The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

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The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe went ignored for decades, leading to soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, widespread drought, and-finally-the disaster now known as the Great Collapse of 2093, when the disintegration of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet led to mass migration and a complete reshuffling of the global order. Writing from the Second People's Republic of China on the 300th anniversary of the Great Collapse, a senior scholar presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment-the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies—failed to act, bringing about the collapse of Western civilization. Dramatizing science in ways traditional nonfiction cannot, The Collapse of Western Civilization reasserts the importance of scientists and the work they do, providing a welcome moment of clarity amid the cacophony of climate-change literature.

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ISBN-13: 9781974919901
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Naomi Oreskes is a professor of the history of science and an affiliated professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University. Her 2004 essay The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change was cited by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth and led to op-ed pieces and Congressional testimony. She is the co-author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.

Erik M. Conway is a historian of science and technology employed by the California Institute of Technology. He recently received a NASA History Award for path-breaking contributions to space history, ranging from aeronautics to Earth and space sciences and an AIAA History Manuscript Award for his fourth book, Atmospheric Science at NASA: A History.

Lesa Lockford is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. She teaches courses in voice for the actor, dialects, acting, and performance studies. She is also a writer and performer. Before becoming a teacher, she was a professional actor in Great Britain, where she appeared in a variety of roles in television, in film, and on the stage. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Table of Contents

1. The Coming of the Penumbral Age
2. The Frenzy of Fossil Fuels
3. Market Failure
Lexicon of Archaic Terms
Interview with the Authors
About the Authors

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