Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Author(s): Bill McKibben
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Apr 13, 2010
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Product Number: Z100124856
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427209504
Narrator/s: Oliver Wyman
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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"Read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important." —Barbara Kingsolver Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth. That new planet is filled with new binds and traps. A changing world costs large sums to defend—think of the money that went to repair New Orleans, or the trillions it will take to transform our energy systems. But the endless economic growth that could underwrite such largesse depends on the stable planet we've managed to damage and degrade. We can't rely on old habits any longer. Our hope depends, McKibben argues, on scaling back—on building the kind of societies and economies that can hunker down, concentrate on essentials, and create the type of community (in the neighborhood, but also on the Internet) that will allow us to weather trouble on an unprecedented scale. Change—fundamental change—is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance.

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Author(s): Bill McKibben
Genre: Science
Product Number EB00094807
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781429935852

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"The title of this book is meant to show that the planet we now inhabit has been so fundamentally changed by global warming that it no longer exists. Instead, a new planet, Eaarth--with more methane in the oceans, higher sea levels, and more violent storms--has supplanted it. Narrator Oliver Wyman's clear voice sounds very earnest throughout the book. He goes beyond just reading the words and seems as if he actually believes them, which makes for a convincing performance. Wyman should have used his own voice throughout the text, though. His accents for British scientists and African statesmen do not just fall short--they detract from the book's overall message. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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