Early in the 21st century, the scientific community reached the unanimous conclusion that climate change was inevitable. To avoid large-scale and irreversible damage, the warming of the planet had to be halted at less than two degrees centigrade.
Three Degrees, Book 1 in the Tempestas Series, is set in 2052, an election year in the United States. In a presidential race already fraught with charges of intrigue, matters are further complicated by a mysterious network of hackers and by news of an ominous device being built in the Chinese interior.
Senator George Cranston of the Federalist Party is an underdog presidential candidate struggling against the entrenched corruption by the ruling Doctrinist Party. His running mate, Dr. Lilly McDowell, began life as a Chinese orphan, led a firebrand life as a young activist, and is now finding herself in a world for which she is not prepared.
A world where climate change has become a reality, with devastating consequences for all of society. The struggle for order continues amid melting glaciers and ice caps, rising sea levels, deforestation, loss of species, massive dislocation of people, the spread of disease, and social and economic chaos.
On a space station, a young pilot faces the eternal challenge of an ordinary person thrown into extraordinary events. On the Galapagos Islands, a scientist from the now-extinct country of Fiji has taken the island chain to his heart, even in the face of an approaching killer typhoon and near-certain death. A small team in Borneo, led by Lilly McDowell's daughter, struggles to save orangutans from the violence of nature and humans. An agronomist in Nigeria finds himself leading a doomed humanitarian mission. And on the home-front, families in Minneapolis and Albuquerque are coping with the daily, now routine, hardships of violent weather and shortages of life's basics. Who will survive?
ABOUT THE BOOK
"Wurst emphasizes the heroes and heroines in the ecological front lines, still striving, against the odds, to save vanishing species and salvage the planet."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Wurst is an author, speechwriter, journalist, and scriptwriter.
As a journalist based at the United Nations, he wrote about international affairs including climate change, international law, peacekeeping, and arms control.
He reported on peacekeeping missions in Namibia and Mozambique during the 1990s. Jim was a UN correspondent of the National Journal Group and Inter Press Service. His work has been published by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, World Policy Journal, Arms Control Today, In These Times, and A Global Agenda.
He is the author of The UN Association–USA: A Little Known History of Advocacy and Action (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2016). Jim has also worked as an expert consultant on arms control issues including land mines, nuclear weapons, and the arms trade.
Most recently, he was a speechwriter for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, based in Bonn, Germany.