Ten Billion: Facing Our Future

by Stephen Emmott

Penguin Canada | October 1, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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Earth is home to millions of species. Yet just one dominates it. Us.

Our cleverness, 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 billion.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.47 in

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143189042

ISBN - 13: 9780143189046

Found in: Science and Nature

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Ten Billion: Facing Our Future

by Stephen Emmott

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.47 in

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143189042

ISBN - 13: 9780143189046

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This is a book about us.   It’s a book about you, your children, your parents, your friends. It’s about every one of us. It’s about our failure: failure as individuals, the failure of business, and the failure of our politicians.   It’s about the unprecedented planetary emergency we’ve created.   It’s about the future of us.   Earth is home to millions of species.   Just one dominates it. Us.   Our cleverness, our inventiveness, and our activities have modified almost every part of our planet. In fact, we are having a profound impact on it.   Indeed, our cleverness, our inventiveness, and our activities are now the drivers of every global problem we face.   And every one of these problems is accelerating as we continue to grow toward a population of ten billion.   In fact, I believe we can rightly call the situation we’re in right now an emergency—an unprecedented planetary emergency.   This is the reason I have written this book.   I am a scientist.   I lead a lab, in Cambridge, England, which is home to a unique collection of amazing young scientists. We conduct research into complex systems, including the climate system and ecosystems, as well as the impact of us humans on the earth.   Science is ultimately about understanding . And this is what we try to do: to understand the earth’s climate, and the behavior of the earth’s terrestrial and marine ec
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Earth is home to millions of species. Yet just one dominates it. Us.

Our cleverness, 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 billion.

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.

About the Author

STEPHEN EMMOTT is a professor of computing at Oxford University and head of Microsoft’s Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge. His lab is devoted to finding new techniques and ideas for solving key scientific problems. Emmott was the star of the solo theatrical production Ten Billion in London. The show, like the book, focused on the state our planet will be in when its population reaches ten billion.

Editorial Reviews

“A rallying call to arms. . . . Succinct and righteously pessimistic. . . . [with] an indispensible message to galvanize a world in potential crisis.”     — Kirkus Reviews   Praise from the U.K. for TEN BILLION “The cumulative effect of [Emmott’s] uncluttered, unadorned prose, buttressed with graphs and illustrations, is significant. . . . A spine-chilling warning of the environmental disaster that awaits the Earth.”     — The Daily Telegraph (4 stars)   “Powerful. . . . Compelling. . . . The shift in thinking that will be needed if we are to prepare ourselves for living in a different world begins with reading Emmott''s indispensable book.”     -- The Guardian    "A stark, simple and short warning about the coming catastrophe, which [Emmott] feels is inevitable, resulting from human overpopulation and over-exploitation of the world’s resources. . . . A valuable contribution to rekindling a discussion on global population that has waxed and waned in the two centuries since Thomas Robert Malthus first brought the issue to public attention."       -- Financial Times Acclaim for the theater production of TEN BILLION, performed by Stephen Emmott at London''s Royal Court Theatre: "This an hour of Matrix moments, of reminders of what underlies our daily lives. It''s freeing to face the fact
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