Deep Future

Deep Future

The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth

Book - 2011
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In this major new book, paleoclimatologist Curt Stager vividly shows how what we do to the environment in the 21st century will affect the next 100,000 years of life on this planet. Most of us have accepted that our planet is warming and that we've played the key role in causing climate change. Yet few of us realise the magnitude of what's happened. The course we take will affect our civilisation and the planet for millennia. What will that world look like? Curt Stager draws on the planet's geological history to provide a view of where we may be headed. That future is far different from anything anyone has ever seen before. In the long run, the greatest threat to humans will not be global warming, but global cooling. Just when that 'climate whiplash' happens is entirely up to us. We have already put off the next Ice Age, but whether our descendents will see an ice-free Arctic, miles of submerged coasts, or an acidified ocean still remains to be decided. Stager shows us how vastly different the world will be if we continue to pollute or if we rein ourselves in for the sake of future generations. Like the bestsellers The World Without Us and The Next 100 Years , this book offers a new perspective that will change the way climate skeptics, activists, and everyone in between thinks about what we're doing to our planet. 'Amid all the ranting, confusing, and contradicting books on climate change, at least here's one that does something truly useful- clearly and engagingly, scientist Stager offers informed ideas about what to expect in the future. It's heartening to know that he expects us to have one.' - ALAN WEISMAN, author of The World Without US
Publisher: Carlton North, Vic. : Scribe Publications, 2011.
ISBN: 9781921640469
Characteristics: xi, 284 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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binational
Sep 21, 2012

Getting depressed with fears of runaway global warming turning Earth into another Venus? Well, let me prescribe you this book for a bit of healing. Stager admits we do not know exactly how global climate change will unfold, but summons paleoclimatological evidence to argue that a worst-case scenario will not lead to anything remotely like Venus II. Yes, global warming is real and caused by primarily by human activity that generates greenhouse gases. But over a long period of time, Earth will adjust back to a state closer to the present. Unfortunately, that will take a good 100,000 years or so. But, he suggests, humankind will adapt (e.g. as Denmark sinks underwater, Greenland will green again). Left unsaid is what percentage of humankind will make it through. Also, this could and should have been a much shorter book.

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Logovore
Jul 17, 2012

An interesting set of predictions about the potential future considering the human-based carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas enrichment. Survivable, with a lot of displacements and extinctions, but lasting a lot longer than people seem to envision.

debwalker Apr 27, 2011

"Stager, a scientist who drills down into the earth and reads what the layers tell us about the history of the environment and climate change, uses that information to speculate on what the future might be like. The results are not as predictable as one might think. Neither the ardent environmentalists who see the end of life on the horizon, nor the naysayers who think the whole idea of climate change is bunk, will be vindicated. Stager doesn't so much think outside the box as reshape and extend the box and provide a useful additional perspective on a complicated and unavoidable issue."--Jonathon Welch, Talking Leaves, Buffalo, N.Y.

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