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by Mark Lynas

ISBN: 0312303653
ISBN13: 978-0312303655
Language: English
Publisher: Picador; First edition (June 1, 2004)
Pages: 384
Category: Politics and Government
Subategory: Sociology

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In this ground-breaking book, Mark Lynas reveals the first evidence . HIGH TIDES: Islanders on the tiny South Pacific nation of Tuvalu are already leaving their homeland as rising sea levels engulf their atolls.

In this ground-breaking book, Mark Lynas reveals the first evidence-collected during an epic three-year journey across five continents-about how global warming is hitting people's lives all around the world. High Tide's message is urgent and its revelations are at once shocking and inspiring-shocking as so few of us yet realize the magnitude of what's happening, and inspiring as there is still time to avert much greater catastrophe. No one who reads this book will be able to look their children in the eyes and say "I didn't know.

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In 2004, Lynas' High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis was published by Macmillan Publishers on its . In July 2011, Lynas published in the . the book entitled The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans.

In 2004, Lynas' High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis was published by Macmillan Publishers on its Picador imprint. He has also contributed to a book entitled Fragile Earth: Views of a Changing World published by Collins, which presents before-and-after images of some of the natural changes which have happened to the world in recent years, including the. Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, alongside a bleak look at the effects of mankind's actions on the planet.

High Tide is amazing, not for predicting the future of the planet, but for telling you, in very personal terms, what is. .

High Tide is amazing, not for predicting the future of the planet, but for telling you, in very personal terms, what is happening in the world today. I spent 14 years in and out of Alaska and became very well acquainted with the entire state, but have not returned since 1987. As a journalist, he's unconstrained by the limitations of long-term data sets, political reaction to his personal findings or peer group pressure.

In High Tide, British journalist Mark Lynas visits global hot spots to record people's reactions and sound a clarion call for . Mark Lynas traveled around the world to find tangible symptoms of global warming. He found them indeed, and some of them are truly heartbreaking.

In High Tide, British journalist Mark Lynas visits global hot spots to record people's reactions and sound a clarion call for action. From the Pacific islanders who are preparing to abandon their island home, to the Alaskans in crazy, tilting houses over a foundation of melting permafrost, to the author's own flooding England, the stories hit home.

High Tide The Truth About Our Climate Crisis.

High Tide was longlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and the Guardian First Book Award in 2004. He lives in Oxford and is currently working on his new book Six Degrees. Expose the ‘dark money’ bankrolling our politics. That's just the tip of the iceberg: we've got many more leads to chase down.

The Truth About Our Climate Crisis. At least, no one around these parts. According to British journalist Lynas, a 2001 survey found that only 15% of US citizens correctly identified fossil fuel-burning as the primary cause of global warming-far behind Mexico, with 26% getting the right answer, and just behind Cuba, with 17%.

High Tide's message is urgent and its revelations are at once shocking and inspiring-shocking as so few of us yet realize the magnitude of what's happening, and inspiring as there is still time to avert much greater catastrophe. As global temperatures soar to record levels, Lynas bears witness to: - CRIPPLING DROUGHT: China's Yellow River no longer reaches the sea for half the year, and villages across the north of the country are disappearing under advancing sand.

"President Bush and his Administration have risen to the global warming challenge with responses ranging from obfuscation to pretense to outright denial...I'd like to issue each and every one of them a challenge. Come with me--see what I have seen--and try to understand what global warming really means for us and for our children. Leave Washington and travel to the places I have visited..."--From the Preface

A glacier disappears high in the Peruvian Andes. Floodwaters surge across the English countryside. Ten thousand Pacific Islanders begin to evacuate their homeland. A dust storm turns day into night across the Inner Mongolian plains. These events may seem unrelated, but they are not. Even as scientists and other experts debate the specifics, climate crisis is already affecting the lives of millions.

In this ground-breaking book, Mark Lynas reveals the first evidence--collected during an epic three-year journey across five continents--about how global warming is hitting people's lives all around the world. From American hurricane chasers to Mongolian herders, from Alaskan Eskimos to South Sea islanders, Lynas's encounters and discoveries give us a stark warning about the even worse dangers that lie ahead if nothing is done.

High Tide's message is urgent and its revelations are at once shocking and inspiring--shocking as so few of us yet realize the magnitude of what's happening, and inspiring as there is still time to avert much greater catastrophe. No one who reads this book will be able to look their children in the eyes and say "I didn't know."

