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Escaping Nature: How to Survive Global Climate Change

Escaping Nature: How to Survive Global Climate Change

Author: Pilkey, Pilkey, Pilkey-Jarvis, Longo, Pilkey, Dodson, Hayes

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ISBN-13: 9781478025443

ISBN-10: 1478025441.0

Language: English


Industrial and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions are rapidly warming Earth's climate, unleashing rising seas, ocean acidification, melting permafrost, powerful storms, wildfires, floods, deadly heat waves, droughts, tsunamis, food shortages, reduced nutritional levels in crops, and armed conflict over shrinking water supplies. Billions of people will become climate refugees. Hotter temperatures will allow tropical diseases to spread into temperate regions. Higher levels of CO2, allergens, dust, and other particulate matter will impair our physical and mental health and even reduce our cognitive abilities. Climate change disproportionately affects the world's poor. It also harms Nature, and could ultimately trigger a sixth mass extinction. In Escaping Nature, Orrin H. Pilkey and his coauthors offer concrete suggestions for how to respond to the threats posed by global climate change. They argue that, while we wait for the world's governments to get serious about mitigating climate change, we can adapt to a hotter world through technological innovations, behavioral changes, nature-based solutions, political changes, and education.
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