Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth

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HarperCollins Canada, Mar 22, 2011 - Science - 304 pages
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In this extraordinary book, paleoclimatologist Curt Stager shows how what we do to the environment in the next one hundred years will affect not just the next few centuries but the next 100,000 years of human existence. Most of us have accepted that our planet is warming and that humans have played the key role in causing climate change. Yet few of us realize the magnitude of what’s happening.

In Deep Future, Curt Stager draws on the planet’s geological history to provide a view of where we may be headed long term. On the bright side, we have already put off the next ice age. But whether we will barrel ahead on a polluting path to a totally ice-free Arctic, miles of submerged coasts or an acidified ocean still remains to be decided. And that decision is ours to make. Deep Future adds a new dimension to the debate—one that will change how we think about what we are doing to our planet.

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User Review  - Jewsbury - LibraryThing

Curt Stager is a professional palaeontologist and experienced science communicator. Regrettably this skill leads him to present some basic chemical and physical issues in a puerile manner. Nonetheless ... Read full review

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User Review  - fpagan - LibraryThing

The title doesn't make it clear that this is actually an Earth-sciences book, written by a paleoecologist. Message: after anthropogenic warming peaks, the ebbing of its side effects will take tens or hundreds or thousands of centuries. (The next scheduled ice age, however, won't happen.) Read full review

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About the author (2011)

CURT STAGER is an ecologist, a paleoclimatologist and a science writer with a PhD in biology and geology from Duke University. He has published more than three dozen climate- and ecology-related articles and co-hosts a weekly science program on a local radio station. He teaches at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and holds a research associate post at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, where he investigates the long-term history of climate in Africa, South America and the polar regions. Visit him online at

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