Hothouse Earth: An Inhabitant’s Guide (Paperback)Bill McGuire (author)
Pulling absolutely no punches, McGuire's picture of a near future ravaged by the full effects of climate change makes for frequently uncomfortable but utterly essential reading.
We inhabit a planet in peril. Our once temperate world is locked on course to become a hothouse entirely of our own making.
Hothouse Earth: An Inhabitant's Guide provides a post-COP26 perspective on the climate emergency, acknowledging that it is now practically impossible to keep this side of the 1.5 DegreesC dangerous climate change guardrail. The upshot is that we can no longer dodge the arrival of disastrous, all-pervasive, climate breakdown that will come as a hammer blow to global society and economy.
Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards, explains the science behind the climate crisis and for the first time presents a blunt but authentic picture of the sort of world our children will grow old in, and our grandchildren grow up in; a world that we catch only glimpses of in today's blistering heatwaves, calamitous wildfires and ruinous floods and droughts. Bleak though it is, the picture is one we must all face up to, if only to spur genuine action - even at this late stage - to stop a harrowing future becoming a truly cataclysmic one.
Publisher: Icon Books
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
;It's a paradox but this was one of the most chilling books I've read this year. It's the definitive guide to where we're heading...' - Anthony Horowitz
'Ironically, it's never been harder telling the full truth about the climate emergency. That truth is so shocking. So painful. It invites rejection. But there can be no authentic hope for a better world without that truth being unflinchingly spelled out. Thanks then to Bill McGuire for doing exactly that in Hothouse Earth - and for still leaving us with plenty of reasons to be hopeful - just so long as we get our shit sorted without any further delay.' - Jonathon Porritt, environmental campaigner and author of Hope in Hell: A Decade to Confront the Climate Emergency
'There's a climate emergency on and our leaders haven't understood just how serious it is. In this concise book, Professor Bill McGuire expertly lays out the scale of the threat in very clear terms - including how much damage we have already done. He points out just how little time we have left to stop the climate crisis engulfing human civilisation. Every decision maker in government, business and wider society should read this book - and then act as fast as possible to reduce carbon pollution to zero.' - Dr Stuart Parkinson, executive director, Scientists for Global Responsibility
'Hothouse Earth might accurately be described as a bit of a grim read, but there is no hyperbole here. Everything in Prof. McGuire's book is solidly based upon peer-reviewed research and current observations. McGuire wants us to face up to the facts; when one does so, then one has no choice any longer. Then, grim is the point; and actually, grim is the way. For, only if we get people to feel less shy and embarrassed about talking and hearing grim do we stand a chance... for, only if we are ready to be real about our predicament have we any hope of measuring up to it. If you are after light reading, or just want to put on a happy face, don't buy this book. Only those ready for a strict diet of truth should dare open it. Hothouse Earth is an easy to understand and authoritative reference source for all things climate science. It is a very, very, sobering read. If our so-called leaders were to read it, they would adapt. They would change (or else we must change them for others up to the job). Why not buy them a copy?' - Rupert Read, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and former spokesperson and strategist for Extinction Rebellion.
'It is rare indeed, for a top scientist to spell out with blunt honesty the hell that we are heading into. Bill McGuire is one of the very few.' - Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion and co-author of This is Not a Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook
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All of us need to urgently understand the coming climate breakdown and the havoc it will bring to our lives. This book really helps the reader to grasp our dire situation and is a call to arms for everyone of us.
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