By Mark Lynas
Fourth Estate, $35
Six degrees refers to the possibility that average global temperatures will rise by up to six degrees within the next hundred years. Utilizing highly up-to-date scientific research and political forecasting Lynas paints a reliable picture of how the collapse of our civilisation can unfold unless urgent action is taken. Most vitally, Lynas’ book serves to highlight the fact that the world of 2100 doesn’t have to be one of horror and chaos. With a little foresight, some intelligent strategic planning, and a reasonable dose of good luck, we can at least halt the catastrophic trend into which we have fallen — but the time to act is now.