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Tipping Point for Planet Earth

Tipping Point for Planet Earth Author Anthony D. Barnosky
ISBN-10 9781466852013
Release 2016-04-26
Pages 224
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Four people are born every second of every day. Conservative estimates suggest that there will be 10 billion people on Earth by 2050. That is billions more than the natural resources of our planet can sustain without big changes in how we use and manage them. So what happens when vast population growth endangers the world’s food supplies? Or our water? Our energy needs, climate, or environment? Or the planet’s biodiversity? What happens if some or all of these become critical at once? Just what is our future? In Tipping Point for Planet Earth, world-renowned scientists Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly explain the growing threats to humanity as the planet edges toward resource wars for remaining space, food, oil, and water. And as they show, these wars are not the nightmares of a dystopian future, but are already happening today. Finally, they ask: at what point will inaction lead to the break-up of the intricate workings of the global society? The planet is in danger now, but the solutions, as Barnosky and Hadly show, are still available. We still have the chance to avoid the tipping point and to make the future better. But this window of opportunity will shut within ten to twenty years. Tipping Point for Planet Earth is the wake-up call we need.

End Game Tipping Point for Planet Earth

End Game  Tipping Point for Planet Earth Author Professor Anthony Barnosky
ISBN-10 9780007548163
Release 2015-07-02
Pages 272
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overconsumption / population growth / dwindling resources / climate change / disease / contamination / storms / thirst / war ... will the struggle to simply stay alive become humanity’s future rather than its past?

End Game

End Game Author Anthony Barnosky
ISBN-10 000754815X
Release 2015-07-01
Pages 272
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Will the struggle to simply stay alive become humanity's future rather than its past? The grand challenge of the 21st century is to ensure this is not the case.

Dodging Extinction

Dodging Extinction Author Anthony D. Barnosky
ISBN-10 9780520274372
Release 2014-10-01
Pages 240
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Paleobiologist Anthony D. Barnosky weaves together evidence from the deep past and the present to alert us to the looming Sixth Mass Extinction and to offer a practical, hopeful plan for avoiding it. Writing from the front lines of extinction research, Barnosky tells the overarching story of geologic and evolutionary history and how it informs the way humans inhabit, exploit, and impact Earth today. He presents compelling evidence that unless we rethink how we generate the power we use to run our global ecosystem, where we get our food, and how we make our money, we will trigger what would be the sixth great extinction on Earth, with dire consequences. Optimistic that we can change this ominous forecast if we act now, Barnosky provides clear-cut strategies to guide the planet away from global catastrophe. In many instances the necessary technology and know-how already exist and are being applied to crucial issues around human-caused climate change, feeding the world’s growing population, and exploiting natural resources. Deeply informed yet accessibly written, Dodging Extinction is nothing short of a guidebook for saving the planet.

World on the Edge

World on the Edge Author Lester Brown
ISBN-10 9781136540752
Release 2012-06-25
Pages 144
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In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now. We are in a race between political and natural tipping points. Can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save the Greenland ice sheet and avoid catastrophic sea level rise? Can we raise water productivity fast enough to halt the depletion of aquifers and avoid water-driven food shortages? Can we cope with peak water and peak oil at the same time? These are some of the issues Lester R. Brown skilfully distils in World on the Edge. Bringing decades of research and analysis into play, he provides the responses needed to reclaim our future.

With Speed and Violence

With Speed and Violence Author Fred Pearce
ISBN-10 0807085766
Release 2007
Pages 278
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Where once scientists were concerned about gradual climate change, now more and more of them fear we will soon be dealing with abrupt change resulting from triggering hidden tipping points. With Speed and Violence tells the stories of these scientists and their work. It is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash.

The Good Earth

The Good Earth Author David McConnell
ISBN-10 9780077418502
Release 2014-01-10
Pages 560
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The Good Earth is the product of collaboration between the content rigor provided by Earth Science specialists (McConnell, Steer) and the results of research on learning. The Good Earth has been explicitly designed to be compatible with inquiry-based, active learning in the college classroom. The structural elements of this text will allow the instructor to incorporate these student-centered teaching methods into their Earth Science course. The authors have tested the book’s content and pedagogy in large Earth Science classes for non-majors that are populated with mostly freshmen. Their experiences show that the materials and methods in The Good Earth can improve students’ learning, increase daily attendance, reduce attrition, and increase students’ enthusiasm in comparison with classes taught following a traditional lecture format. The authors have chosen to emphasize three scientific themes throughout the text: i) scientific literacy; ii) Earth Science and the human experience; and, iii) the science of global change. The discussion of scientific methods is woven into the text throughout. They have included numerous examples of human interaction with the Earth that can serve as entry points for students to appreciate the nature of science. Global change is a theme that is evident in much current Earth Science research so our authors have used global change as a content theme throughout the book.

