After Words with Mark Lynas
Mark Lynas talked about his book Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, published by National Geographic. Mr. Lynas says… read more
Mark Lynas talked about his book Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, published by National Geographic. Mr. Lynas says scientific studies show that global warming in the last century has pushed the Earth’s temperatures up to unprecedented levels and he says the world’s population must make changes now in order to avert disaster. The guest interviewer was Gene Karpinski.
The 2001 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projecting average global surface temperatures to rise between 1.4 degrees and 5.8 degrees Celsius (roughly 2 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century. Based on this forecast, Mr. Lynas outlines in his book what to expect from a warming world, degree by degree. At 1 degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers would be lost. A 3-degree rise would spell the collapse of the Amazon rainforest, disappearance of Greenland’s ice sheet, and the creation of deserts across the Midwestern United States and southern Africa. A 6-degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity.
Mark Lynas is journalist who writes for British publications the New Statesman and Guardian. He is the author of two other books on climate change, High Tide and Carbon Calculator. In 2006, National Geographic selected Mr. Lynas as an Emerging Explorer and recently produced a documentary based on his third book, Six Degrees.
Gene Karpinski is the president of the League of Conservation Voters, a nonprofit organization focusing on environmental policy. Mr. Karpinski was formerly the executive director of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. close
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