As global temperatures soar to record levels, Lynas bears witness to:

- CRIPPLING DROUGHT: China's Yellow River no longer reaches the sea for half the year, and villages across the north of the country are disappearing under advancing sand dunes

- BAKED ALASKA: Permafrost is melting, leaving houses, roads and whole forests sucked into the thawing ground. Winter is in retreat, leaving animals confused and Native Alaskan people without a livelihood

- DISAPPEARING GLACIERS: Every glaciated mountain range on Earth is experiencing massive ice losses. Montana's Glacier National Park has lost 100 glaciers in the last century; only 50 remain. Water supplies to hundreds of millions of people--from Peru to Pakistan--are threatened

- HIGH TIDES: Islanders on the tiny South Pacific nation of Tuvalu are already leaving their homeland as rising sea levels engulf their atolls. Today 70 percent of the world's sandy shorelines are retreating; up to 90 percent of the beaches on the Eastern U.S. seaboard are eroding fast

- CATASTROPHIC FLOODS: English villagers now talk about a "wet season" rather than a winter. Heavier rainfall is now falling across the global mid-latitudes, from the continental U.S. to Russia, sparking devastating floods on an ever more frequent basis.

Comments:
black coffe
High Tide is amazing, not for predicting the future of the planet, but for telling you, in very personal terms, what is happening in the world today. I spent 14 years in and out of Alaska and became very well acquainted with the entire state, but have not returned since 1987. I was absolutely shocked at how our Northernmost state is suffering from the 10 (!) degree rise in temperature which is melting the permafrost. The resulting damage to homes, forests, native life, and other facets of an incredibly beautiful state deeply saddens me and gives me a strong urge to do something serious about global warming. This book really makes global warming upfront, real, and personal without preaching or supplying solutions. Things are simply reported the way they are without predjudice. I highly recommend it. Our politicians should be duct-taped to chairs and forced to read this book.

Once you have become thoroughly depressed by reading the state of the world in "High Tide", by all means obtain a copy of "Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming" by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn. That book gives an outlook on all of the alternative means of producing energy that have a zero or low carbon footprint. Good Reading.

JoJoshura
Mark Lynas traveled around the world to find tangible symptoms of global warming. He found them indeed, and some of them are truly heartbreaking. From the Pacific islanders who are preparing to abandon their island home, to the Alaskans in crazy, tilting houses over a foundation of melting permafrost, to the author's own flooding England, the stories hit home. It's hard to deny global warming after this.

But Lynas, like many environmental activists, falls flat on his solutions. For example, he says that because burning any more oil will worsen warming, "there should be a worldwide halt to the exploration and development of new oil, coal and gas reserves, because even existing reserves should never be burned as fuel." In his fear of warming, Lynas doesn't consider the immediate human suffering that such a rash course would create. It seems like he doesn't know--or doesn't care--how much our society relies on oil, not only for 90% of our transportation but for much of our food, pharmaecuticals, and other life-critical applications. For civilization to continue, we need a gradual, orderly draw-down from fossil fuels, not a crashing halt.

It might comfort Lynas to know that we'll have to get off oil anyway even without global warming, because cheap oil is fast running out. Those remaining reserves will be so much more difficult and expensive to pump than our oil today that we'll never even have a chance to use them up. And just as supply peaks, there's rising demand from China and India. $10 a gallon gas will get us off oil more quickly than fear of warming. But then our society will face other problems--including potential political collapse--that will make it all the more difficult to deal with warming. For more realistic talk on energy, I'd look to books on "peak oil" such as James Howard Kunstler's "The Long Emergency" or Richard Heinberg's "Power Down."

Lynas is just as naive in his approach to politics, assuming that if people--especially Americans, who emit most greenhouse gases--learn the facts, they'll all start thinking and acting like greenies. Yet we all know that the biggest barrier to stopping global warming is not lack of scientific knowlege or even popular awareness, but economic and political short-sightedness. The rich don't want to change their ways, and they'll use power, influence, and corruption to preserve their wealth, warming be damned. For a more nuanced look, try the Ehrlichs' "One with Nineveh." They talk about changes in government and business that will have to happen to save the earth, showing a much more complete understanding of the human-nature equation than does Lynas, who sees retreating glaciers more clearly than he sees expanding markets.

Akisame
I had to read this book for a college course, given that I minored in English. I wasn't a big fan of the book, honestly, but I didn't like the class either, so that's not saying much. It's an inexpensive book though!

Throw her heart
At last a book that gets beyond the scientific jargon, and focuses on the initial victims of climate change around the world: from Tuvaluans having to vacate their sinking island paradise and way of life, to the demise of glaciers that supply water for a huge portion of the world's population, to super cyclones wreaking havoc, to baking and sinking Alaska, to agricultural lands in China turning into a desert dust bowl, and so on. And if, as naysayers might claim, all this isn't caused by anthropogenic global warming, then we can only expect much worse in the future, a future that may entail mass extinctions from runaway global warming, once nature, having warmed to certain levels by human activity, starts releasing its tremendous amount of stored greenhouse gases. This should motivate everyone to turn off that light not in use, and reduce their greenhouse gases.

Morlunn
I read this book in good faith years ago and again recently. Its clear that things have moved on since it was penned but for me this is a great attempt at bringing the issues to the masses and Mark provided an honest diary of research and observation.I happen to think about half of his conclusions are wrong, but thats just a personal stand point.... for me this book is not about who is right and who is wrong, its about genuine issues of the day. Its a great book and a great history piece. Bravo Mr Lynas.

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