The Collapse of Western Civilization

The Collapse of Western Civilization

A View From the Future

Book - 2014
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The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe went ignored for decades, leading to soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, widespread drought and--finally--the disaster now known as the Great Collapse of 2093, when the disintegration of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet led to mass migration and a complete reshuffling of the global order. Writing from the Second People's Republic of China on the 300th anniversary of the Great Collapse, a senior scholar presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment--the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies--failed to act, and so brought about the collapse of Western civilization.

In this haunting, provocative work of science-based fiction, Naomi Oreskes and Eric M. Conway imagine a world devastated by climate change. Dramatizing the science in ways traditional nonfiction cannot, the book reasserts the importance of scientists and the work they do and reveals the self-serving interests of the so called "carbon combustion complex" that have turned the practice of science into political fodder. Based on sound scholarship and yet unafraid to speak boldly, this book provides a welcome moment of clarity amid the cacophony of climate change literature.
Publisher: New York :, Columbia University Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780231169547
Branch Call Number: ANF 909.09821 ORE
Characteristics: x, 89 pages : map ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Conway, Erik M. 1965-- Author


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Mar 30, 2015

This slim book from the acclaimed authors of Merchants of Doubt (now a movie), offers a new perspective on the defining crisis of our time, climate change: that of a historian looking back from 2393. What really rang true for me about this book was the way the authors integrated national and global politics and economics into the mix, rather than just focusing on the physical catastrophes or portraying some near-future survivalist scenario. This will make you think, and also breathe a sigh of relief that humans are around in 300 years to write anything at all.

Mar 30, 2015

A very short book that presents a view of the impacts from climate change as seen from the future. It warns of the disastrous impacts that will likely result from business as usual. It lays the fault on our worship of market based capitalism and scientists lack of willingness to raise enough alarm bells. It felt like they could have done a lot more with it than they did. The conclusions may be on the right path, but it seems like there are many more issues that they fail to address.

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