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Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth [Kindle Edition]

Mark Hertsgaard

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"Passionate and somber...[HOT's] urgent message is one that citizens and governments cannot afford to ignore." —Boston Globe

"Informative and vividly reported book...passionate." —San Francisco Chronicle

"[A] readable, passionate book . . . persuasively argues that human survival depends on bottom-up, citizen-driven government action." —Publishers Weekly

"Climate change is well underway, writes Hertsgaard, and we must begin to adapt to it even as we work to stop it....The author’s stated goal is to make readers feel hopeful so that they will act, but he is candid about his own lapses into despair. . . . Hopefully, this book will prompt readers to action. Starkly clear and of utmost importance." —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"In Hot, one of America's finest journalists confronts one of the world's most urgent problems. Hertsgaard cuts through the denial and disinformation about climate change, offering a clear, tough-minded view of our predicament. More important, he shows that the worst harms of global warming are not inevitable and outlines the steps that can help to avert disaster. Hot bravely takes aim at perhaps the greatest climate threat of all: apathy." —Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

"I know what you're thinking: The problem is so massive I can't bear to read any more about it. But you’re wrong. Mark Hertsgaard not only makes the workings of climate change clear, vivid and comprehensible but gives us some reasons for hope. Some of the ways to fight or adapt to global warming are simpler—and more unexpected—than you would think, and some of the places where these lessons are being applied you never would have guessed. Hot is a lively, personal, very human piece of reportage about an issue that will ever more be at the very center of our lives." —Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost

"Mark Hertsgaard is the master of a kind of travelogue reporting that lets you understand possibilities and problems in a deep way. But this time, one of the places he's traveling to is the near future, and the news he brings back is equal parts scary, invigorating, and full of challenge. This is an important book." —Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"Like the fairy tales that Mark reads to his daughter, Chiara, Hot is full of out-sized challenges and glimmers of hope. In this brilliant postcard from the year 2060, Mark explores a world that will be defined, for better or worse, by decisions made today as we conduct a massive planetary science experiment—one that future generations will grade us on." —Terry Tamminen, Secretary of the California EPA for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Kurzbeschreibung

A fresh take on climate change by a renowned journalist driven to protect his daughter, your kids, and the next generation who’ll inherit the problem
For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for outlets including the New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair, and The Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change had already arrived―a century earlier than forecast―with impacts bound to worsen for decades to come. Hertsgaard's daughter Chiara, now five years old, is part of what he has dubbed "Generation Hot"--the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with mounting climate disruption.
HOT is a father's cry against climate change, but most of the book focuses on solutions, offering a deeply reported blueprint for how all of us―as parents, communities, companies and countries―can navigate this unavoidable new era. Combining reporting from across the nation and around the world with personal reflections on his daughter’s future, Hertsgaard provides "pictures" of what is expected over the next fifty years: Chicago’s climate transformed to resemble Houston’s; dwindling water supplies and crop yields at home and abroad; the redesign of New York and other cities against mega-storms and sea-level rise. Above all, he shows who is taking wise, creative precautions. For in the end, HOT is a book about how we’ll survive.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Avoid the unmanageable, manage the unavoidable 11. Dezember 2010
Von Phelps Gates - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Hertsgaard's book distinguishes "mitigation" (reducing the amount of global warming, mostly by reducing carbon emissions) and "adaptation" (taking measures to deal with the climate change that's going to occur anyhow). The terminology is perhaps confusing (even to some of the reviewers here), since "mitigation" sounds like it refers to the latter. In any event, the book deals mostly with adaptation, since even in the best-case scenario it's now too late to prevent serious climate change effects: only the last chapter is concerned with the criminal neglect that's taken place over the last twenty years, and which seems to be continuing at Cancun now as I write this.

The author has done prodigious research into the topic, and presents it in a readable and convincing way, but perhaps the most important aspect of the book is the account of his travels in person to various areas. He gets a first-hand look at what the threats are, and what's being done (and not being done) in places such as Louisiana and Shanghai (doomed), the Bay Area and New York City (serious troubles ahead), Chicago, London, and the Seattle area (threatened but likely to pull through), and, ironically, the Netherlands, which seems to be in the best shape, thanks to serious planning efforts.

