Deep Future

Deep Future

The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth

Book - 2011
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A paleoclimatologist makes predictions about how environmental choices in the twenty-first century will affect life on the planet throughout the distant future, drawing on geological history to argue that global cooling poses a more significant threat.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312614621
0312614624
Branch Call Number: History 363.7 Sta

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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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