Hot by Mark Hertsgaard
Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

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A fresh take on climate change by a renowned journalist driven to protect his daughter, your kids, and the next generation who’ll inherit the problem
For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for outlets including the New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair, and The Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change had already arrived―a century earlier than forecast―with impacts bound to worsen for decades to come. Hertsgaard's daughter Chiara, now five years old, is part of what he has dubbed "Generation Hot"--the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with mounting climate disruption.
HOT is a father's cry against climate change, but most of the book focuses on solutions, offering a deeply reported blueprint for how all of us―as parents, communities, companies and countries―can navigate this unavoidable new era. Combining reporting from across the nation and around the world with personal reflections on his daughter’s future, Hertsgaard provides "pictures" of what is expected over the next fifty years: Chicago’s climate transformed to resemble Houston’s; dwindling water supplies and crop yields at home and abroad; the redesign of New York and other cities against mega-storms and sea-level rise. Above all, he shows who is taking wise, creative precautions. For in the end, HOT is a book about how we’ll survive.

About Mark Hertsgaard

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Mark Hertsgaard is the author of three previous books, in-cluding On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has contributed to the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Outside, Vanity Fair, the Nation, and numerous other publications at home and abroad. He teaches nonfiction writing at Johns Hopkins University and lives near Washington, D. C.
Published January 19, 2011 by Mariner Books. 354 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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While global warming is a “terrible injustice” because it “punishes the world’s poor first and worst, even though they did almost nothing to bring it on,” Hertsgaard finds that “even wealthy, technologically advanced societies will find it enormously challenging to defend themselves.” The author’...

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But most important, what Hertsgaard finds is that the ability to adapt to climate change depends as much on “social context” — defined as “the mix of public attitudes, cultural habits, political tendencies, economic interests and civic procedures” — as on wealth and technological sophistication.

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Christian Science Monitor

A parent looks ahead to understand what life on a warmer planet Earth will be like for his daughter.

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San Francisco Chronicle

TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Shaun Tandon (FILE) Activists of Greenpeace perform their symbolic "Sinking Icons" activity, by submerging icons of world famous buildings, in Cancun, Mexico, on December 8, 2010 during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-16).

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It's much too late to avoid consequences, as Hertsgaard makes clear: "Even if global emissions had been capped in the year 2000, the temperature rise already locked in to the system would cause glaciers to shrink and polar ice to keep melting for hundreds of years and oceans to keep expanding for...

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According to Hertsgaard, even if we swore off fossil fuels within 25 years, because of carbon amassed in the atmosphere, the planet would still face "at least 50 more years of intensifying summer heat, dwindling water supplies, and persistent droughts like the one fuelling civil war in Darfur".

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And as David King explained, once climate change gets triggered, it can’t be turned off quickly. As a result, my daughter and the other two billion young people of Generation Hot are destined to live with rising temperatures and stronger climate impacts for the rest of their lives.

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Mark Hertsgaard has been covering the environmental beat for more than 15 years, writing for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Time, and working on his own books.

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