High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis

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Macmillan, 2003 - Nature - 345 pages
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"President Bush and his Administration have risen to the global warming challenge with responses ranging from obfuscation to pretense to outright denial...I'd like to issue each and every one of them a challenge. Come with me--see what I have seen--and try to understand what global warming really means for us and for our children. Leave Washington and travel to the places I have visited..."--From the Preface

A glacier disappears high in the Peruvian Andes. Floodwaters surge across the English countryside. Ten thousand Pacific Islanders begin to evacuate their homeland. A dust storm turns day into night across the Inner Mongolian plains. These events may seem unrelated, but they are not. Even as scientists and other experts debate the specifics, climate crisis is already affecting the lives of millions.

In this ground-breaking book, Mark Lynas reveals the first evidence--collected during an epic three-year journey across five continents--about how global warming is hitting people's lives all around the world. From American hurricane chasers to Mongolian herders, from Alaskan Eskimos to South Sea islanders, Lynas's encounters and discoveries give us a stark warning about the even worse dangers that lie ahead if nothing is done.

High Tide's message is urgent and its revelations are at once shocking and inspiring--shocking as so few of us yet realize the magnitude of what’s happening, and inspiring as there is still time to avert much greater catastrophe. No one who reads this book will be able to look their children in the eyes and say "I didn’t know."

As global temperatures soar to record levels, Lynas bears witness to:

- CRIPPLING DROUGHT: China's Yellow River no longer reaches the sea for half the year, and villages across the north of the country are disappearing under advancing sand dunes

- BAKED ALASKA: Permafrost is melting, leaving houses, roads and whole forests sucked into the thawing ground. Winter is in retreat, leaving animals confused and Native Alaskan people without a livelihood

- DISAPPEARING GLACIERS: Every glaciated mountain range on Earth is experiencing massive ice losses. Montana's Glacier National Park has lost 100 glaciers in the last century; only 50 remain. Water supplies to hundreds of millions of people--from Peru to Pakistan--are threatened

- HIGH TIDES: Islanders on the tiny South Pacific nation of Tuvalu are already leaving their homeland as rising sea levels engulf their atolls. Today 70 percent of the world’s sandy shorelines are retreating; up to 90 percent of the beaches on the Eastern U.S. seaboard are eroding fast

- CATASTROPHIC FLOODS: English villagers now talk about a "wet season" rather than a winter. Heavier rainfall is now falling across the global mid-latitudes, from the continental U.S. to Russia, sparking devastating floods on an ever more frequent basis.
  

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Contents

They would be in your hair and eyes youd have
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during the first ninety
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On the way back we detoured via Pump Station One
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with a mocking grin You sure youre not from
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In my last stop before leaving Alaska I was particularly
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survive She sighed I agree with you If I knew
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Pacific Paradise Lost
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cultureless and uprooted in a foreign country or stay on
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turned around and together we headed back down to
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suddenly realised what was going on The final pilgrimage
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inexhaustible lines For a while I just sat there whilst
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away from the lake but its complete
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days afterwards kept breaking out into sudden smiles of
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Feeling the Heat
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And then after a few more sentences having made their
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its crucial to remember that the least likely option of
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This is the fatele he went on It means make
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next to it washing clothes and keeping an eye on
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as the evening drew on I decided that I had
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on and went back to lie in the lagoon which
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that it seemed to shake her elfin form from stem
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believe it he declared brandishing his Bible at me and
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Red Clouds in China
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in the 1980s and twentythree in the 1990s In the
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HIGH TIDE
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Hurricane USA
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telegram A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is IN EFFECT FROM
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With evening approaching we decided to go our
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Caribbean Td venture a storm developing and maybe
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increased by over thirty per cent We think whats going
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fragile Bangladeshi coast Once it hit there was nothing
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Perus Melting Point
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on in 1980 I stole a look at them every
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people had been talking about how the sacred glaciers were
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altitude leafing through a book hed brought with him
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particularly of the private sector corporations that stood to
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so On the eve of Thanksgiving he drawled pumpkin pie
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The proposed agreement neglected to rule out nuclear
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Some seasoned conferencewatchers were still guardedly
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a process it doesnt end Each meeting bears its
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A new period of brinkmanship was opening up When I
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ground they wanted There is no reason for the US
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rumour was that only the Japanese were now standing in
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Then speakers from the floor took turns first
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happening into the popular media The sceptics are
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In the meantime to begin the halting first steps towards
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action and targets range from governments whose export
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PARTING WORDS
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Six Degrees
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Campaigns and Contacts
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Rising Tide
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RESOURCES
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Climatic Research Unit University of East Anglia UK
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Notes
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About the author (2003)

Mark Lynas is a journalist, campaigner and broadcast commentator on environmental issues. He is a contributor to the New Statesman, Ecologist, Granta and Geographical magazines, and the Guardian and Observer in the UK. He lives in Oxford, England.

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