The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

"The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon."--Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, "500-year" storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually.

This is only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await--food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today.

Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.

Title:The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
ISBN:9780525576709

    The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming Reviews

  • Lou

    The most accurate terminology to describe this book: absolutely terrifying. It has the same impact a fantastic horror movie or novel does but with one very important difference - THIS IS REAL. If this...

  • Radiantflux

    32nd book for 2019.Must read! Must read! Must read!Wallace-Wells shows in stunning detail just how bad the global neo-liberal consumption=happiness after-party is going to be, and just how soon the li...

  • David Wineberg

    The Uninhabitable Earth is not just depressing, David Wallace-Wells’ book is a merciless hammering of the reader, a bludgeoning to wake up to the horrors of climate change. It is both hard and unple...

  • Ryan Boissonneault

    Whether or not you will find this book valuable depends on what you’re looking for; if you’re interested in the science of, or evidence for, global warming, or in creative solutions to save the pl...

  • William

    David answers questions via Reddithttps://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comment...Pre-Review...Direct Heat Since 1980, the planet has experienced a fiftyfold increase in the number of dangerous [to human life...

  • Kaelan Ratcliffe??????? ??????????????? ????????

    ***** The End *****Its time for all of us to stop playing games.This book is a cascade of anxiety inducing; despair magnifying horror. I had an minor anxiety attack on the thirteenth page. Even Wallac...

  • Bonnye Reed

    GNab The most frightening thing about this book occurs early on. David Wallace-Wells is NOT an environmentalist, not a tree hugger, not one of us. And he is scared to death. He is frightened to the co...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    Covers climate change and the looming climate catastrophe from the angles that hit a modern reader in the affluent countries. It talks about the many dangerous effects of climate change that will be c...

  • Charlene

    This is journalism done (mostly) right. Not every journalist has the time to devote to a single subject. This is why, despite doing their best at covering various scientific papers in the media, journ...

  • Teresa Grabs

    The Uninhabitable Earth reminds me of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. There are a million things wrong with how humans use, and abuse, the natural world, but there are things that can be done. The over...