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The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future by David Wallace-Wells, ISBN: 9780141988870
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ISBN: 9780141988870
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 5 September, 2019
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Editions: 14 other editions of this product
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The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

'If you read just one work of non-fiction this year, it should probably be this' - David Sexton, Evening Standard

A Waterstones Paperback of the Year and shortlisted for the Foyles Book of the Year 2019

It is worse, much worse, than you think.

The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.

Over the past decades, the term "Anthropocene" has climbed into the popular imagination - a name given to the geologic era we live in now, one defined by human intervention in the life of the planet. But however sanguine you might be about the proposition that we have ravaged the natural world, which we surely have, it is another thing entirely to consider the possibility that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial a climate system that will now go to war with us for many centuries, perhaps until it destroys us. In the meantime, it will remake us, transforming every aspect of the way we live-the planet no longer nurturing a dream of abundance, but a living nightmare.

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