The Collapse of Western Civilization

The Collapse of Western Civilization

A View From the Future

Book - 2014
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In 2393, a historian of the Second People's Republic of China reviews the "Penumbral Age" (1988-2093), when politicians, corporations, and scientists ignored the statistical significance of climate disaster. Carbon dioxide warming the planet, deadly summer heat and fires, and the collapse of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet lead to a second Black Death and "the Great Collapse" of the Western world.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780231169547
023116954X
9780231537957
Branch Call Number: 909.0982 ORESKES
Characteristics: x, 89 pages : maps ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Conway, Erik M. 1965-

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johnjamison
Dec 12, 2019

a bit depressing but well written... question is will it come true??

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GreenDog2006
Mar 30, 2015

This slim book from the acclaimed authors of Merchants of Doubt (now a movie), offers a new perspective on the defining crisis of our time, climate change: that of a historian looking back from 2393. What really rang true for me about this book was the way the authors integrated national and global politics and economics into the mix, rather than just focusing on the physical catastrophes or portraying some near-future survivalist scenario. This will make you think, and also breathe a sigh of relief that humans are around in 300 years to write anything at all.

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john_doh17
Mar 30, 2015

A very short book that presents a view of the impacts from climate change as seen from the future. It warns of the disastrous impacts that will likely result from business as usual. It lays the fault on our worship of market based capitalism and scientists lack of willingness to raise enough alarm bells. It felt like they could have done a lot more with it than they did. The conclusions may be on the right path, but it seems like there are many more issues that they fail to address.

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