End Game: Tipping Point for Planet Earth?

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overconsumption / population growth / dwindling natural resources / climate change / disease / contamination / storms / thirst / war … will the struggle to simply stay alive become humanity’s future rather than its past?

What happens if population pressures finally hit a threshold that tumbles the dominoes of food, water, energy, climate, pollution, and biodiversity, which in turn break up the intricate workings of the global society? Just how close we may be to a global tipping point becomes apparent when you take a helicopter view and see what’s happening at the scale of the entire planet.

In ‘End Game’ Professors Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly have compiled a giddying single overview of the calamities which we face from huge human population growth. We know that resources, climate change and environmental contamination are all at dangerous levels, but what if they all become critical at once? Unless things change this tipping point will be reached. Our carbon footprint is now a carbon acre, global warming is now simmering – we each probably use up about about 194 pounds of stuff a day and an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of water each year. And soon there will be 9 billion of us.

The combination of this spend will plunge us quite suddenly into a global knife fight for remaining space, food, oil and water. The danger is palpable, but the solutions, as Barnosky and Hadly show, are still available. The most important wake-up call since Paul and Anne Ehrlich’s ‘The Population Bomb’, ‘End Game’ is globally relevant and increasingly crucial.

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overconsumption / population growth / dwindling resources / climate change / disease / contamination / storms / thirst / war … will the struggle to simply stay alive become humanity’s future rather than its past?

What happens when vast population growth endangers the world’s food supplies? Or our water? Our energy needs, climate, or environment? Or the planet’s biodiversity? What happens if these all become critical at once? Just what is our future?

In ‘End Game’, world-renowned scientists Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly draw on their work to explain the growing threats to humanity as the planet edges towards a resource war for remaining space, food, oil and water. And as they show, these wars are not the nightmares of a dystopian future but are already happening today. They explore the origins of Ebola in densely populated areas of south-eastern Guinea, witness raging fires in Yellowstone and Colorado and explain how drought-induced food shortages are already causing problems in the Sudan, Gaza Strip and Iraq. Finally, they ask: at what point will inaction become the break-up of the intricate workings of the global society?

The planet is in danger now, but the solutions, as Barnosky and Hadly show, are still available. We still have the chance to avoid the tipping point and to make the future better. But this window of opportunity is closing fast and will shut within ten-to-twenty years. ‘End Game’ is the call we need.

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‘Just because we have collectively lost interest in the doom clock doesn't mean it has stopped ticking … Barnosky and Hadly are serious players … When tipping points are reached, the change can be violent as well as sudden … you cannot fault the authors' determination to try to warn us’ Newsweek

‘In ‘End Game’, Barnosky and Hadly eloquently lay out the ecological perils we face, deftly showing how they might segue into food and water shortages, disease, resource wars and mass migrations … Now we know the challenges for the 21st century; we just need to act’ Fred Pearce, New Scientist

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