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Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
Hertsgaard, Mark (Book - 2011 )
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For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard investigated climate change, but it took the birth of his daughter to bring the truth home. Another revelation came when an expert advised that, without doubt, global warming had arrived, more than a hundred years earlier than expected. Now, with his daughter and the next generation in mind, Hertsgaard delivers a resounding, motivating message of hope that will spur activism among parents, college students, and all readers. He gives specifics about what we can expect in the next fifty years: Chicago's climate transformed to resemble Houston's; the loss of cherished crops and luxuries, such as California wines; the redesign of U.S. cities. Addressing problems we'll face very soon and revealing where they'll be most serious, Hertsgaard offers "pictures" of what unbiased experts expect, and looks at who is taking wise, creative precautions. Hot is, finally, a book about how we'll survive.--Publisher description.
Authors: Hertsgaard, Mark, 1956-
Title: Hot
living through the next fifty years on earth
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Growing up under global warming
Living through the storm
Three feet of water
My daughter's earth
Ask the climate question
The two-hundred-year plan
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?
In vino veritas : the business of climate adaptation
How will we feed ourselves?
While the rich avert their eyes
"This was a crime"
Epilogue: Chiara in the year 2020
Summary: For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard investigated climate change, but it took the birth of his daughter to bring the truth home. Another revelation came when an expert advised that, without doubt, global warming had arrived, more than a hundred years earlier than expected. Now, with his daughter and the next generation in mind, Hertsgaard delivers a resounding, motivating message of hope that will spur activism among parents, college students, and all readers. He gives specifics about what we can expect in the next fifty years: Chicago's climate transformed to resemble Houston's; the loss of cherished crops and luxuries, such as California wines; the redesign of U.S. cities. Addressing problems we'll face very soon and revealing where they'll be most serious, Hertsgaard offers "pictures" of what unbiased experts expect, and looks at who is taking wise, creative precautions. Hot is, finally, a book about how we'll survive.--Publisher description.
ISBN: 9780618826124
0618826122
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Hertsgaard
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Human beings Effect of climate on Global environmental change Climatic changes Global warming
Topical Term: Human beings
Global environmental change
Climatic changes
Global warming
LCCN: 2010012416
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Aug 31, 2011
  • Pural rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book puts it very bluntly, global warming and climate change is here whether you like or not. But this book offers alternatives that could decide our fate in fifty years. It's a good read and an eye opener so don't miss it.

Mar 29, 2011
  • 21288004246712 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Global warming will impact humans in the future, but this book is just blatant emotional manipulation.

Mar 06, 2011
  • zbN8MbMu rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book quite riveting and hard to put down. It is not apocalyptic in tone and the author reviews many efforts by humans around the world as they tackle the most serious problem humans have ever faced. I recommend that everyone read this book. It is an excellent starting point for discussion of the problem.

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