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Deep Future

the next 100,000 years of life on earth

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In this major new book, paleoclimatologist Curt Stager vividly shows how what we do to the environment in the 21st century will affect the next 100,000 years of life on this planet.

Most of us have accepted that our planet is warming and that we’ve played the key role in causing climate change. Yet few of us realise the magnitude of what’s happened. The course we take will affect our civilisation and the planet for millennia. What will that world look like? Curt Stager draws on the planet’s geological history to provide a view of where we may be headed. That future is far different from anything anyone has ever seen before.

In the long run, the greatest threat to humans will not be global warming, but global cooling. Just when that ‘climate whiplash’ happens is entirely up to us. We have already put off the next Ice Age, but whether our descendants will see an ice-free Arctic, miles of submerged coasts, or an acidified ocean still remains to be decided. Stager shows us how vastly different the world will be if we continue to pollute or if we rein ourselves in for the sake of future generations.

Like the bestsellers The World Without Us and The Next 100 Years, this book offers a new perspective that will change the way climate sceptics, activists, and everyone in between think about what we’re doing to our planet.

From Publishers Weekly

21 March 2011 – Stager (Field Notes From the Northern Forest), a climatologist working at the University of Maine's Climate Center, provides a long-range view of climate change which is at odds with the "sky is falling" alarmist view of global warming. While not denying the effect of human activity on global climate, Stager is sharply critical of media hype and spin. As a paleoecologist, he draws on biology, chemistry, and geology—including past geological records—to situate current trends in the context of long range effects, as shown by the fossil and geological record of planetary evolution. In other words, in the aftermath of the last ice age, "...it took several millennia of melting for global sea level to stabilize near today's elevation..." He suggests that we "have prevented the next ice-age"; once predicted to happen in 50,000 years, he states that our climate activity has added another 70,000 years to that estimate. Although Stager thinks a disaster comparable to the biblical flood is unlikely, he doesn't minimize the potential devastation that could occur from even modest sea level rise or the loss of marine biodiversity. A thoughtful, if controversial, approach to an over-heated subject.
Deep Future
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  • $21.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science & Nature
  • Published: 02 May 2011
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications
  • Seller: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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