This Is the Way the World Ends

How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Waves and Hurricanes Are Converging on America
Narrated by: Jeff Nesbit
Length: 11 hrs
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A unique view of climate change glimpsed through the world's resources that are disappearing.  

The world itself won’t end, of course. Only ours will: our livelihoods, our homes, our cultures. And we’re squarely at the tipping point. Longer droughts in the Middle East. Growing desertification in China and Africa. The monsoon season shrinking in India. Amped-up heat waves in Australia. More intense hurricanes reaching America. Water wars in the Horn of Africa. Rebellions, refugees, and starving children across the globe. These are not disconnected events. These are the pieces of a larger puzzle that environmental expert Jeff Nesbit puts together.   

Unless we start addressing the causes of climate change and stop simply navigating its effects, we will be facing a series of unstoppable catastrophes by the time our preschoolers graduate from college. Our world is in trouble - right now. This Is the Way the World Ends tells the real stories of the substantial impacts to Earth’s systems unfolding across each continent. The bad news? Within two decades or so, our carbon budget will reach a point of no return.    

But there’s good news. Like every significant challenge we’ve faced - from creating civilization in the shadow of the last ice age to the Industrial Revolution - we can get out of this box canyon by understanding the realities, changing the worn-out climate conversation to one that’s relevant to every person. Nesbit provides a clear blueprint for real-time, workable solutions we can tackle together.

©2018 Jeff Nesbit (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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"With This Is the Way the World Ends Jeff Nesbit has delivered an enlightening - and alarming - explanation of the climate challenge as it exists today. Climate change is no far-off threat. It's impacting communities all over the world at this very moment, and we ignore the scientific reality at our own peril. The good news? As Nesbit underscores, disaster is not preordained. The global community can meet this moment - and we must." (Senator John Kerry)

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Disappointing preach to the choir

I had high hopes for this books. I had listened to an interview with the author and thought it had promise so bought it. It turned out to be a long categorized list of talking points. Essentially it's preaching to the choir. People who buy this book will most likely climate change believers and will be looking for more science and back ground. Unfortunately this book was very light on both and was laced with passive aggressive political commentary. ( when will people learn that a club is not a good way to convince people to come to your side?). There was some good geo political discussion relating to current and future water disputes.

I was hoping for more science on the atmospheric and geologic systems that are in play. For the most part these were addressed in passing.

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Brilliant Tilt on the Climate Crisis

Nesbitt starts with the terrible things the climate crisis is doing today, but his list is different from the lists of Bill Mckibben in Falter or David Wallace-Wells in Uninhabitable Earth. The water crisis is a major fear for him. But his terrible events are just as scary theirs. In the end, though, Nesbitt is somewhat upbeat, saying that disruptive companies in the free market economy will likely save us. Overall, it's very interesting and well thought out. The only drawback is that Nesbitt is his own reader. His writing is much better than his reading. A professional reader would have made this excellent book much better.