Hans Joachim Schellnhuber: Self-Combustion. C. Bertelsmann Verlag (Hardcover, Thriller & Crime, Science & Medicine, Social & Cultural Studies)


The fatal triangle-relationship between climate, humankind and carbon

Original Title: Selbstverbrennung

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 784 pages, 15.0 x 22.7 cm, 5.9 x 8.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-10262-6
€ 29.99 [D] | € 30.90 [A] | CHF 41.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: C. Bertelsmann

Date of publication: November 3, 2015
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Hans Joachim  Schellnhuber - Self-Combustion


Alarming report on the destructive results of unrestricted global warming

It is worth "fighting for every tenth of a degree" – of this Germany's most important climate researcher with an international reputation is convinced. For decades he has been trying to get politicians, industry and society to at last face up to the climate change and its dramatic results – and do their utmost to bring it to a halt.

In this controversial book he has further sharpened his criticism: according to the latest research, our civilization is not moving towards the frequently quoted two-degree limit but far more dramatically in the direction of an increase of 3 to 4 degrees by the end of the century. The continued burning of fossil fuels is threatening to lead to collective suicide. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber has summarised the latest facts in the strongest terms so that politicians at the "fateful conference" in Paris in late autumn 2015 will make the most of the opportunity to change course.

"A substantial scientist, Schellnhuber’s advocacy for meaningful, immediate action to limit the cumulative damage of anthropogenic climate change puts him at the centre of the public stage, both in Europe and globally. (…) There is no doubt that Schellnhuber is a great humanitarian, an incisive intellect and a dedicated and effective communicator. Enormously informed, the message he brings is for each and every one of us, and for our children and grandchildren."

Peter Charles Doherty, Nobel Laureate for Medicine, University of Melbourne

"'Self-combustion' is the book of one of the internationally most renowned climate scientists, that is written with lots of personal commitment. There is probably no other book that depicts the physical processes and political discussions about climate change as comprehensively and understandably as this one. Time and time again Hans Joachim Schellnhuber intentionally changes his perspective from an objective role as a scientist, takes side and works with his unconventional style of writing. It is a captivating book worth reading."

Peter Hoeppe from the leading global reinsurer Munich Re, Head of Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre

"This book is a profitable read now, and will remain so in the future."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


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