Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the Co2 Crisis?

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

As the endnotes show, this book was dependent upon literally hundreds of people, especially Lester Brown, James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Joe Romm, and Nicholas Stern, whose commitment to truth and the health of our planet was constantly a source of education and inspiration.

The seed for for this book was some lectures I gave at Chinese universities in 2012, which I had been invited to give by Zhihe Wang and Meijun Fan, who founded and run the Institute for Postmodern Development of China. Zhihe and Meijun are leaders in the Chinese movement to create an “ecological civilization.”

In the first draft of these acknowledgments, I had written: “I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Tod Fletcher, who, besides being an amazingly good proof-reader, seems to know something about almost everything and has often prevented me from going astray.” But shortly after he had helped with my final chapters, Tod died suddenly and self-sacrificially. I miss him terribly. This book is published in his memory.

When I was looking around for a possible publisher of this book, a few colleagues suggested Clarity Press. Knowing that I was interested in a press that would bring the book out quickly, they told me that the editor, Diana Collier, is fast, efficient, and easy to work with. This turned out to be understatement.

As always, my greatest debt is to my wife, Ann Jaqua, sine qua non.

This book is dedicated to our grandsons with the hope that it might help make the world better for them – and their grandsons

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  • Title Page 3
  • Table of Contents 5
  • Preface 8
  • Part I - Unprecedented Threats 9
  • Introduction 11
  • 1 - Extreme Weather 24
  • 2 - Heat Waves 33
  • 3 - Droughts and Wildfires 40
  • 4 - Storms 54
  • 5 - Sea-Level Rise 68
  • 6 - Fresh Water Shortage 80
  • 7 - Food Shortage 94
  • 8 - Climate Refugees 106
  • 9 - Climate Wars 118
  • 10 - Ecosystem Collapse and Extinction 134
  • Part II - Unprecedented Challenges and Failures 151
  • 11 - Climate Change Denial 153
  • 12 - Media Failure 181
  • 13 - Political Failure 200
  • 14 - Moral Challenge 227
  • 15 - Religious Challenge 244
  • 16 - Economic Challenge 264
  • Part III - What Is to Be Done 301
  • 17 - The Transition to Clean Energy 303
  • 18 - The Abolition of Dirty Energy 362
  • 19 - Mobilization 391
  • 20 - Conclusion 421
  • EndNotes 425
  • Acknowledgments 503
  • Index 504
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