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The Timeline for global warming is totally missed by the author!
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2019
As someone with a science background, I was impressed at first by all the various models the author presented in this book. Unfortunately it appears to me that he missed the most important issues and those issues relate to just how fast this warming trend is occurring.
I lived in Paradise, CA when the November 8, 2018 monster fire destroyed our entire town, including 14,000 homes.
This fire was caused by human error (from our local utility) in part, but mostly it occurred from what has been a rapid change in the warming of California, along with all those positive feedback loops, many of which the author mentions, but for some reason downplays..
Some of the most important variables include sudden wind strengthening, along with rapid wind direction changes, and very high ground/soil temperatures. Then there is the increased length of "summers", along with prolonged droughts, rising temperatures, etc.
The author's major weakness here arises from his mistaken belief that most of the really bad ramifications from global warming will not arrive in the near future. Unfortunately these ramifications have already "arrived".
California is a true real-time model for what climate change is going to cause, and the fires and destruction that have already begun. This is NOT a slow process, as the author assumes it is, it has already begun and the rate of change is increasing. No book or books on global warming are going to be able to keep up with the catastrophes that are imminent, and those include fires, floods, hurricanes (and other high wind events), along with oppressive temperatures in our cities and beyond.