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The Uninhabitable Earth

Life After Warming
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New York Times Best Seller

"The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon." (Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon)

It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually. 

This is only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century. 

In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await - food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today. 

Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.

©2019 David Wallace-Wells (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critiques

"The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.... Wallace-Wells’ imagine-the-worst approach has become prescient.... I read it with an unfolding mix of horror and hopelessness, the way you might learn of a terminal diagnosis that affects yourself and your family and everyone else you might ever hope to know.” (Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times)

The Uninhabitable Earth is unabashedly pornographic. It is also riveting.... Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells’ outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too.” (The Economist)

"Most of us know the gist, if not the details, of the climate change crisis. And yet it is almost impossible to sustain strong feelings about it. David Wallace-Wells has now provided the details, and with writing that is not only clear and forceful, but often imaginative and even funny, he has found a way to make the information deeply felt. This is a profound book, which simultaneously makes me terrified and hopeful about the future, ashamed and proud of being a human." (Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated)

"David Wallace-Wells argues that the impacts of climate change will be much graver than most people realize, and he's right. The Uninhabitable Earth is a timely and provocative work." (Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction)

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  • Ricky
  • 17/03/2019

Don’t read if you have depressive tendencies.

The book is realistic about what is sure to come and it’s not good... at ALL. So stay away if you’re psychologically vulnerable.

But we stagnated even when we knew 100 years ago that pollution is not good and now it’s too late to avoid a significant catastrophic future.

He does a great job showing what’s to expect with 2-3 degrees of warming.

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  • Ray Clark
  • 21/02/2019

Excellent audio book. Will give to my grandchildren.

I am grandfather, I would hope that my grandchildren forgive me for not being a better steward of this earth. I can only hope that they can forsee the path they we have led them to and do something about it.

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  • Shawn
  • 06/03/2019

Painful but Necessary

The first 12 chapters describe how quickly we are destroying Earth's ability to support life. Then some intelligent thoughts about it. A touch of exaggeration, but not much. The one great improvement would have been having a professional reader.

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  • Joe Christensen
  • 08/04/2019

Classic mistake

The book is excellent ... at least, as good as a book involving the depressing subject matter found therein can be.

Sadly, the author missed the lesson of a lawyer who represents himself in court having a fool for a client. Listening to this audiobook is an experience in listening to the author's inner voice. Unfortunately, that inner voice does not translate well in performance. Badly broken up and over emphasized phrasing detracts from the experience of listening to the narrative, to the point where you turn it off repeatedly just to take a break from the effort to listen. Wallace-Wells would have been better off hiring a professional who better communicates the author's thoughts and ideas in a manner that illuminates, as opposed to detracting.

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  • Sabin Russell
  • 10/04/2019

Relevant

Many will criticize this book for the alarmist content held within, nevertheless this book is relevant. We need to be alarmed, we need to be scared, and we need to take action.

I hope many of you will listen, give this as a gift, and hold a conversation about life after global warming.

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  • Andy Miller
  • 18/03/2019

As amazing as it is terrifying!

I knew climate change was a cataclysmic problem but my god, David has designed the most circumspect, informative, technical, yet graspable and humanistic explanation of climate change I've ever heard. A true masterpiece.

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  • Mitchell L DeStigter
  • 12/03/2019

Very repetitive

This book appears to be an expansion on an article of the same name that the author did for the New York magazine in 2017. Unfortunately, the book just repeats itself over and over and over for 8.5 hours. The points made by the author are valid, but there is no structure to how they are presented. The book ends up being a repetitive jumble of mind numbing statistics with very little context or explanation, and no critical or contextual analysis. I agree with the message being presented, and really wanted to like this book. However, I should have saved myself 8 hours and just read the magazine article instead.

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  • Steven S. Crider
  • 18/03/2019

Wow. A book I really needed to read.

I have been doing what I do when faced with seemingly insurmountable problems: I to try to think about other things. But after reading this book I’m going to have a hard time thinking about anything else.

Well thought out and well written. Is a book that everybody should read.

I think the author did ok narrating but I only David McCullough can read his own books well; I prefer a professional narrator—thus three stars for narration.

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  • Skeptical DoDo
  • 04/03/2019

Disturbing

A good thorough review of all the literature on the subject. It is very disturbing as to our fate as a species and custodian of the planet. Time is very short and couple things to me, make me think it maybe impossible for us to fix it. Greed, power and denial, which he does very well in elucidating. Maybe we deserve it?

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  • Ginny
  • 26/03/2019

No answers

It would have been useful if instead of screaming about how we are all going to die, he actually took a position on how to live. This book is a waste of time after the first 10 minutes. "capitalism is endangered by climate" is not an answer. Much too cute. Republicans should not be blamed because we are all going to die anyway, and progressives should stop talking because we are all going to die anyway. I did not see a single suggestion. This is like Trump wanting to get rid of Obamacare without a clue as to replacement. Sad. Such an opportunity to help. Where are the proposals? They are not there.

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  • Sczech, Reinhard
  • 18/03/2019

Fridays for Future

Wer die Schülerstreiks verstehen will, sollte das hören.
Wir müssen handeln. Waiting for German translation.

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