The Uninhabitable Earth (book)

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The Uninhabitable Earth
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AuthorDavid Wallace-Wells
CountryUnited States
PublisherTim Duggan Books
Publication date
April 16, 2019

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming is a 2019 book by David Wallace-Wells about the consequences of global warming. It was inspired by the New York magazine article "The Uninhabitable Earth" (2017).[1][2][3][4]


The book fleshes out Wallace-Wells' original magazine piece in more detail, dovetailing into discussions surrounding various possibilities for Earth's future across a spectrum of predicted future temperature ranges. It argues that even with active intervention, the effects of climate change will have catastrophic impacts across multiple spheres: rising sea levels, extreme heat events, extinctions, disease outbreaks, fires, droughts, and increased geopolitical conflict, among others.

While such changes are presented as already in motion, Wallace-Wells suggests that the future can still be salvaged with proper political and scientific willpower over the coming years.


The book received praise for its scientific approach to describing the potential impacts of climate change. It has been both celebrated and criticized for its dramatic depictions of future life on Earth. The Economist stated, "Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells’s outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too."[5]

Television adaptation[edit]

In January 2020, it was reported that The Uninhabitable Earth would be adapted into an anthology series on HBO Max. Each episode will be about the dangers of climate change. Adam McKay will serve as the executive producer.[6]


  1. ^ Lanchester, John (April 12, 2019). "Two New Books Dramatically Capture the Climate Change Crisis". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Uninhabitable Earth". Kirkus Reviews. January 13, 2019. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Frank, Adam (March 25, 2019). "New Climate Books Stress We Are Already Far Down The Road To A Different Earth". National Public Radio. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Szalai, Jennifer (March 6, 2019). "In 'The Uninhabitable Earth,' Apocalypse Is Now". The New York Times. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "A terrifying look at the consequences of climate change". The Economist. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  6. ^ Denise Petski (January 15, 2020). "HBO Max Greenlights Adam McKay's 'The Uninhabitable Earth' Climate Change Anthology Series". Deadline. Retrieved March 2, 2020.