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David Wallace-Wells

Autor(a) de The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
The Best American Magazine Writing 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares


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Cité par Jean-Michel Valentin dans un podcast Youtube de Sismique (julien devaureix) ( https://youtu.be/TLTSynfXY_k?si=8Kl38itM-qPjZ30p )
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De JM Valentin : " ...s'imprégner du sentiment d'urgence...il va au bout du raisonnement sur la crise bioclimatique...si les pb du changement climatique et de la crise de la biodiversité ne sont pas maîtrisés on va vers une Terre qui sera inhabitable dans quelques dizaines d'années...)

Jean-Michel Valantin est docteur en études stratégiques et sociologie de la défense, spécialiste de la stratégie américaine, et chercheur au Centre interdisciplinaire de recherches sur la paix et d'études stratégiques. Il est également essayiste et a publié récemment plusieurs livres qui traitent des liens entre la géopolitique et les crises écologiques, climatiques et énergétiques qui se développent.
Les changements géophysiques et la crise biologique planétaires en cours sont autant de facteurs de bouleversements géopolitiques rapides, massifs et brutaux. Un nouveau paysage géopolitique et stratégique émerge, marqué par la combinaison du changement climatique et de ses effets systémiques, comme les migrations de masse, la compétition mondiale pour les ressources et la crise des régimes contemporains.
Dans cet épisode j’interroge Jean-Michel sur sa vision des grands enjeux alors que le phénomène climatique El Nino nous fait expérimenter à quoi ressemble une planète dont la température moyenne dépasse de 1,5 degrés celle de l'ère pré-industrielle.
On parle du jeu des nations et des règles de la géopolitique, du nouvel ordre mondial qui se met en place, du pivot en cours au moyen orient, des stratégies de la Chine pour sécuriser les approvisionnement pour l’avenir, de la place de USA et de l’Europe dans cette bataille pour les ressources, de la nouvelle donne climatique et écologique, de l’anticipation par la Chine de ces nouveaux risques, de la crise de l’eau qui se profile aux USA et dans le Sud de l’Europe, et de la nécessaire anticipation des nations.
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jmv55 | May 22, 2024 |
--David Wallace-Wells is a journalist, author, and deputy editor of New York magazine. His book The Uninhabitable Earth contains a worrying message for readers. It will make many reassess their opinions on climate change, the burning of carbon fuels and the future of the Earth. Wallace-Wells presents a story of a not-so-distant future global society that differs significantly from the twentieth-century one of our parents and grandparents. Indeed, because of climate change, socioeconomic progress is being rethought as a concept. The book is, firstly, a wake-up call about the ecological crises primarily caused by humans (and includes scientific research about the impact of global warming on all our societies). Secondly, the book contemplates how we understand or fail to comprehend today’s and tomorrow’s climate change threats.
--The unfolding speed of climate change and how individuals, societies, and governments could respond to it are discussed in mainstream media and national debates. We regularly view televised news stories about wildfires, floods, droughts, mutating infectious diseases, and ruined crops. All of these are connected to changing weather patterns and climate change. Not to mention climate change-induced human migration, which sees people move from their homelands to safer countries looking for work and a new life. However, the sheer scale of climate change means the significance of individual stories is lost. Our human minds struggle to comprehend the problems and find it easier not to think about climate change or dismiss it as an exaggerated problem. Wallace-Wells investigates the ‘collective understanding’ of the global threats of increasing temperature for nature, humanity, our economies and societies. Based on a temperature increase of 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius, the picture of the future will see global societies emerge that function very differently from the current ones.
--In light of this, the book’s central argument accounts for the ‘human costs of human life continuing as it has for a generation’ and ‘what ongoing global warming spells for public health, for conflict, for politics and food production and pop culture, for urban life and mental health and the way we imagine our own futures as we begin to perceive, all around us, an acceleration of history and the diminishing of possibility that acceleration likely brings’ (pp.35-36).
--The book’s research originates from ‘interviews with dozens of experts’ and from reading hundreds of scholarly papers (p.35). Wallace-Wells highlights the book’s scientific research approach; however, he acknowledges that future events are unpredictable and science cannot predict the future. Instead, the science is ‘tentative, ever-evolving, and some of the predictions that follow will surely not come precisely to pass’ (p.35). In addition, the author declares that future scenarios of a ‘human-engineered’ climate analysed in the book focus on a temperature of 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius warmer. However, comments also discuss the consequences of higher temperatures (possibly 3 to 6 degrees Celsius).
--Still, Wallace-Wells remains somewhat 'optimistic' about the future while aware of and concerned about the growing ecological problems. For instance, carbon capture technology and geoengineering might assist us in cooling the planet. So, the author says, we should prepare for a ‘grim’ future, not an ‘apocalyptic’ one (p.31). Wallace-Wells comments that we should take responsibility for alleviating the causes and challenges of climate change. By doing so, we are helping ourselves and future generations (p.31).
--Wallace-Wells explains climate change as happening in a cascade-like fashion (also known as ‘systems crises’). It is something already underway. The author says the ‘cascades’ will occur at the global and regional levels but will be difficult to predict. The changes will not be ‘discrete’ (p. 20); ‘Instead they will produce a new kind of cascading violence, waterfalls and avalanches of devastation… in ways that build on each other and undermine our ability to respond, uprooting much of the landscape we have taken for granted, for centuries, as the stable foundation on which we walk’ (p. 21). Living outside of our historical environmental conditions, the ones we evolved in biologically, culturally and socially, is explored by Wallace-Wells: this ‘...reckoning is the subject of this book’ (p. 35).
--The book consists of four parts and 12 chapters. Part One (‘Cascades’) introduces Wallace-Wells’s main argument. Part Two (‘Elements of Chaos’) unpacks this argument and delves into several interrelated consequences linked with climate change. These short but well-argued topics are rising temperatures and heat deaths; agriculture, food production and hunger; rising sea levels and flooding; wildfires; increasing natural disasters; freshwater shortage and pollution problems; dying oceans; air pollution and the quality of life; economic demise; climate-induced conflicts; and systems crises.
--Part Three (‘The Climate Kaleidoscope’) looks at how our lives will have to radically change and adapt to the challenges caused by long-term fossil fuel burning. The topics cover how we make sense of our natural world and climate change through stories in movies, literature and journalism, the problems capitalists have with nature, the impact of technology, mass consumption, and ethics and climate change. Lastly, Part Four (‘The Anthropic Principle’) highlights how global societies and governments are better informed about addressing ecological problems should they wish to mobilise and implement policies accordingly.
--The single weakness of the book is the repetition in Part One. Nevertheless, Wallace-Wells’s strength is his message’s broad analysis. In summary, The Uninhabitable Earth (and Wallace-Wells’s recent observations) argue that Planet Earth is approximately 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer today than before Britain’s 1760 to 1840 CE Industrial Revolution. However, most of the increase in global warming has occurred in the last 30 years (from about the 1990s onwards). Therefore, we live in a different natural climate from our not-so-distant ancestors. We inhabit a world different from the recent past. In short, carbon in the atmosphere has increased to the point that it has changed, or is changing, the Earth’s weather and ecology. We have a mental dilemma; our current mindset about nature is based on twentieth-century thinking. Yet, we need to evolve speedily to face the reality of climate change.
--Entrenched power structures and elites benefitting from the status quo and the establishment will resist the need for climate-induced social transformation. After all, climate change will disrupt cultural, intellectual, and ideological spheres. Despite this pushback, Wallace-Wells argues that the international community must address global warming promptly. Some elements of current socio-economic activities will remain to manage climate change, while society will rethink other socio-economic activities. At the same time, society will terminate some long-standing socio-economic activities. The author says ecological awareness is evident at the national government and grassroots levels. The 2015 Paris Agreement aims to make the global temperature no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (above pre-industrial levels) and below 2 degrees Celsius by limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, we are entering a new climate history, and for the twenty-first century, climate change is the reality for all of humankind.
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Sevket.Akyildiz | 57 outras críticas | Apr 20, 2024 |
This book wasn't what I expected at all. Instead of providing some creative solutions to the ongoing global warming, it simply provides speculation about what life would look like with the consequences of global warming.

