Surviving the 21st Century

Humanity's Ten Great Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them

Author: Julian Cribb

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319412701

Category: Nature

Page: 255

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The book explores the central question facing humanity today: how can we best survive the ten great existential challenges that are now coming together to confront us? Besides describing these challenges from the latest scientific perspectives, it also outlines and integrates the solutions, both at global and individual level and concludes optimistically. This book brings together in one easy-to-read work the principal issues facing humanity. It is written for the two next generations who will have to deal with the compounding risks they inherit, and which flow from overpopulation, resource pressures and human nature. The author examines ten intersecting areas of activity (mass extinction, resource depletion, WMD, climate change, universal toxicity, food crises, population and urban expansion, pandemic disease, dangerous new technologies and self-delusion) which pose manifest risks to civilization and, potentially, to our species’ long-term future. This isn’t a book just about problems. It is also about solutions. Every chapter concludes with clear conclusions and consensus advice on what needs to be done at global level —but it also empowers individuals with what they can do for themselves to make a difference. Unlike other books, it offers integrated solutions across the areas of greatest risk. It explains why Homo sapiens is no longer an appropriate name for our species, and what should be done about it.

America’s Most Sustainable Cities and Regions

Surviving the 21st Century Megatrends

Author: John W. Day,Charles Hall

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1493932438

Category: Science

Page: 348

View: 1011


This book takes you on a unique journey through American history, taking time to consider the forces that shaped the development of various cities and regions, and arrives at an unexpected conclusion regarding sustainability. From the American Dream to globalization to the digital and information revolutions, we assume that humans have taken control of our collective destinies in spite of potholes in the road such as the Great Recession of 2007-2009. However, these attitudes were formed during a unique 100-year period of human history in which a large but finite supply of fossil fuels was tapped to feed our economic and innovation engine. Today, at the peak of the Oil Age, the horizon looks different. Cities such as Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas are situated where water and other vital ecological services are scarce, and the enormous flows of resources and energy that were needed to create the megalopolises of the 20th century will prove unsustainable. Climate change is a reality, and regional impacts will become increasingly severe. Economies such as Las Vegas, which are dependent on discretionary income and buffeted by climate change, are already suffering the fate of the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Finite resources will mean profound changes for society in general and the energy-intensive lifestyles of the US and Canada in particular. But not all regions are equally vulnerable to these 21st-century megatrends. Are you ready to look beyond “America’s Most Livable Cities” to the critical factors that will determine the sustainability of your municipality and region? Find out where your city or region ranks according to the forces that will impact our lives in the next years and decades. Find out how: ·resource availability and ecological services shaped the modern landscape ·emerging megatrends will make cities and regions more or less livable in the new century ·your city or region ranks on a “sustainability” map of the United States ·urban metabolism puts large cities at particular risk ·sustainability factors will favor economic solutions at a local, rather than global, level ·these principles apply to industrial economies and countries globally. This book should be cited as follows: J. Day, C. Hall, E. Roy, M. Moersbaecher, C. D'Elia, D. Pimentel, and A. Yanez. 2016. America's most sustainable cities and regions: Surviving the 21st century megatrends. Springer, New York. 348 p.

Financial Reckoning Day

Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century

Author: Will Bonner,Addison Wiggin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471481300

