A World After Climate Change and Culture-Shift

  • Jim Norwine

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Gerald R. North
      Pages 25-42
    3. Michael S. Bruner, John Davenport, Jim Norwine
      Pages 43-62
  3. Imagining a World: General Impacts and Implications

  4. Imagining a World: Specific Regional Impacts and Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-140
    2. Niem Tu Huynh, Anke Uhlenwinkel
      Pages 141-191
    3. Pinhas Alpert, Fengjun Jin, Akio Kitoh
      Pages 193-203
    4. Ilhan Kaya, Yilmaz Ari, Hakkı Yazici
      Pages 205-224
    5. Mark Bjelland, Michael S. Bruner, John Davenport
      Pages 225-244
    6. Niem Tu Huynh, Wen Lin, L. Renee Ness, Darlene Occeña-Gutierrez, Xuân Duy Trần
      Pages 245-302
  5. Inhabiting an Imagined World: Better or Worse? Four Interpretations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-304
    2. Gladden J. Pappin
      Pages 305-325
    3. David J. Nemeth
      Pages 327-349

About this book


In this book, an international team of environmental and social scientists explain two powerful current change-engines and how their effects, and our responses to them, will transform Earth and humankind into the 22nd-century (c.2100). 

This book begins by detailing the current state of knowledge about these two ongoing, accelerating and potentially world-transforming changes: climate change, in the form of global warming, and a profound emerging shift of normative cultural condition toward the assumptions and values often associated with so-called postmodernity, such as tolerance, diversity, self-referentiality, and dubiety replaced with certainty. Next, the contributors imagine, explain and debate the most likely consequent transformations of human and natural ecologies and economies that will take place by the end of the 21st-century.

In 16 compellingly original, provocative and readable chapters, A World after Climate Change and Culture-Shift presents a one-of-a-kind vision of our current age as a “hinge” or axial century, one driven by the most radical combined change of nature and culture since the rise of agriculture at the end of the last Ice Age some 10 millennia ago. This book is highly recommended to scholars and students of the environmental and social sciences, as well as to all readers interested in how changes in nature and culture will work together to reshape our world and ourselves.    


Axial age Cancun adaption framework Changes at Sub-global scales Climate change and culture shift in Vietnam Climate change in the form of global warming Cultural shift in Europe Cultural shifts in East and Southeast Asia Culture shift in University students Defining the geography of Europe Earth's energy balance Environmental struggle Europe 2050-2100 Global climate change and domestic energy consumption Human geography of North America in 2100 Human mobility Mitigation and adaptation Most radical combined change of nature and culture Reshape our world and ourselves Scarcity of water resources Struggle for power and energy The Phillippines and climate change The future of the Middle East The postmodern environment Transformations of human and natural ecologies and economies UNFCCC World-transforming changes intellectual foundations and philosophical assumptions

Editors and affiliations

  • Jim Norwine
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  1. 1.OologahUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7353-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7352-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7353-0
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