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Six degrees: our future on a hotter planet (2007)

by Mark Lynas

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Frightening. Well researched book. I feel sad about the world we are leaving our grandkids. ( )
2 vote bermandog | Jun 8, 2010 |
Rosamund McDougall, policy director for the Optimum Population Trust, has chosen to discuss Six Degrees on FiveBooks as one of the top five on her subject -Global Warming:



“…This is a fast-moving, scary and explicit scenario of what may happen to Earth and us with each degree of global warming. A must-read for everyone who has any doubts about what’s at stake…”



The full interview is available here: http://fivebooks.com/interviews/rosamund-mcdougall-on-global-warming

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2 vote | FiveBooks | Apr 20, 2010 |
Interesting but slightly depressing book about the effects of global warming one degree at a time. ( )
  Jacenschimmel | Mar 17, 2010 |
Gives a vivid description of the effects of various levels of global warming. If you think that a few degrees of warming sounds like no big deal, read this book. ( )
  ferridder | Sep 20, 2009 |
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From the weeping ground there sprang a wind,
flaming with vermillion light,
which overmastered all my senses,
and I dropped like a man pulled down by sleep.

Dante, Inferno, Canto III:

Dante enters the First Circle of Hell
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To my wife, Maria; son, Tom; and daughter, Rosa, in the hope that most of the predictions here need not come true.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 142620213X, Hardcover)

Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore's best-selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan's Boiling Point will turn to next. Written by the acclaimed author of High Tide, this highly relevant and compelling book uses accessible journalistic prose to distill what environmental scientists portend about the consequences of human pollution for the next hundred years.

In 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report projecting average global surface temperatures to rise between 1.4 degrees and 5.8 degrees Celsius (roughly 2 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century. Based on this forecast, author Mark Lynas outlines what to expect from a warming world, degree by degree. At 1 degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be lost. A 3-degree rise would spell the collapse of the Amazon rainforest, disappearance of Greenland's ice sheet, and the creation of deserts across the Midwestern United States and southern Africa. A 6-degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity.

Based on authoritative scientific articles, the latest computer models, and information about past warm events in Earth history, Six Degrees promises to be an eye-opening warning that humanity will ignore at its peril.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03:40 -0400)

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In accessible journalistic prose, author Lynas distills what environmental scientists predict about the consequences of human pollution for the next hundred years, degree by degree. At 1 degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be lost. A 3-degree rise would spell the collapse of the Amazon rainforest, disappearance of Greenland's ice sheet, and the creation of deserts across the Midwestern United States and southern Africa. A 6-degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity. Based on authoritative scientific articles, the latest computer models, and information about past warm events in Earth history, this promises to be an eye-opening warning that humanity will ignore at its peril.--From publisher description.… (more)

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