show insight, but fantasy built on top of a fantasy base leads to an unfortunate loss of belief in this reader. and I wound up thinking I would have done better to re-read Peter Pan.
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