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, wildfir "The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armagedd...

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Title:The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
Author:David Wallace-Wells
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Genres:Science
ISBN:The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:310 pages pages

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  • Dorothy
    Apr 03, 2019
    For someone who normally does not read a lot of nonfiction, it seems like I've already more than met my quota for 2019. And yet here I am with another one. This one has gotten quite a lot of notice and it is still in the top ten of best sellers in the country. But what a depressing ...
  • Max
    Apr 01, 2019
    I made it to roughly page 50 before the urge to give up overpowered anything else. This is a shockingly bad book, especially given how necessary its warnings are. Every sentence is unnecessarily convoluted; every paragraph is more disjointed and baffling than the next. It's virtually i...
  • Tfalcone
    Jan 03, 2019
    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. This book should scare you to death and I am almost glad that I am an older human and probably won't be around for many of the predicted events. Heat death, droughts, floodings, drownings, crop failure...the list goes on. The only thing that g...
  • Charlene
    Mar 18, 2019
    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, journalists often get the details wrong. They create headlines that are sensational or repr...
  • Lucas
    Jan 22, 2019
    Well, shit. The number of books laying out how bad (and in how many ways) it is about to get will only keep growing, but this one does it well enough that I could see it setting the standard for a while. Aside from providing a succinct summary of the Very Bad News ("If you have mad...
  • Rebecca
    Apr 12, 2019
    All told, this is really not as pessimistic as it could be. Nor is it alarmist. Just realist. The author encourages action instead than despair. He?s a journalist rather than a scientist; here he helpfully distills the undeniable science of climate change, going system by system to s...
  • Malia
    Mar 30, 2019
    This is a must-read! The book rattled me (how could it be any other way with a title like Uninhabitable Earth), but maybe that's important given the current situation. I need to think about this for a while longer before I can write a better review, but I certainly recommend it! Fin...
  • Mack Hayden
    Apr 03, 2019
    Good Lord, this is a bleak book. While Wallace-Wells still leaves room for improvement on climate change, it's fairly obvious we're nowhere near a place as a planet to take the sweeping action necessary. This is a catalogue of catastrophes yet to come and it's worth reading just to hav...
  • Michael Ferro
    Apr 04, 2019
    It is no secret that the human race is hellbent on destroying itself; we invite our own person apocalypse every day that we sit and do nothing. But just how hard will it be for humans to change their ways? What does the future hold in store on this rapidly warming planet if we don't ch...
  • Whitney Milam
    Mar 09, 2019
    The most important book anyone could be reading right now. The emergent portrait of suffering is, I hope, horrifying. It is also, entirely, elective. If we allow global warming to proceed, and to punish us with all the ferocity we have fed it, it will be because we have chosen that ...
  • Jan
    Apr 01, 2019
    A solid compendium by a journalist rather than a scientist of how climate change is already affecting us and what further warming will bring. Some of the writing obscures rather than clarifies, but the first half of the book particularly provides some serious food for thought. ...
  • Tammam Aloudat
    Mar 18, 2019
    It should be the case that hope is a stronger motivator for change than fear, but if fear would ever work, it would be the kind of unrelenting, aggressive, and totally real fear this book imposes. I had a horrified expression throughout and it is still imprinted on my face. Global w...
  • Hayley
    Apr 03, 2019
    Terrifying look at what climate change will do to all life on this planet. ...
  • Bonnye Reed
    Jan 05, 2019
    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 core, just as we baby boomer earth-mothers are. This is a book to open the eyes of those...
  • Frederick Gault
    Mar 26, 2019
    The author talks about humanity's existential threats, but also how humans respond to this really urgent news. Some don't want to know, others lapse into despair. The author does a good job of pointing out that our future is really unknown. Most importantly, how will humans behave ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Feb 28, 2019
    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 coming to a town near you. It covers our politics that seems paralyzed around this exis...
  • James
    Mar 28, 2019
    The Uninhabitable Earth reveals the true pace and severity of climate change. The damage we?ve inflicted upon Earth and its ecosystemsts to date is frightening; I had no comprehension whatsoever of how bad circumstances have become, and yet the consequences we see and feel today pale...
  • Xtine
    Mar 16, 2019
    Covers similar ground as Naomi Klein?s book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, but with less depth & specificity and zero action plan. In spite of pooh-poohing everything from individual lifestyle choices to climate-first candidates, with a ton of what-about-...
  • Radiantflux
    Feb 20, 2019
    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 lights are going to come on. We are currently at 1-degree warming. We are goi...
  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Feb 21, 2019
    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 planet, then you are bound to be, like me, disappointed. The book, rather, focuses a...
  • Lance L
    Mar 11, 2019
    Three and a half stars This is either preaching to the choir or howling into the void, depending on the reader. Which is to say, none of this is new, all of it is important, and it won?t make a damn bit of difference because if you still need this book at this time then you?re n...
  • David Wineberg
    Dec 28, 2018
    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 unpleasant to read. Two-thirds through, Wallace unexpectedly pauses to say ?If you have m...
  • Kaelan Ratcliffe▪Κάϊλαν Ράτκλιφ▪كايِلان راتكِليف
    Mar 09, 2019
    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 Wallace-Wells (the author) commends his readers for reaching a certain stage within his exte...
  • William
    Feb 15, 2019
    David answers questions via Reddit https://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] heat waves; a bigger increase is to come. Food as Pollution To avoi...
  • Jackie
    Mar 14, 2019
    Very interesting read. Enjoyed it a lot ...
  • Lou
    Feb 18, 2019
    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 doesn't wake earth's inhabitants up to our self-made, self-inflicted impending doom I...
  • Donna Hines
    Jan 31, 2019
    It's not about invoking panic but it's about saving what we have. This is about climate change not weather changes so please know the difference and tell our President! https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... If you're not on board you should be as it's detrimental to not only the ...
  • Erin Lassoff
    Mar 26, 2019
    I really wanted to like this book but the author makes some really strange assumptions and leaps. For example early on he said he doesn't want to give up (or reduce) meat because it's tasty and he is offended by the idea that chimpanzees could have equal rights to humans when woman and...
  • Teresa Grabs
    Feb 02, 2019
    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 overall writing style makes a dull story, but the content made me want to keep reading. ...
  • Adam Johnson
    Feb 27, 2019
    I have tried to read this book through and found it incredibly infuriating. So much so that I had to stop a close reading after a third of the book repeated the same old litany again and again. I skimmed the rest, pausing on sections that might conceivably have shifted the narrative bu...