Storms of My Grandchildren

Storms of My Grandchildren Author James Hansen
ISBN-10 9781408820629
Release 2011-01-04
Pages 336
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Dr James Hansen, the world's leading scientist on climate issues, speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: the planet is hurtling to a climatic point of no return. Hansen - whose climate predictions have come to pass again and again, beginning in the 1980s when he first warned US Congress about global warming - is the single most credible voice on the subject worldwide. He paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen if we continue to follow the course we're on. But he is also a hard-headed optimist, and shows that there is still time to take the urgent, strong action needed to save humanity.

Environmentalism of the Rich

Environmentalism of the Rich Author Peter Dauvergne
ISBN-10 9780262336239
Release 2016-09-16
Pages 232
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Over the last fifty years, environmentalism has emerged as a clear counterforce to the environmental destruction caused by industrialization, colonialism, and globalization. Activists and policymakers have fought hard to make the earth a better place to live. But has the environmental movement actually brought about meaningful progress toward global sustainability? Signs of global "unsustainability" are everywhere, from decreasing biodiversity to scarcity of fresh water to steadily rising greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, as Peter Dauvergne points out in this provocative book, the environmental movement is increasingly dominated by the environmentalism of the rich -- diverted into eco-business, eco-consumption, wilderness preservation, energy efficiency, and recycling. While it's good that, for example, Barbie dolls' packaging no longer depletes Indonesian rainforest, and that Toyota Highlanders are available as hybrids, none of this gets at the source of the current sustainability crisis. More eco-products can just mean more corporate profits, consumption, and waste.Dauvergne examines extraction booms that leave developing countries poor and environmentally devastated -- with the ruination of the South Pacific island of Nauru a case in point; the struggles against consumption inequities of courageous activists like Bruno Manser, who worked with indigenous people to try to save the rainforests of Borneo; and the manufacturing of vast markets for nondurable goods--for example, convincing parents in China that disposable diapers made for healthier and smarter babies.Dauvergne reveals why a global political economy of ever more -- more growth, more sales, more consumption -- is swamping environmental gains. Environmentalism of the rich does little to bring about the sweeping institutional change necessary to make progress toward global sustainability.

Evolution s Edge

Evolution s Edge Author Graeme Taylor
ISBN-10 9781550923810
Release 2009-03-01
Pages 224
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The brink of catastrophe or the edge of evolution? The choice is ours.

The End of More

The End of More Author Norman Pagett
ISBN-10 095760792X
Release 2013-05-31
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Our chances of survival are being destroyed by overconsumption. In The End of More, Josephine Smit and Norman Pagett explore the history that has brought us to this point, and give us a glimpse of the devastating consequences of our actions. Energy has become more than the driving force of modern humanity; it is now the capital by which we live. Over the past 250 years we have used that capital to supply the food that allowed the exponential growth of populations, which in turn drove the increasing complexity of our global infrastructure. This has become our normality. As a result we enjoy a level of prosperity unique in our history, but we are living on capital, not income, and that is dwindling rapidly. That capital is hydrocarbon fuel, oil coal and gas, supplemented by metals, which we form by heat into the artifacts we need for survival. Our existence depends on combining and recombining those elements into a seemingly infinite range of products that now supports our infrastructure and market economy. We have unleashed the explosive forces of nature, and most of the world's population have deluded themselves that those forces will be available forever. We are locked into a system that demands constant, fuel burning growth, while we deny that our heat processes are destroying the planet we live on. But that delusion of infinity is now driving us into a wall of finite resources, while global population numbers continue to climb. Since the Industrial Revolution and the universal use of hydrocarbon fuels, our numbers have increased seven fold in 250 years. It is that pressure of numbers that is causing us to rip the Earth apart in search of sustenance, because we know no other way. The End of More drives home the reality that we are not facing a political, economic or technological crisis, but a crisis of survival. Prosperity cannot be voted into office. It is beyond our comprehension that we live in what is little more than a global Ponzi scheme, because our brains are not developed beyond that of the stone age hunter-gatherer. We are conditioned to survive at all costs, the brutality of ceaseless conflict shows that our civilisation is a very thin veneer. It may be that the Earth has recognised a plague species, and is using climate forces to get rid of us. It may be that the Earth has recognised a plague species, and is using climate forces to get rid of us.

