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The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Title The Uninhabitable Earth
Author David Wallace-Wells
Publisher Tim Duggan Books
Release Date 2020-03-17
Category
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780525576716
Language English, Spanish, and French
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon."--Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon With a new afterword It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible--food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation. An "epoch-defining book" (The Guardian) and "this generation's Silent Spring" (The Washington Post), The Uninhabitable Earth is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it--the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress. The Uninhabitable Earth is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation--today's. Praise for The Uninhabitable Earth "The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet."--Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times "Riveting. . . . Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells's outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too."--The Economist "Potent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the 'eerily banal language of climatology' in favor of lush, rolling prose."--Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times "The book has potential to be this generation's Silent Spring."--The Washington Post "The Uninhabitable Earth, which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear. . . . I encourage people to read this book."--Alan Weisman, The New York Review of Books

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Title The Uninhabitable Earth
Author David Wallace-Wells
Publisher Allen Lane
Release Date 2019-02-19
Category
Total Pages 320
ISBN 0241355214
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'A profound book, which simultaneously makes me terrified and hopeful about the future' Jonathan Safran Foer A Times and FT Most Anticipated Book 2019 It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. Over the past decades, the term "Anthropocene" has climbed into the popular imagination - a name given to the geologic era we live in now, one defined by human intervention in the life of the planet. But however sanguine you might be about the proposition that we have ravaged the natural world, which we surely have, it is another thing entirely to consider the possibility that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial a climate system that will now go to war with us for many centuries, perhaps until it destroys us. In the meantime, it will remake us, transforming every aspect of the way we live-the planet no longer nurturing a dream of abundance, but a living nightmare.

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Title The Uninhabitable Earth
Author David Wallace-Wells
Publisher Tim Duggan Books
Release Date 2020-03-17
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Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780525576716
Language English, Spanish, and French
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon."--Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon With a new afterword It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible--food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation. An "epoch-defining book" (The Guardian) and "this generation's Silent Spring" (The Washington Post), The Uninhabitable Earth is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it--the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress. The Uninhabitable Earth is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation--today's. Praise for The Uninhabitable Earth "The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet."--Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times "Riveting. . . . Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells's outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too."--The Economist "Potent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the 'eerily banal language of climatology' in favor of lush, rolling prose."--Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times "The book has potential to be this generation's Silent Spring."--The Washington Post "The Uninhabitable Earth, which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear. . . . I encourage people to read this book."--Alan Weisman, The New York Review of Books

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Title The Uninhabitable Earth
Author David Wallace-Wells
Publisher Tim Duggan Books
Release Date 2019-02-19
Category Science
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780525576723
Language English, Spanish, and French
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker • The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Economist • The Paris Review • Toronto Star • GQ • The Times Literary Supplement • The New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible—food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation. An “epoch-defining book” (The Guardian) and “this generation’s Silent Spring” (The Washington Post), The Uninhabitable Earth is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it—the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress. The Uninhabitable Earth is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation—today’s. LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD “The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.”—Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times “Riveting. . . . Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells’s outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too.”—The Economist “Potent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the ‘eerily banal language of climatology’ in favor of lush, rolling prose.”—Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times “The book has potential to be this generation’s Silent Spring.”—The Washington Post “The Uninhabitable Earth, which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear. . . . I encourage people to read this book.”—Alan Weisman, The New York Review of Books

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Title The Uninhabitable Earth
Author David Wallace-Wells
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2019-02-19
Category Science
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780241355237
Language English, Spanish, and French
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**SUNDAY TIMES AND THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** 'If you read just one work of non-fiction this year, it should probably be this ... what this book forces you to face is more important than any other subject' David Sexton, Evening Standard It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. Over the past decades, the term "Anthropocene" has climbed into the popular imagination - a name given to the geologic era we live in now, one defined by human intervention in the life of the planet. But however sanguine you might be about the proposition that we have ravaged the natural world, which we surely have, it is another thing entirely to consider the possibility that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial a climate system that will now go to war with us for many centuries, perhaps until it destroys us. In the meantime, it will remake us, transforming every aspect of the way we live-the planet no longer nurturing a dream of abundance, but a living nightmare.

