The Uninhabitable Earth
Life After WarmingBook - 2019
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Recommended by Karen, Fairborn Community Library: "Unique to this book is the meticulously researched and clearly described picture of how Earth's systems interact."
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The science of global atmospheric warming has been thoroughly studied and accepted; and the anticipated consequences have been estimated and described. The only uncertainty, the author contends, is the choice made by humanity and our politicians either to continue business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions (and adapt to a harsh future); or to transition to a low-carbon global economy (in order to minimize the looming consequences of climate destabilization). After an introductory chapter on the supine politics of global warming, the author examines in detail twelve impacts of climate destabilization. This book has extensive endnotes but no bibliography.
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"... Western liberals have comforted themselves by contorting their own consumption patterns into performances of moral or environmental purity - less beef, more Teslas, fewer trans-Atlantic flights. But the climate calculus is such that individual lifestyle choices do not add up to much, unless they are scaled by politics. ... that scaling should not be impossible, once we understand the stakes." (p. 34)
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