Six Degrees: Our Future On A Hotter Planet Paperback – 4 Jan 2008
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‘Scientists predict that global temperatures will rise by between one and six degrees over the course of this century and Mark Lynas paints a chilling, degree-by-degree picture of the devastation likely to ensue unless we act now…“Six Degrees” is a rousing and vivid plea to choose a different future.’ Daily Mail
‘The saga of how, in the world as imagined by thousands of computer-modelling studies, global warming kicks in degree by degree. “Six Degrees”, I tell you now, is terrifying.’ Sunday Times
‘Brilliant and higly readable.’ Sunday Times
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Using the data supplied by his extensive resources, Lynas depicts global and regional changes in environment due to increase over time. His temperature range selection is driven by the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC's reports indicate a six degree Celsius increase over the next century. Integrating the scientific research on the biosphere, IPCC is able to review existing and past conditions and those likely to ensue in the future. Lynas synthesizes the reports to present a picture of conditions likely with each degree of heat will lead to over time. The first degree is typified by examples of drought. The Great Plains of the US trans-Mississippi is already showing signs of that dry-out. The author explains that drought in one place may be off-set by rainstorms elsewhere. Heat over land desiccates, but heat over water increases evaporation leading to greater precipitation. Even with but a single step up in temperature, the rains may be intense in some locales. This seems to be occurring already, with ravaging storms displacing many refugees. Katrina is almost certainly an example of the new environment.Read more ›
It is readable and informative, and thought-provoking. It's flow, however, is interrupted by continual references to the same consequences which were mentioned in previous (degree) chapters, and give the impression that the references were inserted in a slightly tired manner. As the book concentrates on temperature rise, the parallel topic of domino-dynamics effects is a shade sidelined. The climate crisis is far more than "mere" warming, so it was inevitable that this - more specifically focused book - would lack in some areas, or risk becoming (another of many) all-encompassing tome and fail in its aim to spark fresh interest in the reader.
If there is a real disappointment, it is a feature common with Environmental Scientist writers - through their concern, I stress, rather than through neglect - that they provide a good and graphic depiction of the climate crisis, then sadly veer toward how to solve it. This is to walk into the quicksand of political intransigence and (most probably) hopeless expectation of movement from the powers that be. It tends to come across as a desperate plea juxtaposed against their fine portrayal of climate crisis science and its consequences, and I believe the book would have benefitted by omitting this portion in favour of leaving the reader to ponder on the very worrying future which it quite vividly portrays.
I would recommend this book, the reader would benefit from its approach and vision.
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I almost wish I hadn't read this as it is so bleak and depressing, but then again, it was very interesting and informative at first. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mia J
Getting a bit dated but some really interesting stuff up to 3 degreesPublished 2 months ago by Naomi Andersson
I don't easily give five stars to a review but Mark Lynas has done an excellent job of putting forward the dangers we face with climate change in a form that grabs the attention. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bookweevil
An interesting take on how climate change might affect the world's nations - A book I frequently recommend to those interested in climate change.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this but it was a bit dated now as a lot of the info has been published elsewhere but at least it gives a good idea of the changes to expect as temperatures rise. Read morePublished 10 months ago by GoopointBlack
Depressing read spend the time you would be reading this working out how you can avoid adding to the problem. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James33
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