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This is the way the world ends : how droughts and die-offs, heat waves and hurricanes are converging on America / Jeff Nesbit.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Physical Description:
xvii, 316 pages ; 24 cm


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The world itself won't end, of course. Only ours will: our livelihoods, our homes, our cultures. And we're squarely at the tipping point. Longer droughts in the Middle East. Growing desertification in China and Africa. The monsoon season shrinking in India. Amped-up heat waves in Australia. More intense hurricanes reaching America. Water wars in the Horn of Africa. Rebellions, refugees and starving children across the globe. These are not disconnected events. These are the pieces of a larger puzzle that environmental expert Jeff Nesbit puts together. Unless we start addressing the causes of climate change and stop simply navigating its effects, we will be facing a series of unstoppable catastrophes by the time our preschoolers graduate from college. Our world is in trouble - right now. This Is the Way the World Ends tells the real stories of the substantial impacts to Earth's systems unfolding across each continent. The bad news? Within two decades or so, our carbon budget will reach a point of no return. But there's good news. Like every significant challenge we've faced--from creating civilization in the shadow of the last ice age to the Industrial Revolution--we can get out of this box canyon by understanding the realities, changing the worn-out climate conversation to one that's relevant to every person. Nesbit provides a clear blueprint for real-time, workable solutions we can tackle together.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Combating climate change and its consequences is an urgent task because humanity needs to save not the planet but itself, declares former White House staffer Nesbit (Poison Tea) in this nonpartisan call-to-arms. He quotes scientists in fields ranging from glaciology to meteorology, showing how species essential to human agriculture, like the animals that pollinate flowers, and natural structures like the ocean's coral reefs are already reacting to climbing global temperatures. He also surveys news stories to show that rising waters and encroaching deserts are causing and will continue to cause refugee and hunger crises. With internal documents from corporations like Nestle (via WikiLeaks) revealing that many of the world's largest businesses are already planning for climate change, Nesbit has little patience for partisan bickering and scientific naysayers. "Climate change needs to stop being a political issue," he states. Solutions exist-in particular, he is a proponent of establishing a carbon price of $40 per ton for energy producers-but if politicians don't wake up soon, Nesbit warns, humanity's chance to mitigate the damage will be lost. This vital summary of dire facts offers no-nonsense proposals for a way forward. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Nesbit (executive director, Climate Nexus) writes a sobering account of human experiences over the next few decades owing to climate changes if things do not improve. He surveys the ecosystems and the various species that are being affected; what can be expected to become commonplace, such as water scarcity, extreme heat, etc.; and highlights a number of countries that are already experiencing the effects (e.g., India, China, Somalia). Later chapters are devoted to discussions of what can be done to help mitigate the issue. With examples drawn from current issues, available data, and interviews, his blueprint for change is somewhat vague, as even he acknowledges that much depends on individual countries and their circumstances. Nesbit's clear, concise style is supported with current scientific findings that anyone will find easy to connect with and understand. VERDICT This prescient and timely book seeks to bring climate change into the realm of relatability. Recommended for all readers.-Laura Hiatt, Fort Collins, CO © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.