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Forced optimism in a survey of global warming and climate changeWe are now at least a decade into what journalist Mark Hertsgaard terms the “second era of global warming” which began sometime around the turn of the 20th century As he writes “The battle to prevent dangerous climate change was now over; the race to survive it has begun” Hertsgaard probably has as broad and deep an understanding of global warming and its conseuences in the form of climate change of any nonscientist on the planet He has been writing about the topic for than two decades and has interviewed most of the major players in climate science climate related government policy not just for this book which involved five years of travel around the world but for Earth Odyssey a widely read investigation published in 1999 that reflected seven years of travel The man knows whereof he writes Hot is the author’s attempt to find a hopeful path forward through the gathering storm of climate change Throughout he ponders the life his young daughter Chiara will face in adulthood Much of Hot is written in an optimistic tone Hertsgaard explores a laundry list of policies and procedures that if widely implemented will permit humanity to forestall the extremes of climate change and to adapt to its nonetheless unavoidable conseuences Some of the practices he touts — painting roofs white and planting trees in African fields for example — could in fact achieve a great deal if universally employed His theme is “Avoid the unmanageable manage the unavoidable” Distinguishing between mitigation — efforts to reduce carbon emissions — and adaptation — finding ways to adjust to the changing climate — Hertsgaard devotes most of the book to the latter Previous writing on global warming has tended to focus on mitigation which heavily involves government and corporate policy Adaption consists largely of changing the way people and communities behave Unfortunately though the context in which he writes is not encouraging We live in a world in which massive corporations spend millions to protect their short term profits regardless of the conseuences major news media reflect the views of their corporate owners the overwhelming majority of people deny the obvious and policymakers demonstrate their affinity for the art of the possible rather than showing true leadership To a knowledgeable reader much of the optimism in Hot seems forced What it all boils down to is this “We face a towering challenge Countries that today are all but addicted to fossil fuels must uit carbon within the next two to three decades Deforestation and other climate damaging activities must also be brought to a halt worldwide And even poor and emerging economies must halt almost all emissions by 2050 Yet even if we manage all this it will give us merely a two out of three chance to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees C about preindustrial levels itself an achievement of dubious merit for it will mean the lost of most of the world’s coral reefs the disappearance of most of its mountain snowpacks and enough sea level rise eventually to inundate the existing coastlines on every continent” The facts are disturbingly grim even if the human race somehow manages to come to grips with the existential threat of climate change and to do everything recommended by the authors of the most alarming scientific reports we are already locked into at least 30 years and possibly as many as 50 years of serious trouble “Climate change will worsen existing conflicts over water supplies energy sources and weather induced migration Economic prosperity is also endangered Approximately 25 percent of the gross national product of the United States is at risk from extreme weather events according to the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union” One of the greatest threats to civilization lies in our oceans “Three feet of sea level rise over the next hundred years — which is near the low end of what scientists now expect — will pose enormous challenges Some scientists believe our civilization could experience three feet of sea level rise within the next fifty years” Perhaps eually problematic is the certainty of increasing drought Much of Africa a large swath of South Asia and large portions of the United States especially California the Southwest and the Great Plains face intensifying water shortages There is no lack of horror stories available to illustrate the havoc these trends can create However over and above all the computer modeled predictions for a steady increase in global temperatures over the coming decades is a much horrific possibility the potential that some unanticipated combination of circumstances will trigger “positive feedbacks that in the worst case could kick off some type of runaway greenhouse dynamics” As Hertsgaard explains “Unfortunately there is ample precedent for this kind of abrupt shift into climate chaos Although the human mind tends to think in gradual linear terms ice records and other historical data show that climate shifts when they occur tend to happen suddenly and exponentially” Worrying about rising temperatures and their conseuences is bad enough But it’s the potential of a “sudden and exponential” shift that keeps me awake nightsFrom wwwmalwarwickonbookscom

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Best E Book Hot by Mark Hertsgaard This is very good a. Hot Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard is a thoughtful pragmatic exploration of climate change impacts and what we can and are doing about them Far from a dry distant seeming treatise Hertsgaard's book has a real heart; he asks us to visualize along with him how his young daughter and all of our children will survive the myriad changes that are already locked in and unstoppable The challenge Hertsgaard tells us is to avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidableAs the author points out even among those who are not in denial about climate change there is still confusion about the difference between mitigation and adaptation Mitigation is what we do to try to prevent man made global warming from proceeding apace Adaptation is what we do to live with the conseuences the climate change that in complex and interconnected ways already is threatening our very ability to survive Both approaches are critically importantHertsgaard devotes much of this book to presenting problems already being caused by climate change and showing how communities businesses and governments are responding Unlike in the US where climate change is still cast in an if then light or denied outright by corporatist politicians much of the world is now facing up to the dire facts Some mitigation and adaptation efforts are doing harm than good but some such as pro business green development in Seattle farmer designed natural regenerationagro forestry FMNR in Africa and far sighted 200 year flood planning in the Netherlands show much promiseI found it hopeful that the huge global insurance industry already knows what is coming and is making decisions accordingly This sometimes means refusing to insure people living in areas prone to major climate driven devastation but the actions of the insurance industry can be looked to as a barometer of what we need to do to adapt to climate change Prudent risk management strategies on the part of businesses who are in the game for the long haul can help the planet as a whole adapt; self interest a powerful motivator is not necessarily a dirty wordAcceding the fact that most mitigation and adaptation efforts are large scalelong term and therefore must be subsidized by large corporations and governments Hertsgaard also addresses what individuals can do Learning about intercropping permaculture FMNR and other ways to build soil fertility to help store water and carbon is important Growing some of our own food and supporting local farmers is something everyone can do Becoming aware of how precious the water we use is and avoiding wasting it is essential if we are to survive The interface between business and consumer is an area full of potential for adaptation For example I'm hoping we'll soon see reasonably priced family use products such as biochar burners hit the market so folks can create their own carbon seuesteringtilth enhancing garden charcoal out of some of their wasteAs Darwin said It is not the strongest of the species that survivesnor the most intelligent that survives It is the one that is most adaptable to change Hertsgaard makes a strong case that if humans are to survive we must get busy NOW adapting to climate change that is already happening and cannot be stopped This book goes a long way toward helping us think in those terms

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