Hot - Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

ISBN: 0618826122

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Posted on 2011-08-07. By anonymous.


Hot - Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

Hot - Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
H..ghton M..n H.rcourt | 2011 | ISBN: 0618826122 | 352 pages | PDF | 12 MB

From Publishers Weekly
A new father, Hertsgaard (Earth Odyssey) was growing increasingly anxious and despondent about climate change and the world his child would inherit. His new book is his investigation into the techniques that could allow his daughter and her generation "to survive the challenges ahead." This readable, passionate book is surprisingly optimistic: Seattle, Chicago, and New York are making long-term, comprehensive plans for flooding and drought. Impoverished farmers in the already drought-stricken African Sahel have discovered how to substantially improve yields and decrease malnutrition by growing trees among their crops, and the technique has spread across the region; Bangladeshis, some of the poorest and most flood-vulnerable yet resilient people on earth, are developing imaginative innovations such as weaving floating gardens from water hyacinth that lift with rising water.
Contrasting the Netherland's 200-year flood plans to the New Orleans Katrina disaster, Hertsgaard points out that social structures, even more than technology, will determine success, and persuasively argues that human survival depends on bottom-up, citizen-driven government action. (Jan.) (c)
From Booklist
Environmental journalist Hertsgaard traveled the world to assess green issues just over a decade ago and wrote Earth Odyssey (1999). The birth of his daughter in 2005 sent him back out into the field with a new sense of urgency. What will the world be like when she attains adulthood? As Hertsgaard reports on his conversations with scientists, business executives, politicians, and regular folks, he explains with defining clarity and aplomb why now is the crucial time for mitigation, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and for adaptation, taking action to reduce our vulnerability to the impact of climate change, which is already under way. Innovative adaptation is Hertsgaard’s main focus, from vanguard projects in Britain and the Netherlands to impressive achievements in Chicago and Washington State’s King County and a “quiet green miracle” in Africa. His analysis of the impact of global warming on industries as different as winemaking and insurance is intriguing, and his well-supported conclusion that social change can beat back climate change is inspiring. Hertsgaard’s rigor and concern make for an exceptionally productive approach to a confounding reality. --Donna Seaman

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