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Title The Uninhabitable Earth
Author David Wallace-Wells
Publisher Tim Duggan Books
Release Date 2019-02-19
Category Science
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1984826581
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Summary Analysis of The Uninhabitable Earth
Author ZIP Reads
Publisher ZIP Reads
Release Date 101-01-01
Category Science
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. If you'd like to purchase the original book, please paste this link in your browser: https://amzn.to/2VOuvKP It’s a shove off the fence post and a call to action--The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming will not be satisfied until barriers to understanding climate change are obliterated. David Wallace-Wells taps into our collective survival instinct by challenging our individual roles in this all-encompassing issue. What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include? - Synopsis of the original book - Key takeaways from each chapter - The 11 elements of chaos brought by climate change - The socio-political ramifications of inaction - What we can do to fix it - Editorial Review - Background on David Wallace-Wells About the Original Book: David Wallace-Wells has a message for the citizens of the earth - and it isn’t pretty. A zenith has been reached and it is all downhill from here as climate change cascades over everything we have built in the industrial age. He explores each aspect of what climate change means for us today, in thirty years, and by the end of the century, depending largely on what we choose to do today. The likely results of just two, three, and four degrees of warming seems increasingly alarming, as well they should be, but we have the tools to slow the cataclysm of the Anthropocene. Will the world awaken from its narcissistic state of complacency in time? DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. Please follow this link: https://amzn.to/2VOuvKP to purchase a copy of the original book. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Title Light of the Stars Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth
Author Adam Frank
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2018-06-12
Category Science
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780393609028
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Winner of the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science "A valuable perspective on the most important problem of our time." —Adam Becker, NPR Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we realize we might not be alone in this universe. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life from the ancient Greeks to modern thinkers, and he demonstrates that recognizing the possibility of its existence might be the key to save us from climate change. With clarity and conviction, Light of the Stars asks the consequential question: What can the likely presence of life on other planets tell us about our own fate?

Losing Earth by Nathaniel Rich

Title Losing Earth
Author Nathaniel Rich
Publisher Picador
Release Date 2020-03-05
Category Climatic changes
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1529015847
Language English, Spanish, and French
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By 1979, we knew all that we know now about the science of climate change - what was happening, why it was happening, and how to stop it. Over the next ten years, we had the very real opportunity to stop it. Obviously, we failed.Nathaniel Rich's groundbreaking account of that failure - and how tantalizingly close we came to signing binding treaties that would have saved us all before the fossil fuels industry and politicians committed to anti-scientific denialism - is already a journalistic blockbuster, a full issue of the New York Times Magazine that has earned favorable comparisons to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and John Hersey's Hiroshima. Rich has become an instant, in-demand expert and speaker. A major movie deal is already in place. It is the story, perhaps, that can shift the conversation.In the book Losing Earth, Rich is able to provide more of the context for what did - and didn't - happen in the 1980s and, more important, is able to carry the story fully into the present day and wrestle with what those past failures mean for us in 2019. It is not just an agonizing revelation of historical missed opportunities, but a clear-eyed and eloquent assessment of how we got to now, and what we can and must do before it's truly too late.

Title Design the Home You Love
Author Lee Mayer
Publisher Ten Speed Press
Release Date 2021-05-04
Category House & Home
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781984856623
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the co-founders of Havenly comes “a perfect read for anyone looking to infuse more personality and style into their space—on their own time and budget, and in their own unique way” (Rachel Zoe). “Not only do Lee and Emily unpack all their tips for creating a space that looks as good as it feels, but they do it in a way that is made for real-life application.”—Bobby Berk, design expert and host of Netflix’s Queer Eye Interior design can be daunting, and as a result, many of us never even attempt to design our own homes. In Design the Home You Love, Havenly founders Lee Mayer and Emily Motayed break down the ambiguous world of home design. First you learn how to identify your own style (whether you’re a fan of Parisian Modern or California Casual) and then how to incorporate furniture that matches your style and fits your budget. Design the Home You Love takes you step-by-step and room-by-room through each part of the house to help you fulfill your home’s potential. Whether you’re looking to give your home a complete makeover, spruce up your rental apartment, or merely take your living room from blah to fab, Lee and Emily bring fresh ideas, advice, and inspiration to the table. Illustrated with eye-catching photography and livable inspiration from real-life clients, this is the interior design book that finally makes it possible for us all to achieve our design goals.

The Future Earth by Eric Holthaus

Title The Future Earth
Author Eric Holthaus
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2020-06-30
Category Nature
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780062883186
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The first hopeful book about climate change, The Future Earth shows readers how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades. The basics of climate science are easy. We know it is entirely human-caused. Which means its solutions will be similarly human-led. In The Future Earth, leading climate change advocate and weather-related journalist Eric Holthaus (“the Rebel Nerd of Meteorology”—Rolling Stone) offers a radical vision of our future, specifically how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades. Anchored by world-class reporting, interviews with futurists, climatologists, biologists, economists, and climate change activists, it shows what the world could look like if we implemented radical solutions on the scale of the crises we face. What could happen if we reduced carbon emissions by 50 percent in the next decade? What could living in a city look like in 2030? How could the world operate in 2040, if the proposed Green New Deal created a 100 percent net carbon-free economy in the United States? This is the book for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the current state of our environment. Hopeful and prophetic, The Future Earth invites us to imagine how we can reverse the effects of climate change in our own lifetime and encourages us to enter a deeper relationship with the earth as conscientious stewards and to re-affirm our commitment to one another in our shared humanity.

