Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
|2007, 2008 in USA|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Followed by||The God Species|
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (358 pages), ISBN 978-0-00-720905-7 is a 2007 (2008 in USA) non-fiction book by author Mark Lynas about global warming. The book looks and attempts to summarize results from scientific papers on climate change.
The second chapter describes the effects of two degrees average temperature and so forth until Chapter 6 which shows the expected effects of an increase of six Celsius degrees (6 °C) average global temperature. The effects are also compared to paleoclimatic studies, with six degrees of warming compared back to the Cretaceous.
Special coverage is given to the positive feedback mechanisms that could dramatically accelerate climate change. The book explains how the release of methane hydrate and the release of methane from melting permafrost could unleash a major extinction event. Carbon cycle feedbacks, the demise of coral, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and extreme desertification are also described, with five or six degrees of warming potentially leading to the complete uninhabitability of the tropics and subtropics, as well as extreme water and food shortages, possibly leading to mass migration of billions of people.
- The Age of Stupid
- Environmental migrant
- Tipping point (climatology)
- Environmental issues with coral reefs
- What will climate change do to our planet?, The Sunday Times, March 11, 2007. Summary of some of the book's key scenarios.
- Six steps to hell, The Guardian, 23 April 2007. Summary article by the book's author.
- "After Words interview with Lynas on Six Degrees, March 15, 2008". c-spanvideo.org. C-SPAN Video Library. February 5, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2016.