Deep Future

Deep Future

The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth

eBook - 2011
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In Deep Future, Curt Stager draws on the planet's geological history to provide a view of where we may be headed long term. On the bright side, we have already put off the next ice age. But whether we will barrel ahead on a polluting path to a totally ice-free Arctic, miles of submerged coasts or an acidified ocean still remains to be decided. And that decision is ours to make. Deep Future adds a new dimension to the debate-- one that will change how we think about what we are doing to our planet.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, HarperCollins Canada,, 2011
ISBN: 9781443405584
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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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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