Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott

Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott

Author:Stephen Emmott [Emmott, Stephen]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 978-0-345-80646-8
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Published: 2013-09-09T16:00:00+00:00

The global carbon cycle is absolutely critical to the ability of us, and almost every other species on Earth, to survive on this planet.

We are now radically changing every component of the global carbon cycle.

Even The Economist has pointed out that the cost of climate change, the cost of resource exploitation (mining for metals, extraction of oil and gas), especially in the Arctic, which itself will further accelerate climate change, is almost certainly going to be unimaginable damage to whole ecosystems, with unimaginable costs in terms of our future food, water, and ecosystem services that are simply too difficult to contemplate. The Economist’s conclusion (I paraphrase): No one wants to be responsible unilaterally, but all are happy to profit from it. This is a textbook case of the commons despoiling tragedy that is climate change.

All of the science points to the inescapable fact that we are in trouble. Serious trouble.

And right now, we are heading into completely uncharted territory as our population continues to grow toward ten billion.


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