Climate change is not a matter of gradually increasing temperatures. New scientific findings about how our planet works show that it does not do gradual change. Under pressure, it lurches into another mode of operation. Man-made global warming is on the verge of unleashing unstoppable planetary forces. Biological and geological monsters are being woken, and they will consume us. Virtually overnight Nature's revenge will be sudden and brutal, like a climatic tsunami sweeping across the globe. No question, we are the last generation to live with any kind of climatic stability. In this impassioned report, Fred Pearce travels the world on the story to end them all. Most troubling, while visiting the places where the action may start: deep in the Amazon, high in the Arctic and among the bogs of Siberia, he uncovers the first signs that nature's revenge is already under way.
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Pearce is no idle Jeremiah...his book signals a shift of tone in the popular debate...The Last Generation makes you feel that we know enough now to conceive of the problems ahead. And anticipating a problem is half way to being able to do something about it. - The Daily Telegraph
This is the most frightening book that I have ever read...everyone should read this book to find out what is going wrong with the world. - The Independent
One of Britain's finest science writers. He is a sceptic of the best sort, saying nothing until he has seen the truth of it for himself. - The Sunday Times
A crystal clear wake-up call from one of the finest science writers in the world. - Dr Jeremy Leggett
Apocalyptic in its vision, but never scare-mongering, The Last Generation superbly explains and dramatizes both the causes and the consequences of climate change. One reads it both gripped, and deeply alarmed. - Robert Macfarlane
Pearce's book does a superb job of surveying the evidence which demonstrates that we are changing the world's climate. He gives an engaging, lucid and balanced account, with emphasis on both the certainty that 'business as usual will produce basically a different planet' and the uncertainties as to detail, particularly time scales. This is a powerful book about the most important event in human history. Read it. - Professor Lord May OM FRS, Oxford University
We are now at war with Gaia and have no chance whatever of winning. Fred Pearce's scholarly and thoughtful book analyzes the battlefield and will guide us in a sensible retreat to the place where we can negotiate a peace. - James Lovelock
This book is a sober illustration of how little we have actually grasped of the reality of the economic damage and human catastrophe already caused by anthropogenic Climate Change. In pulling together all the major scientific work from the last 40 years into a coherent and highly readable form, Fred Pearce has sounded the final warning. It is as if we are all on a plane with the auto-pilot set to crash. Pearce is unashamedly frank in telling it like it is and, even more frighteningly, that it's only going to get worse. This book is a call to action that we dare not ignore. - The Rt Hon John Gummer MP
It is not a book for the faint-hearted, but if you want to read a well-researched book that makes the science accessible and exiting, The Last Generation is an ideal choice. - www.ecozine.co.uk
No one...is suggesting that this is a relaxing read, but it's certainly a necessary one. - The Good Book Guide
Very readable...Pearce is excellent at explaining the fantastically complex interrelationships of Earth systems. - The Guardian
Fred Pearce is a former news editor at New Scientist magazine, and is currently its environment and development consultant. He also writes regularly for the Independent and the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Boston Globe and Foreign Policy in the US. He was voted BEMA Environment Journalist of the Year in 2001 and has been short-listed for the same award in 2000, 2002 and 2003.