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‘Soon it will be unrecognisable’: total climate meltdown cannot be stopped, says expert

By Robin McKie

31 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

This opinion piece from The Guardian provides a comprehensive summary about what the next few years will bring and why our current trajectory is so terrifying.

The publication of Bill McGuire’s latest book, Hothouse Earth, could not be more timely. Appearing in the shops this week, it will be perused by sweltering customers who have just endured record high temperatures across the UK and now face the prospect of weeks of drought to add to their discomfort.

And this is just the beginning, insists McGuire, who is emeritus professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London. As he makes clear in his uncompromising depiction of the coming climatic catastrophe, we have – for far too long – ignored explicit warnings that rising carbon emissions are dangerously heating the Earth. Now we are going to pay the price for our complacency in the form of storms, floods, droughts and heatwaves that will easily surpass current extremes.

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