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Explains climate-change and culture-shift and how their effects, and our responses to them, will transform Earth and humankind into the 22nd-century (c.2100)
Presents a one-of-a-kind vision of our current age as a “hinge” or axial century, one driven by the most radical combined change of nature and culture since the rise of agriculture at the end of the last Ice Age
Designed to accessibly and objectively share with the reader what we know at a state-of-the-science level: seeks to advance understanding rather than advocate any particular agenda
Imagines a future after world circa 2100
In this book, an international team of environmental and social scientists explain two powerful current change-engines and how their effects, and our responses to them, will transform Earth and humankind into the 22nd-century (c.2100).
This book begins by detailing the current state of knowledge about these two ongoing, accelerating and potentially world-transforming changes: climate change, in the form of global warming, and a profound emerging shift of normative cultural condition toward the assumptions and values often associated with so-called postmodernity, such as tolerance, diversity, self-referentiality, and dubiety replaced with certainty. Next, the contributors imagine, explain and debate the most likely consequent transformations of human and natural ecologies and economies that will take place by the end of the 21st-century.
In 16 compellingly original, provocative and readable chapters, A World after Climate Change and Culture-Shift presents a one-of-a-kind vision of our current age as a “hinge” or axial century, one driven by the most radical combined change of nature and culture since the rise of agriculture at the end of the last Ice Age some 10 millennia ago. This book is highly recommended to scholars and students of the environmental and social sciences, as well as to all readers interested in how changes in nature and culture will work together to reshape our world and ourselves.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Axial age - Cancun adaption framework - Changes at Sub-global scales - Climate change and culture shift in Vietnam - Climate change in the form of global warming - Cultural shift in Europe - Cultural shifts in East and Southeast Asia - Culture shift in University students - Defining the geography of Europe - Earth's energy balance - Environmental struggle - Europe 2050-2100 - Global climate change and domestic energy consumption - Human geography of North America in 2100 - Human mobility - Mitigation and adaptation - Most radical combined change of nature and culture - Reshape our world and ourselves - Scarcity of water resources - Struggle for power and energy - The Phillippines and climate change - The future of the Middle East - The postmodern environment - Transformations of human and natural ecologies and economies - UNFCCC - World-transforming changes - intellectual foundations and philosophical assumptions