Very interesting and well researched information on what will happen due to climate change However, I have determined that this is a terrible book to read right before bed. This is a scary book It s scary because what Ward describes is our future if we don t do anything to lower our carbon foot print Ward is a realist He does not see the political will to act on carbon lowering tech and therefore our oceans will rise The worst part is that once they have risen the ocean currents will most likely stop My great grand children may have to deal with a world that has not only lost a large part of it s arable land but also with a hypoxic ocean An ocean that has hydrogen sulfide gas in it than oxygen is an algae plume ocean It s an ocean than can not support fish as we know it but does support deadly red tide algae The good news is that the planets population by then will be down to just a few million souls and their life will be very hard Ward does make the point that we have time right now and even gives several scenarios where we wake up and cut carbon emissions But his last scenario is a dark world of the future where our descendants struggle and the world is submerged Maybe it s what our species deserves for being such poor stewards of the planet Or we can become better stewards and keep CO2 levels from climbing over 470ppm AT the time of his writing this book we sat at 380ppm Today we sit at 400ppm just seven years later The affects Ward describes as happening in 2050 are starting to happen now The global temperature is increasing faster than ICC 4 expected and ICC 5 s, The Paris Accords, estimates are lowballed at best and maybe flat lies at worst Heating is happening faster today than seven years ago as carbon is pumped into the atmosphere Greenland is melting faster than seven years ago estimates Antarctica ice sheets are collapsing faster than estimated seven years ago and the ocean can not accept all this fresh water with out affecting the conveyor currents that keep the deep oxygenated All this is spelled out in Flooded Earth and the affects will happen sooner than expected My grand daughter and grandson WILL have to deal with these affects and so will yours Think about it. Last week, a chunk of ice four times as large as Manhattan Island broke off the tongue of the Petermann Glacier in Greenland and went swimming in the sea For me, immersed in The Flooded Earth Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps, it was striking evidence of what Peter D Ward writes about the loss of the polar icecaps and the melting of ice sheets and glaciers, caused by rising global temperatures At the same time, Russia was experiencing its worst drought and heat wave in recorded history, further evidence of the erratic weather created by warming Ward, a paleontologist who has studied the rise and retreat of ancient oceans and the mass extinctions related to ocean rise, knows what he s talking about, and his book is a full treatment at least for the general reader of the science behind his basic argument that the oceans are rising and will continue to rise unless humans reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.What I found most interesting about Ward s book and perhaps most compelling, for many readers are the dramatic fictionalizations of the impacts of greenhouse gases that appear at the beginning of each chapter Chapter One opens in the drowning city of Miami, in 2120, with CO2 at 800 ppm and Miami joining New Orleans and Galveston as abandoned cities Chapter Three beings in Tunisia in 2060 CE, with carbon dioxide at 500 ppm and features I suspect Ward himself, by this time an old geologist who studies evidence of mass extinctions Food for the still rising population is scarce, transportation fuel is not available for personal use, and the study of the past is a luxury that society can no longer afford Chapter Four is set in the Sacramento Valley in 2135, with CO2 at 800 ppm, the rivers dried up by drought, the ocean invading the valleys and salt polluting the land and aquifers, agricultural land ruined These dramatizations illustrate the arguments made in the chapter and allow Ward to say Listen up, learn, take action or this is our future Ward acknowledges that he and all the other scientists who are bringing this hugely important issue to our attention are considered Cassndras I am not sure what a Cassandra is, he adds But I know what I indeed am scared The message of this book If you re not scared, too, you should be scared enough to join those who are attempting to reduce CO2 to 350 ppm Ward himself is not optimistic about the prospect of forestalling calamity, but outlines some climate protecting strategies and technologies that might help, if they are implemented very soon His conclusion isn t hopeful but realism is what we need now, not glib answers or false hopes This book delivers that terrifying message better than anything else I ve yet to read. Peter Ward is one of the top Paleoclimatologists in the world and anything you can read albeit not the easiest reads is worthwhile his insights into climate and dissecting the ancient record and analysis of Ipcc reports is definitely worth the price In this his most recent work he covers all the important aspects of the climate debate and even some not so well known issues such as the effect storm surge will have in inundated freshwater deltas with salt water and the destruction to habitat and agriculture this could lead to he shows in this book that he really cares and think his readers should to in this latest volume I enjoy his books even if they are a little repetitive and convoluted at times Highly recommend this for those looking for a detailed aspect of some of the lesser known issues that a changing climate can have on the Earth and all its inhabitants. Scared the hell out of meThe author does provide hope for humanity We need to change.today At least my household can be changed, for better or worse. Ward makes a good case for why we re headed for total