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Author:  Bill McKibben
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312541198
ISBN-13: 9780312541194
Sku: 216905281
Publish Date: 3/15/2011
Pages:  288
 
Argues that a large-scale shift in Earths climate is unavoidable and explains how humans should live if they are going to sustain themselves on the new planet that their mistakes have created. *Author: McKibben, Bill *Subtitle: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet *Publication Date: 2011/03/15 *Number of Pages: 261 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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"Read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important." —Barbara Kingsolver

Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth.

That new planet is filled with new binds and traps. A changing world costs large sums to defend—think of the money that went to repair New Orleans, or the trillions it will take to transform our energy systems. But the endless economic growth that could underwrite such largesse depends on the stable planet we've managed to damage and degrade. We can't rely on old habits any longer.

Our hope depends, McKibben argues, on scaling back—on building the kind of societies and economies that can hunker down, concentrate on essentials, and create the type of community (in the neighborhood, but also on the Internet) that will allow us to weather trouble on an unprecedented scale. Change—fundamental change—is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance.

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In his 1990 debut, THE END OF NATURE, Bill McKibben presented a cogent environmental analysis which predicted a future of climate change and environmental deterioration. Twenty years later, all of McKibben's forecasts have come to fruition, and he now sees little choice but to discuss those devastating developments in the past tense. According to McKibben, the damage is done, and the Earth which nurtured humanity for thousands of years has been so irreparably altered that we would do better to call it by a new name--Eaarth. With his typical blend of evidentiary data and revelatory insight, McKibben provides a comprehensive summary of how the steady increase in temperatures caused primarily by fossil-fuel burning has directly caused the decline of the global ecosystem, marked by melting icecaps, acidifying oceans, dwindling diversity among species, and more extreme climactic events. Of course, McKibben remains one of the most outspoken and effective environmental advocates alive, and he is far from throwing in the towel, as he outlines a series of very reasonable lifestyle changes which must be made in order for people to adapt to life on our new planet.

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"What distinguishes McKibben as an environmental writer beyond his literary finesse and firm grasp of the complexities of science and society is his generous pragmatism, informed vision of small-scale solutions to our food and energy needs, and belief that Eaarth will remain a nurturing planet if we face facts, jettison destructive habits, and pursue new ways of living with creativity and conscience." (starred review) - Donna Seaman 12/01/2009

"EAARTH is a scrupulous and impassioned account of the severely compromised globe on which we now live. He lays out the myriad ways in which climate change has remade our world, but he also goes much further, chronicling its current and future human toll." - Jed Lipinski 04/16/2010

"An excellent storyteller and a graceful writer, McKibben uses those skills to make his disheartening tale interesting....He presents anecdotes about recent floods, droughts, melting glaciers, and other unprecedented weather-related events, and he describes the scientific evidence that indicates they are linked to human emissions of greenhouse gases....There is enough of a possibility that McKibben's portrait is correct that we should do what we can to limit and prepare for the possible damage." - Warren Leon 04/22/2010

"Unlike many writers on environmental cataclysm, McKibben is actually a writer, and a very good one at that. He is smart enough to know that the reader needs a dark chuckle of a bone thrown at him now and then to keep plowing through the bad news." - Paul Greenberg 05/09/2010

"EAARTH is tough reading, with a tough message. It offers a view of economic growth not typically encountered in mainstream discussion, with all its moral dimensions unmasked and clarified. It takes us away from fantasies of living as we have in the past, prompted by both empirical and ethical necessity. It goes as far as to question the true basis of happiness, whether it is reflected in standard measures of economic growth, or whether it lies in neighborliness, community, self-reliance, and harmonious coexistence with nature." - Anis Shivani 05/30/2010

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