Wallace-Wells, David, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming(Tim Duggan Books, 2019) 

The book opens with the line, “It is worse, much worse, than you think”. What then follows a relentless account of the harm we have done, are continuing to do, and plan to do to the planet.  The depressing facts are supported by published science and a brutally blunt 2018 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The book is an expanded version of what can only be called a bombshell article, also titled The Uninhabitable Earth, that appeared in New York Magazine in 2017.

Wallace-Wells speaks about his work at what appears to be a book signing. Right now, in Fall 2019, he is a hot (no pun) author, and there are many more video clips of him on YouTube.

Lynas, Mark,Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet(National Geographic Society, 2008)

Lynas outlines what to expect degree by devastating degree in a warming world based on the 5.8 degree Celsius rise in the Earth’s average temperature predicted for the end of this century.  Scary—to be read in small doses.

Or, one can watch the disasters in living color in the National Geographic TV movie Six degrees could change the world, for rent at Amazon.

Kolbert, Elizabeth, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (MacMillan 2015) Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner in General Nonfiction.

Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before.

Start with a lecture on the Sixth Extinction.


United Nations, Emissions Gap Report, Nov 2019, only available online as pdf file.

The report compares where greenhouse gas emissions are headed, against where they should be to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.  The predictions are dire.  The fact that the dire future is a few years away, not in 2050 or 2100, puts the report in the “doom” category.  The main web page is here.