disaster But he should be rebuked for inventing futuristic scenarios in which First Nation Canadians kidnap tar sands oil workers to stop the environmental devastation In other words, Indigenous peoples resort to terrorism rather than the peaceful protests they lead in reality today Similarly, Ward brushes aside UN predictions that the world population is going to go down in order to scare white readers by comparing US and European birth rates with the birth rates of Africans Oddly enough, he never suggests that if Europeans aren t reproducing fast enough to maintain their population that they could admit immigrants from Africa instead of letting them drown in the Mediterranean Without a grounding in anti racist politics, which explains both environmental destruction and the poverty of the developing world as the result of the rise and decay of capitalism, Ward s book could end up as fuel for the ideological fires of white supremacist but green survivalists I m really sick of books fiction and nonfiction that frighten US and European readers with racist dystopian images of the global north being overrun by the dark global south and of billions of Chinese and Indian middle class masses driving cars and enjoying air conditioning This, some authors contend, is going to drive us over the edge.A responsible writer would create images of people organizing across national, ethnic and religious lines and ending this insane for profit system that drives the oil and gas industry Visions of an earth based, socialist society will propel people to move forward Cheap appeals to fear will not 50 million people died in World War 2, but still the US spends half its money on arms Take all the money spent world wide on arms and cyber security this alone costs 70 billion dollars a year and take the profit out of growth and we could actually put the brakes on global warming. Gelecek hakk nda bir fikrinizi olsun. Squarely between 3 4 stars.Ward is a gifted writer and scientist, but here, I felt like he was trying to stretch a strong premise too far That global warming and human caused climate change is a topic of valid discussion and concern is of no argument His five into how we got here and, as of seven years ago, how we might dig out, is engagingbut repetitive It s a lean book as is, but judicious editing might trim 20 30 pages, a few from each chapter that recapped regurgitated earlier material.Editing aside, the content and core message are both as timely now as in 2009, perhaps so.I d love for him to do a ten years later edition in 2019, see how the wheel s turned. Sea Level Rise Will Happen No Matter What We Do Even If We Stopped All Carbon Dioxide Emissions Today, The Seas Would Rise One Meter By And Three Meters By This Not Drought, Species Extinction, Or Excessive Heat Waves Will Be The Most Catastrophic Effect Of Global Warming And It Won T Simply Redraw Our Coastlines Agriculture, Electrical And Fiber Optic Systems, And Shipping Will Be Changed Forever As Icebound Regions Melt, New Sources Of Oil, Gas, Minerals, And Arable Land Will Be Revealed, As Will Fierce Geopolitical Battles Over Who Owns The Rights To ThemIn The Flooded Earth, Species Extinction Expert Peter Ward Describes In Intricate Detail What Our World Will Look Like In , And Beyond A Blueprint For A Foreseeable Future Ward Also Explains What Politicians And Policymakers Around The World Should Be Doing Now To Head Off The Worst Consequences Of An Inevitable Transformation This is the first book I ve read on the effects of climate change, although I ve read many articles in various periodicals and newspapers on the subject I learned a great deal from Dr Ward s book which dealt primarily with the effects of the rising level of the oceans and the effects of their increasing acidification I found the research done on previous periods of warming presented in the book explained much that is just headline material in shorter articles For example, anyone who has read anything on this subject has probably heard about the cessation of the movement of the Gulf Stream Dr Ward explains why this could happen, completely backed up with historical and scientific evidence He also stresses the loss of prime agricultural land from the incursion of salt water into the soils near the coasts of various countries, and into the entire Central Valley of California through their irrigation system I did appreciate that he addressed the numerous climate change related problems caused by ever increasing overpopulation I don t see that enough in the popular press quite the reverse There is currently handwringing about falling birth rates in some countries than exploding numbers of humans worldwide One issue I would like to have seen the author at least mention with respect to the potential catastrophes he describes is the conflicts that will inevitably arise due to shortages of water, food, and habitable land He postulates that the human race could be rendered extinct within the next few centuries if nothing is done about the increasing level of carbon dioxide in the earth s atmosphere I think that we probably will have killed almost everyone off before that time when the inevitable conflicts escalate to the use of nuclear weapons I recommend this book as a good place to start on this issue as it is a gripping read while being thoroughly researched This is a topic which all humans avoid at their peril and the peril of their children and grandchildren.
Peter Douglas Ward born 1949 is an American paleontologist and professor of Biology and of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle He has written popular numerous science works for a general audience and is also an adviser to the Microbes Mind Forum.His parents, Joseph and Ruth Ward, moved to Seattle following World War II Ward grew up in the Seward Park neighborhood
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- The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps
- Peter D. Ward
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