Deep future The next 100,000 years of life on Earth

Curt Stager

Book - 2011

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.

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Published
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press 2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
xiii, 284 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780312614621
0312614624
Main Author
Curt Stager (-)
  • Stopping the ice
  • Beyond global warming
  • The last great thaw
  • Life in a super-greenhouse
  • Future fossils
  • Oceans of acid
  • The rising tide
  • An ice-free Arctic
  • The greening of Greenland
  • What about the tropics?
  • Bringing it home.
Review by PW Annex Reviews

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. (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A paleoclimatologist makes predictions about how environmental choices in the 21st 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. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Imagine a planet where North American and European navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an acidified, ice-free Arctic. Centuries later, their northern descendants retreat southward as the recovering sea freezes over again. And later still, future nations will have to avert an approaching Ice Age...by burning what remains of our fossil fuels.These are just a few of the events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years. And it will be the choices we make in this century that will affect that future more than those of any previous generation. We are living at the dawn of the Age of Humans; the only question is how long that age will last.Few of us have yet asked, "What happens after global warming?" Drawing upon the latest, groundbreaking works of a handful of climate visionaries, Deep Future helps us look beyond A.D. 2100 to the next hundred millennia of life on Earth.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title A bold, far-reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet’s future for millennia to come.Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an acidified, ice-free Arctic. Centuries later, their northern descendants retreat southward as the recovering sea freezes over again. And later still, future nations plan how to avert an approaching Ice Age... by burning what remains of our fossil fuels.These are just a few of the events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years. And it will be the choices we make in this century that will affect that future more than those of any previous generation. We are living at the dawn of the Age of Humans; the only question is how long that age will last.Few of us have yet asked, “What happens after global warming?” Drawing upon the latest, groundbreaking works of a handful of climate visionaries, Deep Future helps us look beyond 2100 a.d. to the next hundred millennia of life on Earth.