Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. Melanie Mayes

Join Dr. Melanie Mayes for a discussion of Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells on Wednesday, August 28 at noon in the East Tennessee History Center at 601 South Gay Street.

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming is not a debate about climate change," Mayes said. "Instead, David Wallace-Wells brings the stark realities of our future climate into terrifying focus. The author carefully explains the fragility of our human physiology and our built environment, and discusses the myriad ways that our ability to survive is endangered by the climate we are creating for ourselves.”

Wallace-Wells sounds the climate change alarm and makes a compelling argument that we are already experiencing the impact of climate change. His fluid prose helps readers digest the dire evidence collected from his years traveling and documenting environmental disasters. Left unmitigated, every aspect of our lives—food supplies, infrastructure, culture—will become harder to maintain. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming urges us to act now.

 Mayes is a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. Her research always involves the Earth, spanning investigations of contaminant interactions with soils and groundwater to learning how soils accumulate vast amounts of carbon while microorganisms in soils release carbon to the atmosphere. She serves on the boards of two local nonprofit environmental organizations, WaysSouth and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. She has hiked thousands of miles of southern Appalachian mountain trails.