Where the River Flows

Where the River Flows Author Sean W. Fleming
ISBN-10 9781400885022
Release 2017-03-07
Pages 216
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Rivers are essential to civilization and even life itself, yet how many of us truly understand how they work? Why do rivers run where they do? Where do their waters actually come from? How can the same river flood one year and then dry up the next? Where the River Flows takes you on a majestic journey along the planet's waterways, providing a scientist's reflections on the vital interconnections that rivers share with the land, the sky, and us. Sean Fleming draws on examples ranging from common backyard creeks to powerful and evocative rivers like the Mississippi, Yangtze, Thames, and Congo. Each chapter looks at a particular aspect of rivers through the lens of applied physics, using abundant graphics and intuitive analogies to explore the surprising connections between watershed hydrology and the world around us. Fleming explains how river flows fluctuate like stock markets, what "digital rainbows" can tell us about climate change and its effects on water supply, how building virtual watersheds in silicon may help avoid the predicted water wars of the twenty-first century, and much more. Along the way, you will learn what some of the most exciting ideas in science—such as communications theory, fractals, and even artificial life—reveal about the life of rivers. Where the River Flows offers a new understanding of the profound interrelationships that rivers have with landscapes, ecosystems, and societies, and shows how startling new insights are possible when scientists are willing to think outside the disciplinary box.

Revolutions that Made the Earth

Revolutions that Made the Earth Author Tim Lenton
ISBN-10 9780191501777
Release 2013-04-11
Pages 440
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The Earth that sustains us today was born out of a few remarkable, near-catastrophic revolutions, started by biological innovations and marked by global environmental consequences. The revolutions have certain features in common, such as an increase in complexity, energy utilization, and information processing by life. This book describes these revolutions, showing the fundamental interdependence of the evolution of life and its non-living environment. We would not exist unless these upheavals had led eventually to 'successful' outcomes - meaning that after each one, at length, a new stable world emerged. The current planet-reshaping activities of our species may be the start of another great Earth system revolution, but there is no guarantee that this one will be successful. The book explains what a successful transition through it might look like, if we are wise enough to steer such a course. This book places humanity in context as part of the Earth system, using a new scientific synthesis to illustrate our debt to the deep past and our potential for the future.

Tripping the World Fantastic

Tripping the World Fantastic Author Glenn Dixon
ISBN-10 9781459706569
Release 2013-03-30
Pages 312
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A fascinating journey through the world’s musical cultures. Every culture on Earth has music. Every culture that’s ever existed has had it, but we don’t exactly know why. Music is not like food, shelter, or having opposable thumbs. We don’t need it to live, and yet we can’t seem to live without it. Glenn Dixon travels the globe exploring how and why people make music. From a tour of Bob Marley’s house to sitar lessons in India, he experiences music around the world and infuses the stories with the latest in brain research, genetics, and evolutionary psychology. Why does music give us chills down the backs of our necks? What exactly are the whales singing about and why does some music stick in our minds like chewing gum? Through his adventures, Dixon uncovers the real reasons why music has such a powerful hold on us – and the answers just might surprise you.

We Rise

We Rise Author Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
ISBN-10 9781635650679
Release 2017-09-05
Pages 272
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Challenge the status quo, change the face of activism, and confront climate change head on with the ultimate blueprint for taking action. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 16-year-old climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful new voice on the front lines of a global youth-led movement. He and his group the Earth Guardians believe that today’s youth will play an important role in shaping our future. They know that the choices made right now will have a lasting impact on the world of tomorrow, and people--young and old--are asking themselves what they can do to ensure a positive, just, and sustainable future. We Rise tells these stories and addresses the solutions. Beginning with the empowering story of the Earth Guardians and how Xiuhtezcatl has become a voice for his generation, We Rise explores many aspects of effective activism and provides step-by-step information on how to start and join solution-oriented movements. With conversations between Xiuhtezcatl and well-known activists, revolutionaries, and celebrities, practical advice for living a more sustainable lifestyle, and ideas and tools for building resilient communities, We Rise is an action guide on how to face the biggest problems of today, including climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and industrial agriculture. If you are interested in creating real and tangible change, We Rise will give you the inspiration and information you need to do your part in making the world a better place and leave you asking, what kind of legacy do I want to leave?

Planet Without Apes

Planet Without Apes Author Craig B. Stanford
ISBN-10 9780674071667
Release 2012-11-05
Pages 272
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Can we live with the consequences of wiping our closest relatives off the face of the Earth, and all the biological knowledge about ourselves that would die along with them? Extinction of the great apes threatens to become a reality within a few human generations. Stanford tells us how we can redirect the course of an otherwise bleak future.

Global Environmental Governance Technology and Politics

Global Environmental Governance  Technology and Politics Author Victor Galaz
ISBN-10 9781781955550
Release 2014-04-25
Pages 208
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We live on an increasingly human-dominated planet. Our impact on the Earth has become so huge that researchers now suggest that it merits its own geological epoch - the 'Anthropocene' - the age of humans. Combining theory development and case s