Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change

Overheated The Human Cost of Climate Change Deniers of climate change sometimes quip that claims about global warming are about political science than climate science They are wrong on the science but may be right with respect to its political

  • Title: Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change
  • Author: Andrew T.Guzman
  • ISBN: 9780199933877
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Deniers of climate change sometimes quip that claims about global warming are about political science than climate science They are wrong on the science, but may be right with respect to its political implications A hotter world, writes Andrew Guzman, will bring unprecedented migrations, famine, war, and disease It will be a social and political disaster of the firDeniers of climate change sometimes quip that claims about global warming are about political science than climate science They are wrong on the science, but may be right with respect to its political implications A hotter world, writes Andrew Guzman, will bring unprecedented migrations, famine, war, and disease It will be a social and political disaster of the first order In Overheated, Guzman takes climate change out of the realm of scientific abstraction to explore its real world consequences He writes not as a scientist, but as an authority on international law and economics He takes as his starting point a fairly optimistic outcome in the range predicted by scientists a 2 degree Celsius increase in average global temperatures Even this modest rise would lead to catastrophic environmental and social problems Already we can see how it will work The ten warmest years since 1880 have all occurred since 1998, and one estimate of the annual global death toll caused by climate change is now 300,000 That number might rise to 500,000 by 2030 He shows in vivid detail how climate change is already playing out in the real world Rising seas will swamp island nations like Maldives coastal food producing regions in Bangladesh will be flooded and millions will be forced to migrate into cities or possibly climate refugee camps Even as seas rise, melting glaciers in the Andes and the Himalayas will deprive millions upon millions of people of fresh water, threatening major cities and further straining food production Prolonged droughts in the Sahel region of Africa have already helped produce mass violence in Darfur Clear, cogent, and compelling, Overheated shifts the discussion on climate change toward its devastating impact on human societies Two degrees Celsius seems such a minor change Yet it will change everything.

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    1. “Overheated provides a lucid vision of the catastrophic consequences we will face if we fail to transition away from a fossil fuel-based economy. What gives the book power is the perspective it provides, of a legal scholar who initially viewed climate change as an interesting topic for academic research, to a passionate advocate for tackling the greatest threat human civilization has yet faced. If you care about the future of our planet, read this book.”Michael E. Mann, Director of Penn Stat [...]

    2. Andrew Guzman's "Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change" is an excellent book for anyone interested in the straight forward science of Climate Change (in layman's terms) and the projected consequences of a milder Climate Change scenario. His is not a best case, or a worst case but a set of circumstance slightly better than what is most likely IF we can hold global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius - a window closing fast. But don't let the word "milder" fool you. By milder scenario, he [...]

    3. Climate change is one of the most difficult subjects to tackle, and I admire any writer who attempts it. Though the reality of climate change is not in doubt—repeat, NOT in doubt—so much of its impact is speculative. Scientists can predict the rise of sea levels, the melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice, more powerful hurricanes, and so on, but no one can say with certainty how these will affect humanity in any detail.In Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change, Andrew Guzman takes his be [...]

    4. For those who want to know some of the impacts of global warming, this is a good book. Like many books of this genre it is more a warning and we need to stop everything now book - so not terribly realistic. That said, it does a good job of exploring the various impacts that we will see in our lifetime as well as in centuries to come and it did a great job of painting that picture. So I found other books to fill in the adaptation and realistic response gaps that were not provided for in this book [...]

    5. An Empowering Book With Focus On The Consequences Humans Will Face In The Era Of Climate ChangeOverheated paints a picture of real threats to our lives and the consequences for real families in the US and around world. Guzman brings the climate change debate and its consequences home.Overheated is aimed at the reader who wants to understand the consequence that humans face in the era of global warming. Humans will be displaced, food and water shortages will trigger conflicts or wars, famine, and [...]

    6. New acronym for me: GHG (GreenHouse Gases). For the normal person concerned about climate change. This is a global problem requiring national and international actions. Reduction in GHG necessary, yesterday.Example of human impact, the contradictory too much and too little water. Smaller natural reserves (glaciers, ice caps) are reducing the amount of fresh water available each year for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning, etc. Meanwhile, rising sea water levels will soon cover parts of low lyi [...]

    7. This is a must read for every human, especially those with children and grandchildren. It is a geography/history lesson about human conflicts around the globe, and also a harbinger of what is to come if we don't address the warming of the climate and its devastating consequences. It is often said that there is a fine line between civilized behavior and chaotic behavior. This book demonstrates how easily that balance can he thrown off through the loss of water and food that we can potentially fac [...]

    8. This book is about climate change and we need to get our head out of the sand and start doing something about it. It is already too late now. The climate science says we will have a hotter world and will bring about unpredented migrations, famine, war and disease. Some island nations are already trying to find new countries to move to when their islands vanish. All over the world these changes are happening and people are fighting over water, land and food.

    9. A very readable overview of the potential impact of climate change, though on a pretty high level. The book is definitely targeted to people who do not typically read about climate change; if you're generally aware of the issues you probably won't find a lot of new information in this book.The writing was somewhat uneven. The author often tries to make his point through extended analogies when a clear explanation of the issue would have been sufficient and probably easier to understand.

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