The Uninhabitable Earth

David Wallace-Wells
The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells describes the effects of global warming as a terrifying apocalypse of biblical proportions – the price of doing nothing or not enough.  Wallace-Wells describes the horror human beings might face including floods, pestilence, famines, and wildfires.  Modeling his approach after Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, he hopes to increase awareness for greenhouse gases like Carson did for pesticides.
A key strength of the book is the writing.  Wallace-Wells stays away from overly scientific terminology in favor of intense and evocative descriptions of disaster – children dying, plagues released, and towns burning.  He effectively uses fear to motivate us to take action. 
Not all is doom and gloom, though.  Wallace-Wells acknowledges that our responsibility as a species for global warming is actually a good thing, in that it demonstrates that we also have the power to do something about it.  For him, apathy is our worst enemy.  The Uninhabitable Earth is a powerful wakeup call for all of us on the path to extinction.
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