Ten Bill10n

Ten Bill10n

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Earth is home to millions of species. Yet just one dominates it. Us.

Our cleverness, inventiveness, and activities have modified almost every part of our planet, impacting it profoundly. Indeed, our cleverness, inventiveness, and activities are now the drivers of every global problem we face. And every one of these problems is accelerating as we continue to grow towards a global population of ten billion.

This is not a political issue. Or a cultural issue. It's not about saving whales or rainforests or polar bears. This is an emergency.

Written not by an environmentalist but by a world-leading computer scientist, and preaching not to the choir but to everyone with a stake in the future, Ten Billion is devastatingly easy to understand. Stephen Emmott looks at the shocking impact our species has had on the planet and focuses on the near future, as our population approaches the point where using everything from energy, food, and water slams into the limits imposed by reality. Addressing the implications for our everyday lives and the possible solutions we may or may not take comfort in, Ten Billion is a truly shocking assessment of our species' prospects.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 2013
ISBN: 9780143189046
Branch Call Number: 304.6 E54t
Characteristics: 218 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Ten billion


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Jul 13, 2019

Succinct, packs a punch and is absolutely NOT sugar-coated in any way.

He admits that we are probably f.....d (pg 216) but as with everyone else no solutions are offered beyond the mythical "you need to change your behaviour". However, he gets my enduring respect for pointing out the myth that all you need to do is buy an electric car (or any of the other minor bulls..t things that are generally suggested that people should do). He does rightfully point out that a governmental solution is required desperately but he doesn't expect that it will happen and frankly, neither do I. The only saving grace I can think of is that a lot of countries in the world have top heavy populations that lean toward the aged. Maybe some of the deaths will balance part of the births and maybe we will change our attitudes about immigration. We will have to, because the deaths will be mostly in developed countries and the births are going to be occurring mostly in the lesser developed world.

Mar 22, 2017

I really like Urbano's review of this book. It was so quick to read, yet I felt so impacted by it. The last page is the best part, but don't cheat and skip ahead!

Jul 15, 2015

Easy-to-understand overview of how human population and activities lead to climate change, environmental degradation and species extinction. One hour's worth of reading could change the way you see the world.

Oct 09, 2014

- Looking for a quick, easy, powerful summary of our climate change predicament? (you can read it in less than an hour)
- Want it to explain the links between multiple causes and issues, like the way drought = food scarcity = political upheaval?
- Want it written by a highly respected international scientist?
- Want it to get to the heart of the problem (hint: see title)
PLEASE READ THIS. It's not uplifting or optimistic - optimism hasn't gotten us anywhere so far.
It's time we faced facts.

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