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Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
By Mark Hertsgaard
For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard investigated climate change 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 after, learned that climate change had arrived a century earlier than forecast, with impacts bound to worsen for decades to come. Mark’s daughter, Chiara, now six 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 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 how the next fifty years will look: Chicago’s climate transformed to resemble Houston’s; dwindling water supplies and crop yields at home and abroad; the re-design 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.
— Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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