Earth is home to
millions of species. Yet just one dominates it. Us.
inventiveness, and activities have modified almost every part of
our planet, impacting it profoundly. Indeed, our cleverness,
inventiveness, and activities are now the drivers of every global
problem we face. And every one of these problems is accelerating as
we continue to grow towards a global population of ten
This is not a
political issue. Or a cultural issue. It's not about saving whales
or rainforests or polar bears. This is an emergency.
Written not by an
environmentalist but by a world-leading computer scientist, and
preaching not to the choir but to everyone with a stake in the
future, Ten Billion is devastatingly easy to understand.
Stephen Emmott looks at the shocking impact our species has had on
the planet and focuses on the near future, as our population
approaches the point where using everything from energy, food, and
water slams into the limits imposed by reality. Addressing the
implications for our everyday lives and the possible solutions we
may or may not take comfort in, Ten Billion is a truly
shocking assessment of our species' prospects.