Monday Book Review: Six Degrees
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.
Sobering outlook on the future of planet Earth if something isn’t done about Global Warming.
This is one of those books that stays with you long after you read it. Lynas bluntly tells us what happens with Earth after each degree of temperature that rises. I read the book a few years ago and still can remember how devastating the rising temperatures will affect life. Either in 2013 or 2014, Scientists have stated that the Earth’s temperature has risen by 1.something degrees already, and we’re seeing the results.
Excruciating heat waves throughout the summer months; decimated, shriveled (much needed) crops; stock animals dying from heat and malnutrition. Folks, this is really happening! Carbon emissions from humans via factories, manufacturing, vehicles, burning coal and oil. All that harms the Earth’s outer atmosphere, we are killing the only habitable planet in our Solar System.
I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone.