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

User Review  - Lesha - Goodreads

Climate changes–always has and always will. Stager's book ranges from unnerving to reassuring as statistical scenarios run for timelines as short as 100 years to 100,000 years into our future. Of all ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Bob Brothers - Goodreads

Thought provoking review of the hard science of climate change. Provides an excellent review of the slow motion effects of human induced carbon loading of the atmosphere and oceans - and a much more ... Read full review

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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