While I see some merit in that, I don't really see the purpose of this book, except for it being singularly alarmist. People who believe in climate change don't really get anything out of this except for some chaotically edited passages describing anxiety-inducing scenarios. Those who actually need to be converted won't be persuaded by anything written in here.

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ZeljanaMaricFerli | 57 outras críticas | Mar 4, 2024 |
Viel lässt sich zu diesem Buch nicht sagen. Der Autor eröffnet ein wissenschaftlich gestützes Szenario, wie es weiter gehen wird, wenn wir die Erderwärmung nicht stoppen. Da wir das nicht tun, wird es so kommen. Ich habe da wenig Hoffnung und bin bestürzt und beschämt, wenn ich an meine Freunde in Ruanda denke oder auch an meine Enkel. Am schlimmsten finde ich, dass wir seit dem Kyoto-Protokoll oder der Ausstrahlung des Al Gore Films "Eine unbequeme "Wahrheit" unsere Emmissionen immerzu erhöhrt haben. Es ist nichts besser geworden. Und mehr lässt sich dazu nicht sagen, denn das Buch ist auch schon wieder fünf Jahre alt, in denen nichts passiert ist. Die Aussagen zur Atomkraft finde ich etwas kurzsichtig, denn wollen wir wirklich unseren Nachfahren, die so weit von uns entfernt sind wie Christi Geburt, strahlenden Müll hinterlassen?… (mais)
Wassilissa | 57 outras críticas | Feb 17, 2024 |



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