339 pages, no illustrations
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.
Passionate and somber...[Hot's] urgent message is one that citizens and governments cannot afford to ignore.
- Boston Globe
"Informative and vividly reported book...passionate."
- San Francisco Chronicle
"[A] readable, passionate book ... persuasively argues that human survival depends on bottom-up, citizen-driven government action."
- Publishers Weekly
"Climate change is well underway, writes Hertsgaard, and we must begin to adapt to it even as we work to stop it... .The author's stated goal is to make readers feel hopeful so that they will act, but he is candid about his own lapses into despair... . Hopefully, this book will prompt readers to action. Starkly clear and of utmost importance."
- Kirkus Reviews (starred)
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Mark Hertsgaard, called 'one of America's finest reporters' by Barbara Ehrenreich, is the author of five previous books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including "On Bended Knee" and "Earth Odyssey".