Surviving the 21st Century

Humanity's Ten Great Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them

  • Julian Cribb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book

Introduction

The book explores the central question facing humanity today: how can we best survive the ten great existential challenges that are now coming together to confront us? Besides describing these challenges from the latest scientific perspectives, it also outlines and integrates the solutions, both at global and individual level and concludes optimistically. This book brings together in one easy-to-read work the principal issues facing humanity. It is written for the two next generations who will have to deal with the compounding risks they inherit, and which flow from overpopulation, resource pressures and human nature.

The author examines ten intersecting areas of activity (mass extinction, resource depletion, WMD, climate change, universal toxicity, food crises, population and urban expansion, pandemic disease, dangerous new technologies and self-delusion) which pose manifest risks to civilization and, potentially, to our species’ long-term future. This isn’t a book just about problems. It is also about solutions. Every chapter concludes with clear conclusions and consensus advice on what needs to be done at global level —but it also empowers individuals with what they can do for themselves to make a difference. Unlike other books, it offers integrated solutions across the areas of greatest risk. It explains why Homo sapiens is no longer an appropriate name for our species, and what should be done about it.

Keywords

climate change and humanity population and urban expansion pandemic disease environmental toxicity resource depletion global biodiversity food related diseases global surveillance state anthropocene human extinction

Authors and affiliations

  • Julian Cribb
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  1. 1.CanberraAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-41270-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-41269-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-41270-2
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