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Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

An eye-opening and vital account of the future of our earth and our civilisation if current rates of global warming persist, by the highly acclaimed author of High Tide.Picture yourself a few decades from now, in a world in which average temperatures are three degrees higher than they are now. On the edge of Greenland, rivers ten times the size of the Amazon are gushing off the ice sheet into the north Atlantic. Displaced victims of North Africa's drought establish a new colony on Greenland's southern tip, one of the few inhabitable areas not already crowded with environmental refugees. Vast pumping systems keep the water out of most of Holland, but the residents of Bangladesh and the Nile Delta enjoy no such protection. Meanwhile, in New York, a Category 5-plus superstorm pushes through the narrows between Staten Island and Brooklyn, devastating waterside areas from Long Island to Manhattan. Pakistan, crippled by drought brought on by disappearing Himalayan glaciers, sees 27 million farmers flee to refugee camps in neighbouring India. Its desperate government prepares a last-ditch attempt to increase the flow of the Indus river by bombing half-constructed Indian dams in Kashmir. The Pakistani president authorises the use of nuclear weapons in the case of an Indian military counter-strike. But the biggest story of all comes from South America, where a conflagration of truly epic proportions has begun to consume the AmazonAlien as it all sounds, Mark Lynas's incredible new book is not science-fiction; nor is it sensationalist. The six degrees of the title refer to the terrifying possibility that average temperatures will rise by up to six degrees within the next hundred years. This is the first time we have had a reliable picture of how the collapse of our civilisation will unfold unless urgent action is taken.Most vitally, Lynas's book serves to highlight the fact that the world of 2100 doesn't have to be one of horror and chaos. With a little foresight, some intelligent strategic planning, and a reasonable dose of good luck, we can at least halt the catastrophic trend into which we have fallen. But the time to act is now....

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  • Xi Chen

    Wish I read this earlier..

  • Mark Denega

    Not the *best* book I've read, but the most *important*, bar none. The text is dense, both because Lynas packs so much research into each chapter and because his writing style is somewhat superfluous, but read this book, nonetheless.

    Six Degrees is an amalgamation of modern climate research--culled from scientific journals such as 'Science' and 'Nature'--and our understanding of past global heat events based on the fossil record, brought to life with descriptive detail by Lynas to illustrate what
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  • Ted

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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



    Gustave Doré's illustration of Canto III: Arrival of Charon.

    Well the first circle of hell wasn’t all that bad, comparatively – Purgatory.

    “Climate change is the canvas on which the history of the 21st century will be painted.”

    Mark Lynas

    A friend who recommended this book
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  • Ana

    Such extraordinary work was done by Mark Lynas in this book, I feel I will probably refer back to it many times. This should be a mandatory read somewhere, everywhere. Insightful, intelligent and catastrophically real. It is a very detailed piece on climate change, the future of this planet and the shortcomings of our species. The chapters are divided in a very detailed and yet organic manner, they treat pretty technical stuff and despite that are perfectly clear and come accompanied by very tan ...more

  • Antonomasia

    Why is climate change not the biggest issue for the loudest group of protestors in the West these days? I'm starting to wonder. Why do student firebrands (who are usually middle class and comfortable, often protesting about things that don't directly affect them) mostly treat it as a secondary issue, some way further down the list than their main concerns? Why are SJWs SJWs and not CJWs? What if we'd had as much progress in legislation and in attitude change among the media in the last five year ...more

  • Annie

    Disturbing. But what else can you expect from a book on the real life consequences of global warming? This one truly is a bit of a horror story, however well-researched or written, it takes a bit of determination to read through as the scenarios are fairly glum, particulary the likely extinction of so many species. Hard to absorb all of that.

    One point the author makes is that we simply don't know what to expect from all of this melting and heating up, things could rock and roll right away, a lo
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  • Lara Messersmith-Glavin

    This text should be required reading for participation in the planetary exchange of resources; i.e. breathing, drinking, eating, excreting.

    What Lynas has provided here is a comprehensive summary of international research on climate change and carbon emissions from a variety of perspectives and methodologies. The result is a harrowing projection of the kinds of shifts in ecosystems around the world - water tables, weather patterns, food production, biodiversity, ocean acidity - that are likely t
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  • Clare O'Beara

    I read this book summarised in the Sunday Times when it was published in 2007 and have now read the full horror story. Lynas is a journalist who has lived on a few different continents and now lives in UK, so he is better at communicating the science than many pure scientists. He collected the papers and charts about what would progress if the world warmed as it was set to do, and presented the evidence of the effects per each degree upwards. He largely succeeds in being unbiased, except to add ...more