Deep Future

Deep Future

The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth

Book - 2011 | 1st Canadian ed.
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A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Nonfiction of 2011 title
A bold, far-reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet's future for millennia to come.
Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an acidified, ice-free Arctic. Centuries later, their northern descendants retreat southward as the recovering sea freezes over again. And later still, future nations plan how to avert an approaching Ice Age... by burning what remains of our fossil fuels.
These are just a few of the events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years. And it will be the choices we make in this century that will affect that future more than those of any previous generation. We are living at the dawn of the Age of Humans; the only question is how long that age will last.
Few of us have yet asked, "What happens after global warming?" Drawing upon the latest, groundbreaking works of a handful of climate visionaries, Deep Future helps us look beyond 2100 a.d. to the next hundred millennia of life on Earth.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2011.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9781554686629
Branch Call Number: 363.700112 STAGE
Characteristics: xv, 284 p. : ill.


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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.

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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