A Short History of the Future: Surviving the 2030 Spike

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Earthscan, 2006 - Business & Economics - 306 pages
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Has the future a future? Are we bringing history to an end? Observing any one of several individual but critical trends suggests that, without rapid and positive action, history may have only a very short way to run. Whether it is the growth of world population, of greenhouse gas concentrations and the accelerating rate of climate change, the running down of oil and natural gas reserves, growing shortages of fresh water for agriculture, industry and domestic use, or the increasing difficulty in controlling epidemic diseases ? we are facing a mounting global crisis that will peak in less than a generation, around the year 2030. Taken together, these trends point to a potentially apocalyptic period, if not for the planet itself then certainly for human societies and for humankind.In this compelling book, and update to The 2030 Spike, Colin Mason explains in clear and irrefutable terms what is going on ? largely below the surface of our daily or weekly news bulletins. The picture he paints is stark, and yet it is not bleak. Being forewarned, we are forearmed, and he draws on his own extensive political experience to describe how much we can do as individuals, and above all collectively, not merely to avert crisis but to engineer thoroughgoing change that can usher in genuinely sustainable and valuable alternatives to the way we live now.

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User Review  - allison.sivak - LibraryThing

Although Mason notes in the introduction that he is trying to cover enough ground in this book while still writing for the layperson, meaning that he will not delve deeply into details of problems, I ... Read full review

Contents

The Drivers
3
The Coming Energy Crunch
14
Population and Poverty
32
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Colin Mason was a senator in the Australian Federal Parliament for nine years and served on the Senate Standing Committee for Science and Environment. A well-known former foreign correspondent and broadcaster, he was also a SEATO adviser to the Thai government. Mason is the author of 12 books, including A Short History of Asia and the international best-seller Hostage.

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