I read the book Boiling Point by Gelbspan... highly recommend you all read it too asap, it's short and cheap, and it's not as depressing as it sounds. Everyone should read this book if you're interested in the future of civilization.
A few random quotes:
"Many activists today are promoting the use of energy-efficient lightbulbs, carpooling, and other climate-conscious lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, these strategies, even under the most wildly optimistic scenarios, fall far short of nature's requirement that we cut our consumption of coal and oil by 70 percent."
"Our climate is capable of immense and wildly disruptive surprises. Every day, those surprises seem progressively more likely than not. Not only are we gambling with our future, we are gambling with our eyes blindfolded. We can't even see the cards we've been dealt."
"Although the disappearance of the glaciers is visually striking, its importance may be overshadowed by a less visible but more pervasive consequence of atmospheric warming. All over the world, species are traveling toward the poles in an effort to maintain temperature stability."
"There is only one chance in 100 that the rate of warming will be less than double the warming rate of the last 100 years – and a 99 percent probability that it will exceed double the past warming rate ... The most likely estimate of warming between [now] and 2100 is 5.5 degrees F. This is five times the warming rate experienced over the past 100 years. At the high end, there is a five percent chance that the warming could be more than eight times the warming rate of the past century."
"In this immense drama of uncertain outcome, this much is true: A major discontinuity is inevitable. The collective life we have lived as a species for thousands of years will not continue long into the future. We will either see the fabric of civilization unravel under the onslaught of an increasingly unstable climate – or else we will use the construction of a new global energy infrastructure to begin to forge a new set of global relationships.
If we are truly lucky – and visionary enough – those new relationships will differ dramatically from what we have known throughout our recorded history. They will be based far less on what divides us as a species and far more on what unites us. Embedded in the gathering fury of nature is a hidden gift – an opportunity to begin to redeem an increasingly fragmented world.
The alternative is a certain and rapid decent into climate hell."
And I'm only on page 33.... http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redir ... 046502761X
Al Gore reviewed Boiling Point in the New York Times
http://www.heatisonline.org/contentserv ... ethod=full
Feel free to post your thoughts after you read it here.
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