Turned Out Nice by Marek Kohn

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There will be overcrowding, and God knows how many climate change migrants. And all this, or something like it, is going to happen. Don't think it won't. Buy this book for your children.
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Marek Kohn's Turned Out Nice is nothing less than a portrait of Britain (and Ireland) a hundred years in the future, based on scientific evidence surrounding climate change that is available to us now. Beautifully written, and imbued with a love of these islands' unique landscapes, it will change they way you think about the climate and global warming.

It is not an alarmist tract. Kohn is a fiercely honest writer and a biologist by training. He makes it clear that some parts of Britain will be more like the nicer regions of today's Mediterranean. But we will pay a price for this good fortune. Our parks will be arid brown fields; private automobile use will probably be unheard of; water will be severely rationed; significant stretches of our beloved coastline will have been sacrificed to the sea. Floods on these coasts and in certain river valleys will make them uninhabitable. Some of our flora and fauna will have vanished; exotic animals and pests will flourish. Vast numbers of marginalised human migrants will be here. Surveillance and restriction of our movements will be taken for granted. Walking in what is left of 'nature' will be nearly impossible. Terrible summer fires in our upland areas will be commonplace. As the severe flooding in Somerset shows, Turned Out Nice is more relevant than ever: it is a report from the near future that we cannot afford to ignore.

 

About Marek Kohn

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Marek Kohn is the author of The Race Gallery, A Reason for Everything, Dope Girls and Trust. He lives in Sussex. Kohn is a wonderful writer, said AC Grayling, and Andrew Brown called him one of the best of our science writers.
 
Published June 3, 2010 by Faber & Faber. 384 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jul 07 2011

There will be overcrowding, and God knows how many climate change migrants. And all this, or something like it, is going to happen. Don't think it won't. Buy this book for your children.

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