Climate Change by Joseph J. Romm

Title Climate Change
Author Joseph J. Romm
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2016
Category Climatic changes
Total Pages 302
ISBN 9780190250171
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This book offers the most up-to-date examination of climate change's foundational science, implications for our future, and clean energy solutions that can mitigate its effects"--Back cover.

The End Of Nature by Bill McKibben

Title The End of Nature
Author Bill McKibben
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2014-09-03
Category Nature
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780804153447
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Reissued on the tenth anniversary of its publication, this classic work on our environmental crisis features a new introduction by the author, reviewing both the progress and ground lost in the fight to save the earth. This impassioned plea for radical and life-renewing change is today still considered a groundbreaking work in environmental studies. McKibben's argument that the survival of the globe is dependent on a fundamental, philosophical shift in the way we relate to nature is more relevant than ever. McKibben writes of our earth's environmental cataclysm, addressing such core issues as the greenhouse effect, acid rain, and the depletion of the ozone layer. His new introduction addresses some of the latest environmental issues that have risen during the 1990s. The book also includes an invaluable new appendix of facts and figures that surveys the progress of the environmental movement. More than simply a handbook for survival or a doomsday catalog of scientific prediction, this classic, soulful lament on Nature is required reading for nature enthusiasts, activists, and concerned citizens alike.

Global Climate Change by David E. Kitchen

Title Global Climate Change
Author David E. Kitchen
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2016-09-16
Category Nature
Total Pages 456
ISBN 9781315506630
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The science of climate change is a complex subject that balances the physical record and scientific fact with politics, policy, and ethics - and is of particular importance to the geosciences. This thoughtfully crafted new text and accompanying media encourage non-science majors to practice critical thinking, analysis, and discourse about climate change themes. Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, acclaimed educator and researcher, David Kitchen, examines not only the physical science, but the social, economic, political, energy, and environmental issues surrounding climate change. His goal: to turn knowledge into action, equipping students with the knowledge and critical skills to make informed decisions, separate facts from fiction, and participate in the public debate.

Title Summary of The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace Wells
Author Dependable Publishing
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-08-15
Category
Total Pages 56
ISBN 1686466722
Language English, Spanish, and French
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- A complete, detailed and uncompromising look at the dangers of global warming/ climate change! - An extremely important book, informative, educative, stunning, and a total eye-opener! - Humanity and earth (the only home we have) are facing a real risk of extinction if we don't act now! - It is not too late, and there are still things that you (and everyone collectively) can do to help! - Read this book to fully understand the nature of the problem and how you can help! THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH, by David Wallace-Wells is a complete, detailed and uncompromising look at the dangers facing humanity as a result of global warming/ climate change. It warns that while we are already beginning to experience some of the dangers of climate change, its real horrors are still to come (within decades and not centuries as you might think). This is an extremely important book. It is incredibly informative, educative, insightful and stunning. It is a total eye-opener! Indeed, this book should be required reading for every citizen of this earth (regardless of whether you deny that there's a climate problem or accept that there is and are concerned). EVERYONE (including you) should read this book, right now! And very importantly, note this: it is not true that it is too late. It is also not true that there is nothing you can do to help. Although humanity has crossed so many red lines, there is still hope yet and there are still things that you (and every one of us collectively) can do to help! This is a very well-written summary and guide to the main book. Indeed, this summary is a must-read for everyone! So, get it now while you can! This is not one for you to hesitate or procrastinate about! The future of humanity, our children, our children's children hangs in the balance! You need to act now! You need to understand the problem and what to do! You need to read this book now! BUY THIS SUMMARY NOW!

Inheritors Of The Earth by Chris D. Thomas

Title Inheritors of the Earth
Author Chris D. Thomas
Publisher PublicAffairs
Release Date 2017-09-05
Category Nature
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781610397285
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Human activity has irreversibly changed the natural environment. But the news isn't all bad. It's accepted wisdom today that human beings have permanently damaged the natural world, causing extinction, deforestation, pollution, and of course climate change. But in Inheritors of the Earth, biologist Chris Thomas shows that this obscures a more hopeful truth -- we're also helping nature grow and change. Human cities and mass agriculture have created new places for enterprising animals and plants to live, and our activities have stimulated evolutionary change in virtually every population of living species. Most remarkably, Thomas shows, humans may well have raised the rate at which new species are formed to the highest level in the history of our planet. Drawing on the success stories of diverse species, from the ochre-colored comma butterfly to the New Zealand pukeko, Thomas overturns the accepted story of declining biodiversity on Earth. In so doing, he questions why we resist new forms of life, and why we see ourselves as unnatural. Ultimately, he suggests that if life on Earth can recover from the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, it can survive the onslaughts of the technological age. This eye-opening book is a profound reexamination of the relationship between humanity and the natural world.

