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Ten Billion | [Stephen Emmott]

Ten Billion

Just over 200 years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth. There are now over seven billion of us. And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least 10 billion. Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us. As the population continues to grow, our problems will increase. And this means that every way we look at it, a planet of 10 billion people is likely to be a nightmare.
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Just over 200 years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth.

There are now over seven billion of us.

And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least 10 billion.

Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us.

As the population continues to grow, our problems will increase. And this means that every way we look at it, a planet of 10 billion people is likely to be a nightmare.

Stephen Emmott, a scientist whose lab is at the forefront of research into complex natural systems, sounds the alarm. Ten Billion is a snapshot of our planet, and our species, approaching a crisis, and a stark analysis of where this leaves us. Ten Billion is not another climate book. Ten Billion is a book about us.

©2013 Stephen Emmott (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A rallying call to arms... Succinct and righteously pessimistic...[with] an indispensible message to galvanize a world in potential crisis." (Kirkus Reviews)

"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)

"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)

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