By Allen Hammond
?Today, humanity faces a essentially various problem ? that of dealing with a planet and a world human civilization in ways in which will maintain either indefinitely. What makes this job lower than effortless are the velocity and complexity of switch. Over the subsequent part century, human society will endure a profound demographic transformation, adventure primary shifts within the worldwide stability of financial and political energy, and deal with approximately non-stop technological swap. those ameliorations are inevitable ? the forces that compel them are already in position ? yet their results are faraway from mounted? This booklet is set the long run, yet now not within the feel of constructing predictions. relatively it indicates the right way to take into consideration the longer term. simply because human future isn't really predetermined, this e-book explores not only one yet a number of attainable worlds, each one embodying a really diversified imaginative and prescient of the long run. Implicit in those contrasting visions is a call: which global will we desire; which global will we are looking to go directly to our kids and grandchildren?? From bankruptcy 1
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You must allow a geologist a direct appeal that we immediately address the coal-fire problem, for we could benefit the globe at a tiny fraction of the cost of other ways of limiting greenhouse gas production. That's the kind of practical thinking you can get from geologists, and it's one of the reasons you need to hear from us, not just from climate scientists making computer models. One truth above all stands out in geology. If we think of climate change as our enemy, we will always be defeated.
LEAVING THE GARDEN AKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR NOTES REFERENCES INDEX Geologic evidence plainly teaches that Earth's climate has changed through staggering extremes of balmy warmth to bitter cold. And that's not just a description of ancient history, when dinosaurs roamed the world. Instead, it's the clear record of climate change during recent times, when fully modern Homo sapiens left Africa, spread around the world, and ultimately founded our varied cultures and civilizations. What's even more alarming than the recent dates and staggering scale of climate upheavals is how quickly they have swept over the Earth.
Here's a first, preliminary sketch of what climate on Earth has been like in the period so crucial to us. Consider it an overview to the facts of life when it comes to climate on Earth, and rest assured this book will explain how this sketch is known to geologists from the same basic physical evidence you will learn to see for yourself in your own backyard. In recent geologic history, climate has been characterized by long periods of bitter cold during which enormous glaciers covered half of North America.