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* This is a revised edition of Colin Mason's The 2030 Spike, that received the following acclaim: * A bold, thought-provoking and ultimately rewarding read], well-researched, full of ideas and thus a good, all-round primer on the stateof the planet. — BBC Wildlife* An impressive tour of our current world: from sexual slavery to sailing ships, from malaria to microcredits, from nanotechnology toneopaganism, all the horrors and promises of our troubled Zeitgeist seem to be reflected here. — Resurgence* Only the foolhardy would surely dare leave it unread on the shelf. — International AffairsHas the future a future? Are we bringing history to an end? If we look at any one of several individual but critical trends, it would appear that history might have only a short way to run.This book describes the seven natural and human-made drivers that will converge around the year 2030 and wreak havoc: depleted fuel suppliesmassive population growth povertyglobal climate changefaminegrowing water shortagesinternational lawlessness.In this compelling book, 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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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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* This is a revised edition of Colin Mason's "The 2030 Spike," that received the following acclaim:

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844073467
Author:
Mason, Colin J.
Publisher:
Earthscan Publications
Subject:
Future Studies
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
Two thousand thirty, A.D
Subject:
Sociology-Future Studies
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
306
Dimensions:
8.60x5.34x.94 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , * This is a revised edition of Colin Mason's "The 2030 Spike," that received the following acclaim:
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