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Feeling the Heat

Jim Motavalli
Price: $ 17.95

"This disturbing report, by a brilliant team of environmental journalists, portrays an industrial civilization on the verge of destroying its own conditions of existence. We are all captives, the authors warn us, on a runaway train. Can we change drivers soon enough to avoid the largest catastrophe in the last 10,000 years?"- Mike Davis, author of Ecology of Fear and Dead Cities

From the thawing Arctic to the rising shoreline of Manhattan, people are feeling the effects of global warming in ways hardly imagined just a few years ago. Feeling the Heat takes readers to the hot spots where global warming is not just a scientific debate but a matter of survival.

Richly illustrated with photographs from around the world, the book captures the most dramatic evidence from the front lines of climate change: the glaciers of Montana's Glacier National Park may well be gone in 30 years; Australia's Great Barrier Reef is threatened with extinction as warming waters kill coral around the world; the entire ocean nation of Fiji is disappearing under rising tides; breathing the air in southern India is equivalent to smoking twenty cigarettes a day. Even the retaining wall of the former World Trade Center--merely ten feet above sea level--may have to be raised before new construction can begin.

Many consequences are subtle and indirect, like the rise in malaria as mosquitoes proliferate or the increase in violent storms around the world. Traveling the globe with some of the world's most respected observers of global warming, Feeling the Heat is a vivid portrait of the people coping day to day with climactic disruptions.

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