Climate change is taking place faster than expected and it's presenting much more serious problems. I hate to say this, but I feel some relief at the fact that I'm seventy years old with no children.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What does the future hold? 26. Januar 2011
Von Chris Jaronsky - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mark Hertsgaard is very worried about the world his daughter is going to inherit. And he should be worried.

This book is about global warming. I personally do not know if we are going to be ok in the long run, I can only base my decisions on what I see. And what I see tells me that things are going to get worse over the next few decades.

My brother is a hard-core anti global warming type of person. Whenever we get together he goes on his rant about how "global warming is a scam perpetrated by Al Gore." It would almost be funny if he was the only person that thinks that, but he is clearly not alone. Denying the danger will only make things worse.

I have read that the 10 hottest years globally have all occurred since 1998. Obviously that only takes into account the last few hundred years since man started recording temperature, but the outlook is not a happy one. I do not believe man caused this all by himself. I believe we are in a naturally occurring warming cycle, but due to pollution, deforestation, etc, man is making this condition worse. So believe what you want about global warming, the fact is things are getting hotter around here.

The author has many years of experience visiting and talking to people all over the world. He has documented what he sees and his prediction is that things are getting worse. He says there are many things we can do to prepare for the coming changes. So, do I believe a person that has documented and traveled the world, or do I believe my brother, who has only talked to his neighbors in New Jersey?

The author talks about simple things each of us can do. Light colored roofs do not absorb as much heat. If everyone did this the change could be significant. Should you paint your roof white? Probably not, especially if you live across the street from me. But if you have a flat roof, paint it. If you own a business with a flat roof, paint it. If you need to reshingle your roof, go with a much lighter color. How about the simple things like not wasting electricity? Install more energy efficient light bulbs. Simple change, but multiplied by the billions of people on earth and this could be a huge help. What about saving water? Now I am a little biased on this point. I spent years on a nuclear submarine and wasting water is almost as bad as stealing from your shipmates. I am brutal when it comes to saving water. We do three minute showers at my house. I installed water shutoffs on the showerheads so you can stop the flow of water while you lather up. I refuse to water my lawn. If God does not water it with rain, it turns brown. I do not fertilize it with chemicals because they run off and pollute streams. I have also cut out a little more lawn each year and planted more drought resistant plants. Will that save the world? Not by my actions alone, but what if we all did it? It would add up quickly.

One comment the author made is directed at people that live close to sea level, or directly in a waterfront home. He said to sell the property before the water levels rise too far and while there are still buyers. Now it is correct that this will not solve anything because the new homeowner will have to deal with the problem, but the point is it will not be you dealing with it. Prepare now. I don't mean you need to hoard food in your basement, but do something. Do at least one thing every single day. Even shutting off a light when you leave the room is something. And who knows, maybe my brother will buy your oceanfront house. He doesn't believe any of this stuff anyway.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An important, sober, yet hopeful must-read book 11. Dezember 2010
Von Diane Kistner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard is a thoughtful, pragmatic exploration of climate change impacts and what we can (and are) doing about them. Far from a dry, distant-seeming treatise, Hertsgaard's book has a real heart; he asks us to visualize along with him how his young daughter (and all of our children) will survive the myriad changes that are already locked-in and unstoppable. The challenge, Hertsgaard tells us, is to "avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable."

As the author points out, even among those who are not in denial about climate change, there is still confusion about the difference between mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation is what we do to try to prevent man-made global warming from proceeding apace. Adaptation is what we do to live with the consequences: the climate change that, in complex and interconnected ways, already is threatening our very ability to survive. Both approaches are critically important.

Hertsgaard devotes much of this book to presenting problems already being caused by climate change and showing how communities, businesses, and governments are responding. Unlike in the U.S., where climate change is still cast in an if-then light or denied outright by corporatist politicians, much of the world is now facing up to the dire facts. Some mitigation and adaptation efforts are doing more harm than good, but some (such as pro-business green development in Seattle, farmer-designed natural regeneration/agro-forestry [FMNR] in Africa, and far-sighted 200-year flood planning in the Netherlands) show much promise.