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 306

View: 3207


"History shows that people who save and invest grow and prosper,and the others deteriorate and collapse. As Financial Reckoning Day demonstrates, artificiallylow interest rates and rapid credit creation policies set by AlanGreenspan and the Federal Reserve caused the bubble in U.S. stocksof the late '90s. . . . Now, policies being pursued at the Fed aremaking the bubble worse. They are changing it from a stock marketbubble to a consumption and housing bubble. And when those bubbles burst, it's going to be worse than the stockmarket bubble . . . No one, of course, wants to hear it. They want the quick fix. Theywant to buy the stock and watch it go up twenty-five percentbecause that's what happened last year, and that's what they say onTV." —Jim Rogers, author of the bestseller AdventureCapitalist from the Foreword to Financial Reckoning Day Advanced praise from bestselling authors "An investment book that will not only enlarge your investmenthorizon, but also make you laugh and thoroughly entertain you for afew hours." —Dr. Marc Faber, author of the bestseller Tomorrow'sGold "Financial Reckoning Day is . . . in the category ofscintillating sex or good vision, something to be savored andenjoyed-before it is too late." —James Dale Davidson, author of the bestseller The GreatReckoning and The Sovereign Individual "A powerful and insightful vision . . . each paragraphstimulates a new rush of thoughts that fills in gaping holes in theinvestor's understanding of what has happened to their dreams . . .while prepping them to confront any new confusion that mayarrive." —Martin D. Weiss, author of the bestseller CrashProfits

The Long Emergency

Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century

Author: James Howard Kunstler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781843544548

Category: Climate and civilization

Page: 307

View: 8627


The last two hundred years have seen the greatest explosion of progress and wealth in the history of mankind. But the age of oil, that fuelled this expansion, is coming rapidly to an end. The depletion of fossil fuels is about to transform life as we know it, and do so much sooner than we think. In "The Long Emergency", the distinguished commentator and analyst James Howard Kunstler explains what to expect after we pass the tipping point of peak oil production, and sets out to prepare us for economic, political, and social changes of an unimaginable scale.

The Planet of the Thinking Animal

Surviving the 21st Century

Author: Tor Hundloe

Publisher: Jojo Pub

ISBN: 9780980619300

Category: Nature

Page: 264

View: 3873


Global warming is reality; it is no longer a theory. Practical people faced with the job of countering the threats of potentially dramatic climate surprises, melting icecaps, and sea-level rises are seeking solutions to lower and hold constant the emission of greenhouse gases. We will need to reduce them by 60 to 80 percent in a short time—by the year 2050. Sea-level rises resulting in flooding in low-lying countries are the most obvious impacts we will have to live with until we turn the greenhouse ship around. As a global society, we are now faced with some big questions. How do we feed and provide water to the extra five billion people who will be on the planet in forty years time? What are our choices when oil runs out? Professor Tor Hundloe presents us with two options: change the way we live, or find two more planets to support the world's burgeoning population.

Awakening in the 21St Century

Surviving a Spiritually Dormant Society

Author: Grace Sara

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1504348699

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 118

View: 897


Awakening in the 21st Century brings into light the challenge of awakening in a spiritually dormant society, and how to healthily cope with this test. This easily comprehensible book teaches the improvement of psychic abilities, energy work, meditation, and astral projection while staying true to the basics: full spiritual awakening and self-betterment. Through poems, texts, and stories, it encourages the seeker to not be afraid of the unknown, but rather to embrace the art of not being afraid.

