Tipping point for planet earth How close are we to the edge?

Anthony D. Barnosky

Book - 2016

"Tipping Point for Planet Earth explains why Earth is headed for a tipping point, a change so fast, dramatic, and unexpected that humanity will reel at the consequences. Midway through this century, there will be more than nine billion people on the planet. Already we are using most of the arable land that exists and overfishing the oceans. Water, too, is becoming scarce in many places. The services that humans depend upon--like a supply of clean water, food production, and protection from ...disease--are subject to dangerous threats as well. We can still keep humanity moving forward by ensuring that the negative changes that are accumulating do not outweigh the positive ones. Tipping Point for Planet Earth offers sensible solutions to our most pressing problems. The grand challenge of the 21st century is to change the endgame from one that looks like a train wreck, to one that sees the train carrying us all into a bright future"--

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Published
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press 2016.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
264 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250051158
1250051150
Main Author
Anthony D. Barnosky (author)
Other Authors
Elizabeth Anne Hadly, 1958- (author)
  • Introduction: The journey
  • Past or future?
  • People
  • Stuff
  • Storms
  • Hunger
  • Thirst
  • Toxins
  • Disease
  • War
  • End Game?
Review by Booklist Reviews

There is no doubt that the world is changing at a frenetic pace. Though species extinction, resource depletion, war, and disease have all long been part of life on earth, these phenomena are now occurring far more rapidly and frequently and with ever more destructive results. The planet is reaching what Barnosky and Hadly define as a classic "tipping point," when events move past the threshold of their ability to be changed or reversed. That is, they're reaching the point of no return. So what does the future hold? Is the earth on an inevitable path that will culminate in an environment unrecognizable to most of us alive today? Paleoecologists who have immersed themselves in both primitive cultures and modern societies, this husband-and-wife team traveled the globe to observe the trajectory of current behavior and project the possibilities of how trends can be altered. Frequently unsettling, often surprising, yet not without a modicum of hope, the authors' cogent and articulate analysis of our past and present offers an urgent view of the steps required to ensure a livable future. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The work of married professors Barnosky (integrative biology, Univ. of California Berkeley) and Hadly (biology & geological & environmental sciences, Stanford Univ.) has received attention in the scientific world and the State of California, where they collaborated with NASA's Ames Research Center on a consensus report on the ecological future of planet Earth that was presented to Gov. Jerry Brown. Their work is pulled together in this volume, in which they cover topics including population growth, food production, and climate change. They conclude that we have not yet reached the tipping point of no return but are teetering close to the edge and need to act now. The material will be easily followed by readers with little subject background and leave them wanting more. This particular volume is a reprint of the authors' End Game, originally published in 2015 in Great Britain. VERDICT This title is highly recommended for readers interested in environmental issues, particularly climate change, environmental justice, and why there is a need to enact change in social policy.—Eric D. Albright, Tufts Univ. Lib., Boston [Page 115]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Tipping Point for Planet Earth explains why Earth is headed for a tipping point, a change so fast, dramatic, and unexpected that humanity will reel at the consequences. Midway through this century, there will be more than nine billion people on the planet. Already we are using most of the arable land that exists and overfishing the oceans. Water, too, is becoming scarce in many places. The services that humans depend upon--like a supply of clean water, food production, and protection from disease--are subject to dangerous threats as well. We can still keep humanity moving forward by ensuring that the negative changes that are accumulating do not outweigh the positive ones. Tipping Point for Planet Earth offers sensible solutions to our most pressing problems. The grand challenge of the 21st century is to change the endgame from one that looks like a train wreck, to one that sees the train carrying us all into a bright future"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Tipping Point for Planet Earth explains why Earth is headed for a tipping point, a change so fast, dramatic, and unexpected that humanity will reel at the consequences.Midway through this century, there will be more than nine billion people on the planet. Already we are using most of the arable land that exists and overfishing the oceans. Water, too, is becoming scarce in many places.The services that humans depend upon--like a supply of clean water, food production, and protection from disease--are subject to dangerous threats as well. We can still keep humanity moving forward by ensuring that the negative changes that are accumulating do not outweigh the positive ones. Tipping Point for Planet Earth offers sensible solutions to our most pressing problems. The grand challenge of the 21st century is to change the endgame from one that looks like a train wreck, to one that sees the train carrying us all into a bright future"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Offering sensible solutions to our most pressing problems, a timely book—explaining why Earth is heading for a change so fast, dramatic and unexpected that humanity will reel at the consequences—reveals how we can keep humanity moving forward by ensuring that the negative changes do not outweigh the positive ones.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Argues that planet Earth is heading for a tipping point where change will happen drastically and humanity will experience great suffering, but also offers solutions to the problems that will arise.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Four people are born every second of every day. Conservative estimates suggest that there will be 10 billion people on Earth by 2050. That is billions more than the natural resources of our planet can sustain without big changes in how we use and manage them.So what happens when vast population growth endangers the world’s food supplies? Or our water? Our energy needs, climate, or environment? Or the planet’s biodiversity? What happens if some or all of these become critical at once? Just what is our future?In Tipping Point for Planet Earth, world-renowned scientists Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly explain the growing threats to humanity as the planet edges toward resource wars for remaining space, food, oil, and water. And as they show, these wars are not the nightmares of a dystopian future, but are already happening today. Finally, they ask: at what point will inaction lead to the break-up of the intricate workings of the global society?The planet is in danger now, but the solutions, as Barnosky and Hadly show, are still available. We still have the chance to avoid the tipping point and to make the future better. But this window of opportunity will shut within ten to twenty years. Tipping Point for Planet Earth is the wake-up call we need.