Friday, July 18, 2008
SIX DEGREES : Our Future On a Hotter Planet
Written by British journalist and environmental activist, Mark Lynas, SIX DEGREES, a compelling book based on authoritative scientific articles and data, promises to be an eye-opening warning on global climate change.
SIX DEGREES is comparable to AL Gore's AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH or Ross Gelbspan's BOILING POINT - and may possibly be the most graphic depiction of what global warming can do to planet Earth.
In 2001, the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documented and released a report projecting average global surface temperatures to rise between 1.4 degrees and 5.8 degrees Celcius (roughly 2 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century. Based on this forecast, MARK LYNAS outlines what to expect in his book, degree by degree:
At 1 degree Celcius : most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be destroyed.
A 3 -degree Celcius rise : the Amazon rainforest will vanish; Greenland's vast icesheet will melt;
Midwestern USA and southern Africa will turn into deserts.
A 6-degree Celcius rise : Most living forms on Earth will be eliminated, including
much of humanity.
Without further ado or attempts to whitewash details, Lynas who had experienced England's worst flooding in 2007, is also a well-known speaker on environmental issues and is well-equiped with the knowledge that our planet's future lies in the hands of each and everyone of us.
In the last chapter of SIX DEGREES, he offers humanity a brief window of hope and opportunity to make the necessary changes to reverse and to manage climate change effectively.
SIX DEGREES, published by National Geographic Society, is a recommended read. It may help to open our senses and consciousness to what is going on around us and what can happen if we ignore the warning signs of global warming. Our very survival and Earth's future are in our hands....
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SIX DEGREES by Mark Lynas