I found it hopeful that the huge global insurance industry already knows what is coming and is making decisions accordingly. This sometimes means refusing to insure people living in areas prone to major climate-driven devastation, but the actions of the insurance industry can be looked to as a barometer of what we need to do to adapt to climate change. Prudent risk management strategies on the part of businesses who are in the game for the long haul can help the planet as a whole adapt; self-interest, a powerful motivator, is not necessarily a dirty word.

Acceding the fact that most mitigation and adaptation efforts are large-scale/long-term and therefore must be subsidized by large corporations and governments, Hertsgaard also addresses what individuals can do. Learning about intercropping, permaculture, FMNR and other ways to build soil fertility to help store water and carbon is important. Growing some of our own food and supporting local farmers is something everyone can do. Becoming aware of how precious the water we use is and avoiding wasting it is essential if we are to survive. The interface between business and consumer is an area full of potential for adaptation. For example, I'm hoping we'll soon see reasonably priced family-use products such as biochar burners hit the market so folks can create their own carbon-sequestering/tilth-enhancing garden charcoal out of some of their waste.

As Darwin said, "It is not the strongest of the species that survives...nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change." Hertsgaard makes a strong case that, if humans are to survive, we must get busy NOW adapting to climate change that is already happening and cannot be stopped. This book goes a long way toward helping us think in those terms.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Important to read 13. Februar 2011
Von M. Hyman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book provides a general review of many of the problems that face us with climate change. It is written by the author to his daughter, with a perspective of the legacy we are passing on to our children and grandchildren by our inattention to environmental basics. The book is sobering, scary and at times hopeful. It shows how climate change is not only real, but it is happening far faster than some scientists had predicted. It covers the severe impact to many different countries in the world, as well as stories of how some places (e.g. Africa) are responding to help mitigate and how other places (e.g. the US) are in a mode of oil-company sponsored denial. It looks at regions (e.g. Seattle) that are ahead of the curve in environmental planning and others, such as Florida, that are woefully behind.

Altogether the message is clear. Climate change is going to have major impact and repercussions to how everyone on the planet lives (or doesn't) and acting to mitigate and plan is critical now. As the book notes, in the first 10 years of the century we've gone through 30 years worth of carbon damage if we want some modicum of hope to avoid catastrophe. We must act now.

The book is both a wake up call and a dirge, with very interesting concrete examples of what types of actions we can or shouldn't take, and the sad history of ignoring the problem.

The general voice the author takes is writing to his daughter. This is powerful at times, but to me at least, detracted heavily at the start of the book. But although I found the beginning a bit slow, the overall impact is very strong and a book i've bought for others to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A blunter James Hansen - what we must do to mitigate AND adapt 28. März 2011
Von S. J. Snyder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Reading this book, I wouldn't have blamed Hertsgaard for expressing more anger than he did, and by far.

Looking at the United States and its failures to date on both adaptation AND mitigation, the one "positive" think I can say I took away is that, outside of New Y ork City and the Pacific Northwest, other areas of the U.S. that will be hardest hit by climate change are red to screaming red states politically. That's right, Texas, Arizona, 20 years from now, I'll be enjoying a bit of Schadenfreude.

Speaking of that, I wish Hertsgaard would do a follow-up, with actual or fictitious kids for some of those spots, such as a six-year old kid from Houston (like New Orleans and the Netherlands, partially below sea level), to wonder about a big hurricane, or climate worse than New Delhi of today, 30 years from now. Or a 6-year-old in Phoenix, "enjoying" nights that never get below 100 degrees 30 years from now.

Otherwise, my header says it all -- selected places in the U.S., the Netherlands, the African Sahel, Shanghai, Bangladesh and m ore, Hertsgaard looks at what countries are and are not doing on both adaptation and mitigation and whether or not it will be enough, or even close to enough.

A must read.

And, Mark? Do the sequel I just suggested!
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