Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas
(2008, National Geographic)
ISBN Number: 978-1426202131

In 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a landmark report projecting average global surface temperatures to rise between 1.4° and 5.8° Celsius (roughly 2-10° 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 one degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be lost. A three-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 six-degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity.

Based on authoritative scientific articles, the latest computer models, and information about past warm events in Earth history, Six Degrees promises to be an eye-opening warning that humanity will ignore at its peril. Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, this compelling book uses accessible journalistic prose to distill what environmental scientists portend about the consequences of human pollution for the next 100 years.

Recommended Grade: 
Middle School
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