Phänomen Honigbiene

Author: Jürgen Tautz,Helga R. Heilmann

Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag

ISBN: 9783827418456

Category: Science

Page: 278

View: 1807


Neue Einblicke in die faszinierende Welt der Honigbienen Ob als Lieferanten von Honig und Wachs, als Meister der sozialen Organisation in einem hoch geordneten Staatswesen oder als Architekten beeindruckend regelmäßiger Wabenkonstruktionen – Honigbienen faszinieren den Menschen seit jeher. Und dank ihrer enormen Bestäubungsleistung bei Kulturpflanzen sind sie für uns schlicht unverzichtbar. Wissenschaftler, die den Geheimnissen dieser Insekten auf der Spur sind, entschlüsseln Schritt für Schritt das „Phänomen Honigbiene“ – und stoßen dabei immer wieder auf neue Überraschungen. Das vorliegende Buch lässt den Leser teilhaben am aktuellen Stand des Wissens und an den oft bahnbrechenden Erkenntnissen, die in den vergangenen Jahren – nicht zuletzt von der Arbeitsgruppe um Jürgen Tautz in Würzburg – gewonnen worden sind. Zugleich vermitteln die zahlreichen bislang weitgehend unveröffentlichten Aufnahmen der Fotografin Helga R. Heilmann dem Betrachter ein neues visuelles Bild dieser evolutionär so erfolgreichen Organismen. "Der Bienenstaat gleicht einem Zauberbrunnen; je mehr man daraus schöpft, desto reicher fließt er", hat Karl von Frisch, der Altmeister der Honigbienenforschung, einmal treffend gesagt. Lassen Sie sich zu diesem Zauberbrunnen entführen! _____ Wer dieses Buch liest, wird sich der Faszination des „Phänomens Honigbiene“ kaum entziehen können. Alte Ansätze, frische Blickwinkel und neue Untersuchungsmethoden lassen das Bild eines Superorganismus entstehen, der zweifellos zu den erstaunlichsten Geschöpfen der Erde zählt. Die hochorganisierte Staatenbildung der Bienen und ihre überragende Bedeutung für die Artenvielfalt vieler Lebensräume wie auch für die Erträge der Landwirtschaft rücken sie in den Blickpunkt des Interesses von Experten und Nichtfachleuten gleichermaßen. Was sind die Erfolgsgeheimnisse dieses Superorganismus? Was macht seine einsame Sonderstellung aus? Im letzten Jahrzehnt sind – insbesondere in der Arbeitsgruppe um Professor Jürgen Tautz in Würzburg – zahlreiche Daten und Erkenntnisse zusammengetragen worden, die ein in vielen Aspekten gänzlich neues Bild der Honigbiene Apis mellifera liefern. Der vorliegende Text-Bild-Band stellt erstmals diese „neue Biene“ in verständlicher und unterhaltsamer Weise einem breiten Publikum vor. Die Texte wie auch die beeindruckenden Fotografien von Helga R. Heilmann führen dem Leser und Betrachter die Ästhetik, Komplexität und atemberaubenden Errungenschaften des „Phänomens Honigbiene“ anschaulich vor Augen. So finden in diesem ebenso ansprechenden und informativen Buch auch die berühmten Werke von Karl von Frisch ein kongeniales Update.

Vedic Ecology

Practical Wisdom for Surviving the 21st Century

Author: Ranchor Prime

Publisher: Springer Science & Business

ISBN: 9781886069657

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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Drawing on India's ancient roots, Prime explores the possibility of applying old-world knowledge to new-world problems. Discover the environmental perspective put forth by the Vedas and how environmental activists and thinkers are applying it today. The author presents his own conclusions about high thinking and simple living, as well as interviewing prominent activists including scientist Vandana Shiva, Satish Kumar, Banwari (editor of Jansata, a Hindi daily newspaper) and prominent environmentalist Sevak Saran. Includes over 45 illustrations.

Surviving Parenting In The 21st Century

Have You Seen My Innocence

Author: Rufus Triplett,Jenny Triplett

Publisher: Dawah International LLC

ISBN: 0692339116


Page: 66

View: 7969


The second release by Rufus and Jenny Triplett, Ebony Magazine's Couple of the Year 2012, is a parenting playbook that deals with the comedy and lessons of raising kids. Included are stories about bullying, driving, cellphones, sibling bickering, peer pressure, teenage pregnancy and so much more. It is full of tips to help guide parents through this crazy matrix of parenting. The Triplett's have raised three boys, with no baby daddies. It's an easy page turner and great read for Teens, Preteens and Tweens. Find more great parenting philosophies -

