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The Future in Plain Sight: A Look at Our Planet in the Year 2050

Sprache: Englisch.
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For more than half a century, our planet has enjoyed a prolonged period of privilege and stability. Recent decades have seen some of the most extraordinary prosperity in all of human history, and we have come to view this as the norm.

But what if inst … weiterlesen
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Titel: The Future in Plain Sight: A Look at Our Planet in the Year 2050
Autor/en: Eugene Linden

ISBN: 0452282993
EAN: 9780452282995
Sprache: Englisch.
PLUME

Januar 2002 - kartoniert - 304 Seiten

Beschreibung

For more than half a century, our planet has enjoyed a prolonged period of privilege and stability. Recent decades have seen some of the most extraordinary prosperity in all of human history, and we have come to view this as the norm.

But what if instability returned?

And what can we do to prevent that from happening?

In The Future in Plain Sight, author Eugene Linden lays out the nine factors that are symptomatic of instability in today's world. They include overpopulation, the widening gap between rich and poor, the resurgence of infectious disease, and the effects of a changing global climate. Linden explores these and other destabilizing forces and tells us what we can do to plan and prepare for life in an unsettled and unsettling universe.

From crises in the world's financial markets to the breakdown of natural systems that support human life, The Future in Plain Sight is a powerful look at what lies in store for us in the coming decades.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface
Introduction
Part I: Nine Clues to the Future
1. Hot-Tempered Markets
2. Karachi and Curitiba
3. No "Vent for Surplus"
4. The Ubiquitous Wage Gap
5. A Warning from the Ice
6. A Biosphere in Disarray
7. Living with Limits: A Preview
8. Infectious Disease Resurgent
9. The Rise of the True Believers
10. Looking Forward
Part II: Scenes from 2050
11. London: The Vicars of Finance
12. The Philippines: Ruin, Rice, and Rebirth
13. California: The Fog Lifts
14. Oaxaca, Mexico: The Poorest Find a Way
15. New York City: Advertising Adapts
16. Central Africa: Nature Out of Balance
17. Kansas: Trouble on the Farm
18. Antarctica Stirs
Part III: The Case for Instability
The Case for Instability
Afterword to the Plume Edition
Acknowledgments
Index

Portrait

Eugene Linden is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Parrot's Lament, The Future in Plain Sight, Silent Partners, and other books on animals and the environment. He has consulted for the U.S. State Department, the UN Development Program, and he is a widely traveled speaker and lecturer. In 2001, Yale University named Linden a Poynter Fellow in recognition of his writing on the environment. He lives in Nyack, New York, and Washington, D.C.
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