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Main Title The collapse of Western civilization : a view from the future /
Author Oreskes, Naomi,
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Conway, Erik M.,
Publisher Columbia University Press,
Year Published 2014
OCLC Number 863195588
ISBN 9780231169547; 023116954X
Subjects Climatic changes--Fiction ; Civilization, Western--Forecasting--Fiction ; Civilization, Western--21st century--Fiction ; Science and civilization--Fiction ; Pays occidentaux ; Civilisations ; Dšastres naturels ; Combustibles fossiles ; Changement climatique ; Futur ; Progress--Forecasting ; Twenty-first century ; Klimañderung ; Prognose ; Untergang ; Zivilisation ; Framstegstanken ; Framtidsstudier ; Twenty-first century--Forecasts ; Klimaänderung--(DE-588)4164199-1 ; Prognose--(DE-588)4047390-9 ; Untergang--(DE-588)4135600-7 ; Zivilisation--(DE-588)4067906-8
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EOAM  CB158.O64 2014 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 10/31/2016
Collation x, 89 pages : map ; 18 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 81-89).
Contents Notes
Introduction -- The coming of the penumbral age -- The frenzy of fossil fuels -- Market failure -- Epilogue. In 2393, a historian of the Second People's Republic of China reviews the "Penumbral Age" (1988-2093), when politicians, corporations, and scientists ignored the statistical significance of climate disaster. Carbon dioxide warming the planet, deadly summer heat and fires, and the collapse of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet lead to a second Black Death and "the Great Collapse" of the Western world. In this haunting, provocative work of science-based fiction, Naomi Oreskes and Eric M. Conway imagine a world devastated by climate change. Dramatizing the science in ways traditional nonfiction cannot, the book reasserts the importance of scientists and the work they do and reveals the self-serving interests of the so called "carbon combustion complex" that have turned the practice of science into political fodder. Based on sound scholarship and yet unafraid to speak boldly, this book provides a welcome moment of clarity amid the cacophony of climate change literature.