21 Lektionen für das 21. Jahrhundert

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406727794

Category: History

Page: 459

View: 9973


Yuval Noah Harari ist der Weltstar unter den Historikern. In «Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit» erzählte er vom Aufstieg des Homo Sapiens zum Herrn der Welt. In «Homo Deus» ging es um die Zukunft unserer Spezies. Sein neues Buch schaut auf das Hier und Jetzt und konfrontiert uns mit den drängenden Fragen unserer Zeit. Wie unterscheiden wir Wahrheit und Fiktion im Zeitalter der Fake News? Was sollen wir unseren Kindern beibringen? Wie können wir in unserer unübersichtlichen Welt moralisch handeln? Wie bewahren wir Freiheit und Gleichheit im 21. Jahrhundert? Seit Jahrtausenden hat die Menschheit über den Fragen gebrütet, wer wir sind und was wir mit unserem Leben anfangen sollen. Doch jetzt setzen uns die heraufziehende ökologische Krise, die wachsende Bedrohung durch Massenvernichtungswaffen und der Aufstieg neuer disruptiver Technologien unter Zeitdruck. Bald schon wird irgendjemand darüber entscheiden müssen, wie wir die Macht nutzen, die künstliche Intelligenz und Biotechnologie bereit halten. Dieses Buch will möglichst viele Menschen dazu anregen, sich an den großen Debatten unserer Zeit zu beteiligen, damit die Antworten nicht von den blinden Kräften des Marktes gegeben werden.

What Next?

Surviving the Twenty-first Century

Author: Chris Patten

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141905662

Category: Political Science

Page: 528

View: 9234


Globalisation, energy, international crime, Weapons of Mass Destruction, nuclear proliferation, small arms proliferation, international drugs trafficking, climate change, water shortage, migration, epidemic disease, the fraying of the nation state: the list of challenges facing our world is itself proliferating rapidly, and nobody seems to have much of a grip on what is going on. Digesting vast amounts of information from a multiplicity of sources, and drawing on his experience at the highest levels of national and international politics, Chris Patten analyses what we know in each of these areas and argues how in each of them we could get somewhere we might want to be. Very little, he says, has turned out as we might have expected twenty years ago, but there is plenty we can still do. Readers of Patten's previous books will know what a penetrating analyst and engaging writer he is. This is his most ambitious and impressive yet.

Living the Good Life

Surviving in the 21st Century

Author: Charles M. II Wood

Publisher: Woodland Press

ISBN: 9780972486705

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 5952


A collection of inspirational and challenging messages that help in self-evaluation.

Praktischer Wegweiser für die Weltwirtschaftskrise - Band I

Individuelle und gemeinschaftliche Strategien

Author: Renate Klíma,Robert Klíma

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3848288354

Category: Self-Help

Page: 408

View: 3007


Der vorliegende Band I erläutert detailliert nahezu alle wichtigen Bereiche der Krisenvorsorge, angefangen von der mentalen Einstimmung auf die Krise, der Bevorratung, dem Anlegen eines Kleingartens, der Mobilität bis zum Alternativerwerbseinkommen und Ihrem persönlichen Crash-Alltag. Wirtschaftliche Hintergrundinformationen in verständlicher Sprache und Tipps zum Schutz Ihrer Anlagewerte vor dem Totalverlust sowie wichtige Fakten zum zeitlosen Geld in Form von Gold und Silber runden dieses Krisenvorsorgepaket mit 6 Anhängen mit vielen sofort anwendbaren Tipps und Listen ab. Beide Bände können unabhängig voneinander gelesen werden, ergänzen sich jedoch in der Gesamtschau.

Time for Change

Wie ich meiner Tochter die Wirtschaft erkläre

Author: Yanis Varoufakis

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446445250

Category: Political Science

Page: 180

View: 935


In "Time for Change" entfaltet Yanis Varoufakis die Grundlagen seines Denkens – indem er seiner Tochter in allgemeinverständlicher Sprache die Welt der Wirtschaft erklärt. Behutsam, Schritt für Schritt und doch voller Leidenschaft bringt er ihr und uns seine kritische Perspektive auf die europäische Finanzpolitik nahe.

The Psychotherapists' Guide to Managed Care in the 21st Century

Surviving Big Brother and Providing Quality Mental Health Services

Author: Sondra Tuckfelt

Publisher: Jason Aronson Incorporated

ISBN: 9780765700025

Category: Medical

Page: 402

View: 7450


This work covers the theory and practice of short-term therapy. The text deals with patient confidentiality, outlines specific psychotherapeutic techniques with alternatives, and provides sample forms for patient files and treatment reports, as well as highlighting incidents of managed care abuse.