Title Summary of David Wallace Wells s The Uninhabitable Earth by Milkyway Media
Author Milkyway Media
Publisher Milkyway Media
Release Date 2019-08-06
Category Study Aids
Total Pages 35
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming (2019), science journalist David Wallace-Wells uses the latest scientific research to construct a portrait of how climate change will affect life on earth, and what humanity can do to mitigate it. For decades, climate change has been treated as a theoretical but distant problem, something that will only affect future generations… Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.

The Doomsday Calculation by William Poundstone

Title The Doomsday Calculation
Author William Poundstone
Publisher Little, Brown Spark
Release Date 2019-06-04
Category Science
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780316440714
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?, a fascinating look at how an equation that foretells the future is transforming everything we know about life, business, and the universe. In the 18th century, the British minister and mathematician Thomas Bayes devised a theorem that allowed him to assign probabilities to events that had never happened before. It languished in obscurity for centuries until computers came along and made it easy to crunch the numbers. Now, as the foundation of big data, Bayes' formula has become a linchpin of the digital economy. But here's where things get really interesting: Bayes' theorem can also be used to lay odds on the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence; on whether we live in a Matrix-like counterfeit of reality; on the "many worlds" interpretation of quantum theory being correct; and on the biggest question of all: how long will humanity survive? The Doomsday Calculation tells how Silicon Valley's profitable formula became a controversial pivot of contemporary thought. Drawing on interviews with thought leaders around the globe, it's the story of a group of intellectual mavericks who are challenging what we thought we knew about our place in the universe. The Doomsday Calculation is compelling reading for anyone interested in our culture and its future.

Don T Even Think About It by George Marshall

Title Don t Even Think About It
Author George Marshall
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2014-08-19
Category Science
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781620401347
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the founder of the Climate Outreach and Information Network, a groundbreaking take on the most urgent question of our time: Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? “Please read this book, and think about it.” --Bill Nye Most of us recognize that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it. What is this psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? George Marshall's search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world's leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals. What he discovered is that our values, assumptions, and prejudices can take on lives of their own, gaining authority as they are shared, dividing people in their wake. With engaging stories and drawing on years of his own research, Marshall argues that the answers do not lie in the things that make us different and drive us apart, but rather in what we all share: how our human brains are wired-our evolutionary origins, our perceptions of threats, our cognitive blindspots, our love of storytelling, our fear of death, and our deepest instincts to defend our family and tribe. Once we understand what excites, threatens, and motivates us, we can rethink and reimagine climate change, for it is not an impossible problem. Rather, it is one we can halt if we can make it our common purpose and common ground. Silence and inaction are the most persuasive of narratives, so we need to change the story. In the end, Don't Even Think About It is both about climate change and about the qualities that make us human and how we can grow as we deal with the greatest challenge we have ever faced.

Second Nature by Nathaniel Rich

Title Second Nature
Author Nathaniel Rich
Publisher MCD
Release Date 2021-03-30
Category Science
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780374716301
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the author of Losing Earth, a beautifully told exploration of our post-natural world that points the way to a new mode of ecological writing. We live at a time in which scientists race to reanimate extinct beasts, our most essential ecosystems require monumental engineering projects to survive, chicken breasts grow in test tubes, and multinational corporations conspire to poison the blood of every living creature. No rock, leaf, or cubic foot of air on Earth has escaped humanity's clumsy signature. The old distinctions—between natural and artificial, dystopia and utopia, science fiction and science fact—have blurred, losing all meaning. We inhabit an uncanny landscape of our own creation. In Second Nature, ordinary people make desperate efforts to preserve their humanity in a world that seems increasingly alien. Their stories—obsessive, intimate, and deeply reported—point the way to a new kind of environmental literature, in which dramatic narrative helps us to understand our place in a reality that resembles nothing human beings have known. From Odds Against Tomorrow to Losing Earth to the film Dark Waters (adapted from the first chapter of this book), Nathaniel Rich’s stories have come to define the way we think of contemporary ecological narrative. In Second Nature, he asks what it means to live in an era of terrible responsibility. The question is no longer, How do we return to the world that we’ve lost?It is, What world do we want to create in its place?